Perils Of Posing With Disgraced Politicians; Differing Views On Kaplan-De La Fuente

Noel Gallo, Meg Whitman in 2010.

ELECTION ’12//OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL NOTES | Many in the East Bay now realize their local leaders have no compunction against posing for photographs with some of the area’s most infamous characters. Democrats, even those running for office this November, apparently have few impulses against standing before a camera with convicted shoplifter Mary Hayashi. (Conversely, Hayashi had no problem posing with this local assembly candidate who wore yellow trousers. Scroll down at your own risk.)

There are many good reasons for politicians to cater to Hayashi even with her considerable baggage. However, while the local political infrastructure in the East Bay–almost entirely blue-will support a Democrat canoodling with another soiled Democrat, it will not look kindly at the slightest embrace of even the most saintly Republican.

In Oakland’s overwhelmingly Latino District 5 the existence of a photo featuring Oakland school board member Noel Gallo–a candidate for the district’s city council seat in Oakland–appearing with defeated California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is getting renewed attention.

Mary Hayashi and 20th Assembly candidate
Bill Quirk at his retirement party this July.

A supporter of Mario Juarez, another likely candidate for Fruitvale’s District 5, said last week, “Just Google Noel Gallo and Meg Whitman” and coolly nodded with a mischievous smirk. Whitman, who was defeated by Jerry Brown in 2010, made a surprise appearance at Oakland’s Jefferson Elementary School in October of that year with Gallo in tow. Whitman used the appearance to take digs at Brown’s role in the city’s downtrodden school system. Although, Gallo stood up for the school district’s gain over the past few years, he often looked chummy with Whitman. In one video, Gallo joked with school children that Whitman might one day be president.

The problem for Gallo’s appearance with Whitman, though, is much more problematic than hobnobbing with just any conservative, but with a Republican who was openly hostile to his sizable Latino constituency. Even during her visit in 2010 with Gallo, Whitman spoke of limiting college admission against undocumented students. “I think it’s only fair that people who have played by the rules, they get first chance here, and I think it’s very very important,” Whitman said. That sort of talk definitely does not play well in District 5 or any part of the East Bay for that matter.


QUEEN OF RANKED CHOICE Oakland Mayor Jean Quan attended last week’s District 3 candidates forum in West Oakland and had some words of advice for candidate Alex Miller-Cole. Quan, apparently liked what she heard from Miller-Cole, who incidentally, was one of the few candidates who spoke kind words for the mayor’s “100 block” plan. Ever conscious of the election gimmickry of ranked choice voting that gave her the surprise victory two years ago, Quan told Miller-Cole she believed the room of voters packed into Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church were split over his stances and that of an unnamed candidate. “Remember, you need to build a coalition,” Quan, sounding like the sage of ranked choice voting, told him. Hopefully, the competing candidate Quan was referring to is not Sean Sullivan. Because minutes after Quan left, Miller-Cole called Sullivan an “asshole.”


KAPLAN-DE LA FUENTE BLOCKBUSTER District 5 Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente’s decision to bid for Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan’s at-large seat is making waves and should prove to be a blockbuster campaign. Observers from different spectrums of Oakland, though, report differing opinions over De La Fuente’s decision to forgo re-election for his current seat to run against Kaplan, most likely Oakland’s most popular politician. “It’s a suicide mission,” a candidate for another Oakland race said regarding De La Fuente’s chances. Conversely, another described Kaplan’s tangible support is actually more tepid than people realize. “It’s a mile wide and an inch deep,” they said.

Categories: Bill Quirk, Democrats, Jean Quan, Mario Juarez, Mary Hayashi, Meg Whitman, Noel Gallo, Oakland Dist 3, Oakland Dist 5, Republicans

16 replies

  1. That Hayashi picture and Quirk reminds me that Maribele Heredia works for Bill Quirk.
    So now that's how it is.
    Bill Quirk, Mary Hayashi, Jesus Armas, Maribel Heredia are one big happy sleazy family.

    Corruption has no bounds


  2. Watch out for Mary, she must bring her own photographer in tow to every event.

    How about this one — post conviction — March 15th

    Or Pete's chance. At least he kept Corbett between him and Mary

    March 16th, one day later with Rep. Mike Honda, singing up a storm.

    Not sure what the song was…

    Let’s go down to the mall
    We’re shoplifting and we’re having a ball

    Or the Hayward Police Chief on March 23rd

    In fairness to all of them, in the spirit of the event that day, I guess its awkward for them to outright decline when she asks and her photographer is right there, ready to shoot. But you don't have to sing with her.


  3. Important to know that Hayashi crashed Bill's B-Day Party. She was most definitely NOT on the invite list. She came to spy for her BFF Jennifer Ong. Then at some point, unwitting photographer shoots everyone who comes within two inches of his host. That's what happened.


  4. I bet if you check some of your own archives Tavares, or those of local politicos you will find Hayashi with Jesus Armas…maybe Bill Quirk with Armas. Those who lie down with dogs get the fleas.


  5. Jennifer Ong is with Mary Hayashi


  6. Looks like comments are getting cut off on the right side.


  7. Mary Duh Hayward Ho HO-yashi was here!

    Latest update: continues to be in bed with…LABOR WHORES!


  8. So DeLaFuente is running for an at-large district seat so he doesn't have to run in his own Fruitvale district that Noel's running in. Sounds like an alliance to me. How close are these two in their political views?


  9. All east bay politics is labor horing.


  10. Google domestic violence and Mario juarez and see what comes up! Or predatory real estate and juarez


  11. Better yet check Mario Juarez name in court filings.


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