Update, 4:55 p.m.: It's official. Gov. Jerry Brown has endorsed City Councilmember Libby Schaaf for mayor.
The governor, a resident of Oakland as well as a former two-term mayor of the city, appeared at a press conference at Schaaf's campaign headquarters in the Grand Lake neighborhood to announce the endorsement.
"I’ve lived in different places," Brown said. "I’ve lived in downtown, I lived in Jack London, I’ve lived up in the hills, and it’s all different, it’s all diverse, and it’s all good. And to keep it going and to make it even better, I know that Libby Schaaf will be a great mayor."
In recent polls, Schaaf has been running behind Rebecca Kaplan, a fellow councilmember, and incumbent Mayor Jean Quan. The Oakland Tribune said both of them declined comment on Brown's endorsement.
Schaaf has focused on public safety, the quality of leadership in the city and her lifelong ties to Oakland. Brown said he's confident she's well-positioned to overtake her opponents.