This is posted here until we get JeanQuanSucks.com setup! She’s not even sworn in, and yet, she is already embarassing herself and the city of Oakland! To bad you lost out on that coin toss Jean!
Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
Oakland Mayor-elect Jean Quan got her car booted outside City Hall on Tuesday for failing to pay more than $1,000 in parking tickets.
Quan, who remains the District Four councilwoman until her January swearing-in ceremony, had parked the 2009 Toyota Prius in her official City Hall spot. Around 9:30 a.m., a police technician ran a check on the car and discovered it had more than 10 outstanding tickets, according to police. The tech ordered the car, which is registered to Quan’s husband, Floyd Huen, immobilized with the boot.
We visited Quan’s office to ask about the situation. Her assistant, Maisha Everhart, took the message to the councilwoman, who was sequestered in her office. The staffer returned and said the mayor-elect would be tied up in meetings all afternoon and was unavailable for comment.
But Quan must have taken care of the outstanding tickets, because within hours the boot had been removed.
Quan and fellow council members set off a firestorm in the summer of 2009 when they increased metered parking rates in the downtown area to $2 an hour and extended meter enforcement until 8 p.m.
And Quan made parking news herself earlier that year when she got into a tug of war with fellow Councilwoman Desley Brooks over who should get the City Hall space they both wanted.
The battle became the subject of a five-page legal opinion from the city attorney.
Quan eventually lost the spot to Brooks in a coin toss.