On Monday, Jean Quan will be sworn in as Oakland's first woman and first Asian-American mayor. Inauguration Day will begin with a "Remembering & Making History Walk," where Quan will be joined by family and friends along the route as she retraces her own and Oakland's history from Chinatown to the Fox Theater, where the official ceremony will take place at 11 a.m.
From 6 to 9 p.m., she will host an open house at City Hall featuring tours of the mayor's office, information on services offered by city departments and opportunities to sign up to volunteer in Oakland's schools, parks and libraries.
The official inauguration will include the swearing-in of Quan, City Councilmembers Patricia Kernighan (District 2), Libby Schaaf (District 4), and Desley Brooks (District 6), City Auditor Courtney Ruby and Oakland Unified school board members David Kakishia (District 2), Gary Yee (District 4) and Christopher Dobbins (District 6).
Doors to the Fox open at 10 a.m. and tickets are available on a first-come basis; seating is limited, so plan to arrive promptly, event organizers say. For those wanting to walk with Quan, meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Pacific Renaissance Plaza -- Ninth Street between Franklin and Webster streets -- where things kick off with leaders from Oakland's Asian-American community joining the mayor-elect and Lion Dancers from the Lincoln Square Recreation Center's Cultural Arts Program. Open since 1993, the plaza complex is home to the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the Asian Branch Library, as well as apartments, banks, shops and restaurants. The plaza fountain courtyard hosts many public events throughout the year, and is the starting place for the Oakland Tours Program's free Chinatown walks.
Monday's marchers will proceed to the landmark Asian Resource Center Building, 310 Eighth St., between Webster and Harrison. A gallery on the ground level exhibits Asian-American art and cultural items. On exhibit now are posters from the 1960s civil rights movement, including several posters created by Quan when she was a UC Berkeley student.
About 9:20 a.m., walkers will reach Lincoln Elementary School, 225 11th St., where a children's chorus will greet the parade. Lincoln School has been home to new immigrants in Oakland for more than 100 years. This year it earned the coveted national Blue Ribbon Award -- one of only 304 outstanding schools across the country -- in recognition of high academic achievement.
The beautifully restored Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., is the next stop on the route. Formerly known as the Alice Arts Center, currently it is home to a variety of performing arts groups. In the 1930s, the building was used as a meeting place by women's civic groups.
Proceeding past the historic Hotel Oakland, now used as affordable housing for seniors, marchers will head up Webster Street, stopping at the headquarters for the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, 1537 Webster St., where leaders from Oakland's environmental, green jobs and bicycling community will join the walk. At The Leamington, 1814 Franklin St., the mayor-elect will stop and pay tribute to her father, who was a union cook at what was formerly a luxury art deco-style hotel built in the 1920s. A contingent of labor leaders are expected to join the growing throng at this point, event organizers say.
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., where the march will end about 10:45 a.m., opened its doors in 1928, and was considered one of the most modern and beautiful of movie theaters of its day. One of the theater's biggest draws was the opulent facade with its exotic mix of terra cotta tiles, dizzyingly detailed paintings and golden deities, reminiscent of a Brahmin temple. Landmark files say that its Hindu-deco eclectic style was intended to celebrate Oakland as the "Gateway to the Orient." Today, it is the cornerstone to the city's emerging Uptown Arts and Entertainment District, as well as the home to Oakland School for the Arts, a public charter high school.
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