“This is a Family That Has a Long History of Progressive Views”

Posted by on Nov 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Wonder why Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was so slow to shut down the “Occupy” movement in her town?

Wonder no more.

As Oakland Mayor Jean Quan struggled recently with how to handle the Occupy Oakland encampment, her husband and daughter became increasingly involved with the movement.

A group led by Quan’s husband, Floyd Huen, worked closely with Occupy campers, and those efforts were stepped up after the first police raid of the encampment outside City Hall on Oct. 25. Huen’s group was trying to persuade the campers to tone down the movement’s more unruly elements.

But after an Occupy camper was slain near the camp on Nov. 10, Huen, 64, and daughter Lailan Huen, 29, began actively encouraging campers and leaders at the encampment to leave, even suggesting in e-mails that they could move to Snow Park where they could camp without city interference.

Even as Quan reassured businesses that she would protect them during a Nov. 2 general strike, her husband and daughter participated in a march that eventually shut down the Port of Oakland.

Quan publicly stated during the Occupy crisis that some of her decisions were based on talks with her children.

After that raid, Quan, a longtime social activist, issued an apology to anyone “hurt” by the day’s events. Quan invoked her daughter to explain why she issued the apology.

“My daughter and I have a lot of discussions,” she said, explaining that Lailan Huen told her, “People are hurt mom. You need to apologize.”

Both Floyd and Lailan Huen declined to comment for this story. Quan spokeswoman Sue Piper insisted that both acted entirely independently of the mayor.

“This is a family that has a long history of progressive views,” Piper said. “And they get together regularly, so obviously, they’re going to have a lot in common. But they don’t represent Jean Quan as mayor.”

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