|Bryan Parker, right, with fellow Oakland mayoral candidate Courtney Ruby at a candidates forum in August, is marking the anniversary of Occupy Oakland, not the movement , but the raid on it three years ago. PHOTO/Steven Tavares|
“Three years ago this month, our city was locked in the throes of the Occupy Oakland movement and in ten days, we will mark the third anniversary of the raid on the Occupy Oakland encampments - a day when three City Hall insiders who are currently running to be the next mayor allowed Oakland businesses to be vandalized and civil rights to be violated,” Parker said in a press release Wednesday.
Parker, whose campaign has struggled to gain much traction despite being one of the top-funded in the mayor’s race, says the three current Oakland elected officials in the race did nothing to stop the Occupy Oakland movement from causing physical damage to the city. Incidentally, those same candidates—Mayor Jean Quan, Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Libby Schaaf—are viewed as the three top front runners in next month's election.
"The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior,” Parker continued. “Quan, Kaplan, and Schaaf failed to lead all Oaklanders--protesters, police, small business owners, average residents--with courage and competence through the contentious Occupy months. Mayor Quan was out of town and Councilmembers Kaplan and Schaaf sat idly by. They failed to lead in the past, they will fail to lead again in the future."
Parker’s comments, seemingly pulled from the dystopian film, The Hunger Games, is not surprising for its pro-business slant. The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has endorsed his campaign as did the moderate-leaning editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle. Parker is also one of the few mayoral candidates not in favor of Measure FF—the city’s referendum to raise its minimum wage to $12.25—an issue of income inequality that was the impetus for the Occupy Oakland protests.