A petition to recall Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was certified yesterday for signature gathering just as a second group of residents submitted their own recall petition against the increasingly embattled mayor.
The backers of the first petition will have 160 days to collect roughly 20,000 valid signatures of registered Oakland voters, giving them a deadline of May 14.
Gene Hazzard, a photographer for the Oakland Post who has been politically active in the black community submitted the first petition and is controlling the campaign.
One of those groups is led Greg Harland, who ran for mayor against Quan last year, and whose group filed the second recall petition with Oakland’s city clerk on Wednesday.
Late Wednesday Quan released a statement: “My energies are focused on jobs, public safety and education to move the city forward – doing my job as mayor.”