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Oakland deputy mayor resigns as protesters take to the streets


Demonstrators try to extinguish a rubbish fire at the Occupy Oakland demonstration Oakland, California. Nov. 3, 2011.


Stephen Lam

SAN FRANCISCO -- Oakland Deputy Mayor Sharon Cornu resigned Monday in the wake of the shut down of the encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Cornu was not specific in explaining why she stepped down from the post, and did not site the Occupy Oakland protests as factoring into her decision.

Just a few hours earlier, Mayor Jean Quan's legal adviser, Dan Siegel, announced his resignation on Twitter, according to the Washington Post. Siegel posted to his account, "Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators."

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Cormu was less hostile toward her former boss, saying that Quan was taking the right course of action with the encampment, said The Bay Citizen. She did, however, say she was not "meshing" with Mayor Quan, reported Gawker.

The latest two resignations follow those of the troubled city's crisis communications manager, city attorney, and police chief.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Occupy Oakland was costing taxpayers upwards of $2.4 million.

According to East Bay Express, between 600 and 1,000 protesters returned to the former encampment on Monday night to plan their next moves. On Tuesday, Occupy Oakland took to the streets, marching from Oakland to UC Berkeley in support of the university's general strike, march and rally against police brutality, reported the Daily Californian, Cal's student-run newspaper.

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Teach-Ins were underway Tuesday morning in historic Sproul Plaza, where many say the free speech movement began. The general strike was in response to budget cuts to California's higher education system as well as law enforcement's attempt to squash the Occupy Cal movement last week, according to the Huffington Post

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