Some encouraging news out of Oakland today: First, Scott Olsen's condition has been upgraded to "fair":
An Iraq War veteran that was severely injured Tuesday in Oakland, California amid a clash between anti-Wall Street demonstrators and officers, was upgraded this morning to fair condition, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Scott Olsen, 24, a Marine veteran, had been in critical condition Wednesday.
Additionally, Mayor Jean Quan has issued a statement promising to reduce police presence at the protests:
We support the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement: we have high levels of unemployment and we have high levels of foreclosure that makes Oakland part of the 99% too. We are a progressive city and tolerant of many opinions. We may not always agree, but we all have a right to be heard.
I want to thank everyone for the peaceful demonstration at Frank Ogawa Park tonight, and thank the city employees who worked hard to clean up the plaza so that all activities can continue including Occupy Wall Street. We have decided to have a minimal police presence at the plaza for the short term and build a community effort to improve communications and dialogue with the demonstrators.
This statement from Quan does not appear to be just bluster. Oakland North reports that the police presence at the protests last night was much smaller than at other recent protests in Oakland.