OAKLAND -- When she walks from Chinatown to the Fox Theater to be sworn in as mayor on Monday morning, Jean Quan will be tracing not just a history of Oakland but a personal journey that she says began a century ago.
Among Quan's favorite stories to tell during her campaign was that of her great-grandfather fleeing San Francisco's Chinatown as it burned down in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake. He rode the ferry across the Bay with three sons in tow, she said, finding emergency shelter with a family association in Oakland's Chinatown.
Quan and a close circle of family members and supporters will hold a traditional Confucian lighting of incense, she said, honoring the sacrifices of her ancestors before joining the public at Pacific Renaissance Plaza for the beginning of a two-hour walk through many of what Quan sees as the most significant landmarks in Chinatown and downtown Oakland, including Lincoln Elementary School -- known generations ago as the segregated school where Asian-American children could go, she said -- and the site of StopWaste.org, which Quan served as chairwoman and which she proudly calls "the most progressive waste management in the country."
The sites are all part of a walking tour that is one of several such free services the city offers, Quan said. The tours highlight the culture, art, history, politics, struggles, triumphs, nature and architecture of her proud hometown.
"We're mapping it all out as a brochure to hand out, as souvenirs for people who come," Quan said.
The walk starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Pacific Renaissance Plaza and is packed with six stops before the 11 a.m. inauguration at the Fox Theater, but Quan said she is happy to take some time to take the literal, physical steps.
"It's taken my family 104 years to get the eight blocks from Chinatown to City Hall," she said. "Two-and-a-half more hours is OK."
Libby Schaaf was elected to fill the council seat Quan is vacating, and as the council's voice from District 4 will be responsible for the Dimond, Montclair, Melrose and Maxwell Park districts, among several others. Though Schaaf is a familiar face in Oakland politics -- she worked for former Mayor Jerry Brown and was then-Council President Ignacio De La Fuente's chief of staff -- this will be her first time in a council seat. She said she plans to spend most of Monday moving into her new office.
First, though, she will be celebrating at the Laurel district's Trattoria Laurellinos with friends and supporters. The Italian restaurant is closed to the public Mondays, but it will open its doors at 1 p.m., for a $20 entry fee, to those who RSVP by e-mailing email@example.com.
Contact Sean Maher at 510-208-6430.
WHO: Mayor Jean Quan; Councilmembers Patricia Kernighan (District 2, Grand Lake-Chinatown), Libby Schaaf (District 4, Montclair-Laurel) and Desley Brooks (District 6, Eastmont-Seminary); City Auditor Courtney Ruby; Oakland Unified School District board members David Kakishia (District 2), Gary Yee (District 4) and Christopher Dobbins (District 6).
WHEN: Monday, 11 a.m. inauguration at Fox Theater, 5-9 p.m. open house at City Hall
WHERE: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
TICKETS: Doors open at 10 a.m.; tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.