Dec. 30, 2011 | The quote of the year, most of all, must be poignant. Short and sweet is good, too. In the case of 2011, the juiciest sound bite of the year is more like the first shot from Fort Sumter, starting the Civil War. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, in the first nine months in office, was wobbly, but you could just chalk that up to settling in. That changed when a well-known Oakland firebrand came loaded with incriminating photos of her messy front yard and a quote too perfect to ever ignore--boom--Jean Quan and Oakland, we would later see, would never be the same. The quote of the year:
“I nominate her the queen of residential blight.”
–Oakland resident Ken Pratt wows the audience at a September council meeting in Oakland when he forcefully protests the city’s allegedly fining of residents for blighted homes on an indiscriminate basis. Pratt shows photos of another such home not fined by the city and then dramatically reveals...dum dum da dum... it is the home of Mayor Jean Quan.
2010 - Bill Lockyer. "I'm just a volunteer."
2009 - Pete Stark. "Well, I wouldn't dignify you by peeing on your leg. It wouldn't be worth wasting the urine."