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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Jean Quan
Nearly four dozen new police officers will soon start walking their beats on the Oakland streets, as the California city's embattled department welcomes its largest-ever class of recruits to graduate from its police academy.
Oakland's top non-elected city official has resigned to take a high-profile philanthropic position in San Francisco, becoming the second person to announce they are leaving the city post in as many months.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is promising safer streets and more affordable housing in a city she describes as "booming."
Oakland's top non-elected city official said she is resigning from her position.
For weeks, the protests had waned, with only a smattering of people taking to Oakland's streets for occasional weekend marches that bore little resemblance to the headline-grabbing Occupy demonstrations of last fall.
Oakland officials assessed damage to City Hall caused by Occupy protesters while leaders of the movement claimed Sunday that police acted illegally in arresting hundreds of demonstrators and could face a lawsuit.
Oakland police handed out eviction notices at an anti-Wall Street encampment and officials elsewhere urged an end to similar gatherings as pressures against Occupy protest sites mounted in the wake of three deaths in different cities, including two by gunfire.
Protesters are carrying out a series of marches across Oakland on Wednesday to make a statement about the power and unity of the anti-Wall Street movement as they team up with labor unions to picket banks, take over foreclosed homes and vacant buildings and disrupt operations at the nation's fifth-busiest port.
New York Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo says he's against trying the professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in his state.
Quan said she hopes to bring the department's staffing to 707 officers later this year.