Newz Foto: Mayor Jean Quan Laments Occupy Movement’s Attack on Oakland City Hall and Lenin’s Traveling Tomb

Here’s a scene from Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s recent heavily-staged photo-op at City Hall.

“Oh Volodya! What have those Occupiers done to you? Of course as a white male hetero, you were probably totally misogynistic and racist ‘n stuff, but still, damaging your refrigerated traveling case, well, that wasn’t called for. No matter, we’ll get your legs straightened out and we’ll replace the Freon in your tomb pronto.”

As seen yesterday.“OK Madam Mayor, try to look super sad as I handhold this Canon 580EX II/ off-shoe camera cord combo and rack out my 16-35mm lens on this Canon 1D Mark III. No, sadder, you need to look sadder. Your people, or I should say the people who work for you and haven’t quit or gotten fired by you yet, they told me exactly how to pose you for this staged photo-op. You’re giving me a 3, how about an 8? That’s it! Sadder, sadder, strike a pose, remember, you’re the victim here, hold it, hold it!” Click. 

More seriously, what happened to all of Mayor Quan’s quotes from KCBS in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle? I can’t figure it out, but, anyway, and for the record, from the (sometimes) Paper of Record, here’s what’s been saved from the Memory Hole:

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said today that she is going to call national leaders of the Occupy Wall Street movement and implore them to disown Oakland’s protest movement.

“I plan to call some of the national leadership of Occupy this week to say that the Oakland group is not nonviolent and has not agreed to be nonviolent,” Quan said in an interview on KCBS. “The national Occupy movement has said they are nonviolent.” 
… 
Rachel Lederman, a civil rights lawyer based in San Francisco who is working with the Occupy movement, said police have overreacted and have used excessive force, creating “an increasing level of confrontation with Occupy Oakland over the past several months” and that officers on Saturday had boxed in peaceful protesters.

She said some protesters had carried shields with them because “these young people have felt the need to protect themselves when they’re likely to be shot with so-called less-than-lethal projectiles.” 
… 
“What they are doing against the city economically is not nonviolent either,” she (Quan) continued on KCBS. “Every Saturday they are doing demonstrations and in my city that is my night of highest police need. They are taking away resources from my city and creating a situation that is making it more difficult for me to keep the city safer.” 
… 
“Well you guys used tear gas and batons too,” Quan said, referring to San Francisco. “I think it is a different time, I think it is how the media plays it. There is also probably a little misogyny and a little racism, when I looked at what happened in terms of how the national media portrayed it, and how Occupy’s internal media portrayed it.”

And there’s this too:

  1. They have their version of what happened. It is not a true version.
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  2. I’m pretty disturbed that I had to stop my Facebook for a while and spend a lot of time putting in new filters and cleaning it up and that Occupy doesn’t listen to anybody but its own media
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  3. I think it is a different time, I think it is how the media plays it. There is also probably a little misogyny and a little racism, when I looked at what happened in terms of how the national media portrayed it, and how Occupy’s internal media portrayed it.
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  4. Well you guys used tear gas and batons too
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  5. You don’t see that kind of anger in San Francisco, where Mayor (Ed) Lee handled it in a different way
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  6. It is because of their tactics that this group is getting smaller and smaller, they are trying to get national publicity on this.
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  7. One of the problems is that the Occupy demonstrators have decided that Oakland is their one and only playground and target
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  8. Every Saturday they are doing demonstrations and in my city that is my night of highest police need. They are taking away resources from my city and creating a situation that is making it more difficult for me to keep the city safer.
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO
  9. What they are doing against the city economically is not nonviolent either
    SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE17 HOURS AGO

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10 Responses to “Newz Foto: Mayor Jean Quan Laments Occupy Movement’s Attack on Oakland City Hall and Lenin’s Traveling Tomb”

  1. pchazzz says:

    Sorry sfcitizen, your labored efforts to sound ironic, witty and coolfall flatter than Kansas. What happened in the Oakland City Hall was bad. Say what you will about the evils of capitalism, there was no call to destroy a children’s art exhibit, an historic architect’s model of City Hall and even a snack dispensing machine that the City of Oakland probably leased from a small business that will need to get it replaced.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Labored?

    Sound?

    I’m not talking about capitalism, I’m talking about the absurd actions of your mom and aunt or whichever relation you are to her

  3. pchas says:

    No jist someone who grew up in Oakland who doesn’t like seeing his city trashed by rich white privileged kids from the suburbs playing at being anarchists, or to read about the misdeeds of said wannabees talked up be some blogger who imagines they (and by extension he or she) are cool. That’s all.

  4. sfcitizen says:

    Wasn’t really talking about them, I was talking about your absurd mayor…

  5. pchazzz says:

    I grew up in Oakland, but live in SF so thankfully Jean Quan is not my mayor. I agree with you that she is absurd. But to use Occupy Oakland’s destruction at City Hall to make a cheap shot at Jean Quan was both inappropriate and tasteless.

  6. sfcitizen says:

    Wasn’t really talking about them, I was talking about your absurd mayor.

    I think it appropriate and tasteful and unlabored.

    Who told her to pose next to a vending machine?

  7. pchas says:

    You may have intended to talk about Jean Quan, but by including.the wrecked vending machine in the frame, you referenced Occupy Oakland, whether you meant to or not.

    As for whether your post was appropriate, tasteful or unlabored, you would think that now, wouldn’t you? Well there is no accounting for taste is there? So go ahead. Be my guest. Laugh at your own jokes. Because you are the only one who is, I assure you.

  8. sfcitizen says:

    How do you know the post was labored? It took me less time than the average post. You could say it was slap-dash, if you wanted.

    Lot’s of people are laughing:

    http://sfist.com/2012/01/30/photos_mayor_jean_quan_surveys_the.php#photo-1

    https://twitter.com/#!/gerryshih/status/164058360684089344

    http://dolfapedia.org/post/16840225383/ladymisskate-mayor-jean-quan-surveying

    I could continue…

  9. pchas says:

    The laughter of jackals…

  10. sfcitizen says:

    It’d be sweet being a jackal, having slim hips a crew to hang out with and laugh about stuff with…