Mayor Jean Quan and City Administrator Fred Blackwell Discuss Oakland's Changes and Challenges

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The city of Oakland has been experiencing a major boom. The city is attracting more high-tech businesses, a growing number of restaurants and bars are fueling a vibrant nightlife and housing prices are soaring. But Oakland continues to struggle with a high crime rate, underfunded schools and a wide gulf between the rich and the poor. We talk with Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland's new city administrator, Fred Blackwell, about the changes and challenges facing Oakland.


Jean Quan, mayor of the city of Oakland

Fred Blackwell, administrator for the city of Oakland