For the second time in one day, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan lost a staff member. Deputy Mayor Sharon Cornu resigned from Quan’s team.
The news came just a few hours after Quan’s legal adviser, Dan Siegel announced on Twitter he had resigned as well.
“Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators,” Siegel wrote.
It is unclear if Cornu resigned in protest to Quan’s handling of the Occupy Oakland situation. On Monday, police cleared the Occupy Oakland encampment. Unlike a previous attempt to disperse the protests, this eviction was peaceful.
In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Cornu said Quan’s handling of the situation “was the right way forward” and that she was a strong supporter of the mayor.
The Occupy Oakland protests have been a challenge for the mayor, with critics complaining of the Oct. 25 raid that led to violent clashes in the street and one Iraq war veteran in the hospital.