Mayor: Oakland port shutdowns hard to prevent

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Posted: Dec 22, 2011 9:46 AM
Mayor: Oakland port shutdowns hard to prevent

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says the city would try to prevent future shutdowns at the port if port officials picked up the $1.5 million tab for the hundreds of police officers that would be needed.

Quan made the comments to editors with the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/s4ez8r) on Wednesday. They came hours after a measure that called on city leaders to use more aggressive policing to prevent port disruptions failed to garner enough votes to be heard by the City Council.

Quan also told the Chronicle that the city would probably not be able to prevent port closures anyway since a handful of protesters could sneak around police lines.

Anti-Wall Street protesters blocked longshoremen from reporting to work for nearly 24 hours on Dec 12, shutting down much of the port.

Police mostly stood back during the demonstration.