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OAKLAND — An investigation has been opened after vandals targeted the home of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, police said Tuesday.
Police did not immediately say how the home was vandalized, but Schaaf’s spokesman Justin Berton confirmed in a statement that vandals shot projectiles at the home, lit fireworks and painted graffiti on her property.
Bay Area News Group media partner ABC7News reported that “Defund OPD” and “Cancel Rent” were among messages painted on the mayor’s property.
“An attack at the home of a publicly elected official does not advance democracy,” Berton said in the statement. “This attack, designed to intimidate the mayor and strike fear into her family, will not stop her from advocating for the policies she believes are in the best long-term interests of her beloved hometown.
“Like all Oaklanders, she supports passionate protest but does not support tactics meant to harm and terrorize others.”
Early Tuesday afternoon, an item posted on the San Francisco Independent Media Center’s website, indybay.org, carried the headline, “Wake up Libby” and claimed responsibility for the vandalism. The writer of the post took the name “some yay area comrades.”
“Last night we sent a call to Libby and a call for action to the whole Bay Area,” the post stated, showing a picture of paint on a garage door, and a painted message on a walkway that says, “Take…