That's Jean "Nightstick Nellie" Quan, Mayor of Oakland, above. I dunno what's with the hat, but hey, it's California.
I know very little about this person, but a correspondent on one of my mailing lists sent along the following:
She was elected by ranked choice voting. Long time Alameda pol Don Perata (a former majority leader in the State Senate) beat her with first choice votes but she prevailed when the second and third choice votes were tallied. (She was the second and third choice of the majority.) Quan is to the left of Perata and is generally classifiable by the label "progressive," as are nearly all Oakland city pols. She had a long history on the Oakland City School Board.As we used to say back in the 60s, scratch a liberal and find a Fascist. The school board background is really perfect, isn't it? (That's where some of the biggest monsters in NYC politics got their start.) Clearly the idea of teaching a lesson has taken firm root in Tiger-Mom Quan's mind.
As it happens, however, she is the one who has been taught a lesson. She's had to back down in a very big way:
Occupy Oakland: Mayor Quan Issues Contrite Statement after Police CrackdownGotta love the phrase 'at least for now,' don't you? Mommie Dearest has been brushed back once; but wire hangers are still an abomination, and if Quan has her way, a day of reckoning will someday come.
Late last night, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan issued a statement about the police crackdown against Occupied Oakland protesters. In it, she expressed concern for those injured and a commitment to minimize police presence in Frank Ogawa plaza, at least for now.