Rain won’t dampen our spirits as First Friday, the Tree Lighting at Jack London Square and Saturday’s Holiday Parade and Toy Drive Launch take place. Check out the many listings. Tomorrow there are many special shopping opportunities during First Friday in and outside the galleries. Saturday we start with the Parade on Broadway, Toy Drive at City Hall and in the evening the Yacht Parade on the Estuary. Hope to see you!
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Meet Mayor Quan
I got my start in Oakland politics in 1989 as a parent trying to save the schools’ music and arts programs. I served on the Oakland Board of Education for 3 terms and the Oakland City Council for 2 terms before being elected Oakland’s first woman and first Asian American mayor in 2010.
As the first Asian American woman mayor of a major US City, I have been a leader at the local, regional, state and national level, serving on the boards of the California and National League of Cities and a number of other policy-level organizations focused on smart growth, green economies and urban issues.
A resident of Oakland for more than 30 years, I have dedicated my life to making government work for people.
To learn more, visit Mayor Jean Quan’s official website.