Oakland City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Jean Quan today thanked those who have expressed concern after her purse was snatched in the parking lot of her neighborhood Safeway store Saturday night.”I want to assure you that I am not hurt,” Quan said in a statement issued by her office, which said it has been inundated with calls from reporters and the public.Officers responded to the robbery at the Safeway store at 3440 Fruitvale Ave. at about 9:35 p.m. Saturday, Oakland police said. Quan was walking into the supermarket when her purse was reportedly taken.Oakland police spokeswoman Holly Joshi said no one has been arrested in connection with the incident, and she doesn’t have any new details about the crime.The purse appears to have been recovered, though.”Early the next morning, a very kind citizen called to tell me he had found the purse,” Quan said. The veteran council member, who is one of 10 people running for Oakland mayor in the Nov. 2 election, said the incident wouldn’t disrupt her routine.”I am someone who goes everywhere in Oakland, any time and any place,” Quan said. “I’ve lived here for 30 years, and this is the first time anything like this has happened to me. This event won’t stop me from shopping in Oakland neighborhoods and enjoying our growing nightlife.” Quan said that although violent crime in the city has gone down by 40 percent over the past three years, including by 16 percent so far this year, burglaries and other property crimes are increasing. She said the person who stole her purse was a young man and was most likely among the 25 percent of the city’s youth who are unemployed.”I am not making excuses for what he did, but I know we won’t reduce crime until we can improve community policing,our schools, and increase jobs in the city,” Quan said.
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