“You just wait until my campaign is over. I’m going to find you and beat your (expletive) (expletive), you (expletive).”
Joel Young, former 18th Assembly candidate, to an aide for Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan at the Make Westing bar in Oakland, according to a police report.

“There were a number of personal factors that led to the situation where I made this absent-minded error. My medical condition may have complicated the situation, however, I want to be clear that I take full personal responsibility for my actions.”
Mary Hayashi, Jan. 9, following her attorney’s statement implying an undisclosed benign brain tumor made her shoplift from Neiman Marcus in 2011.

“We have a lot of unhappy people. They want to throw the bums out. We’ll see.”
Pete Stark prophetically tells a room full of constituents, Jan. 21, at a town hall meeting in San Lorenzo about Congress’s historically low approval ratings.

“With the strong encouragement and support of the people in my life who love me, including my husband, my family, and my friends, I decided to get help and treatment so that I may fully heal and recover.”
Nadia Lockyer, Feb. 14, announces she is entering rehab.

“There’s a way bigger story than sex tapes,”
Steve Chikhani, Nadia Lockyer’s ex-boyfriend, tantalizes a reporter and the entire Bay Area, Feb. 28, at a San Jose courthouse.

“Mike lied to us. He sat here and lied to us.” 
–Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Mar. 13, in an uncommonly blunt and public assessment of former St. Rose Hospital CEO Michael Mahoney during a Board of Supervisors meeting.

“He’s not exactly David Letterman, is he? He’s not Mr. Charisma. He’s not the type you have a drink with. I mean, you’re not going to go on a fishing trip with Bill Quirk. There’s no excitement there.”
Mark Green, April 27, describing the personality of his Assembly opponent, Bill Quirk, following a forum at Cal State East Bay.

“You’re a fucking crook.”
Pete Stark is overheard, April 10, telling Eric Swalwell following the infamous “bribery” forum in Hayward.

“There were two hold ups in that area. Apparently the city thinks that’s better than a Walmart.”
Daniel Temkin, a Hayward business owner, April 4, during a planning commission hearing that disallows his application for a Walmart grocery store at his empty Whipple Road and Industrial Parkway property.

“I may be done, but I did the right thing.”
Olden Henson, a Hayward councilman, May 28, following his tie-breaking vote that halts Walmart’s expansion in the city. However, the vote will cost him re-election a month later and ending 18 years on the council.

“If someone wants to say I was responsible for ACAP, I stand accused.”
-Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, May 2, at a forum in Castro Valley in response to an opponent criticizing his handling of the dissolved county anti-poverty agency.

“Sutter [Health] as a corporation is unfair, unjust and indecent.”
Jeanette Dong, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan’s chief of staff, May 3, at a discussion of Sutter’s potential plans to shutdown San Leandro Hospital as a general acute care hospital.

“So, what did u buy?”
Jesus Armas, Hayward’s school district president, texted on June 16, 5:56 p.m., to fellow school board member Maribel Heredia.

“Crotchless panties”
Maribel Heredia replies four minutes later.

“There are a couple of people in the audience inviting me to resign. Thank you for the invitation, but I will decline that invitation because I see no reason to take that course of action.”
Jesus Armas, Aug. 22, in response to residents calling for his resignation. He ultimately does not seek re-election in November.

“Bi doesn’t define who I am. Two spirits defines who I am at the core.”
Abel Guillen, a candidate for the 18th Assembly District, ambiguously reveals his bisexuality to the Bay Area Reporter.

PHOTO/Matt Santos
“The philosophy at Tri CED is: you can’t take a life unless you can replace it. You don’t have the right to take a life unless you can replace it. So, no matter what it is, an ant, a snail, a bug, you don’t take its life because it is connected to the universe and we are all part of the universe and there is a real connection between all of humanity and all of them.”
– Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, Sept. 21, waxing philosophical about his Buddhist faith and his recycling company’s ethos in a repsonse to a young girl’s question about faith.

“I’m Tea Partyer. I’m voting for you.”
-Unidentified Pleasanton resident in The New York Times, Sept. 25, who registers support for Eric Swalwell, a Democrat.

“She is going to play dirty because that’s what she does, but when she attacks, we are going to wait and see the white of her eyes and then we are going to come hard”
Richard Valle, Oct. 1, after taking a beating from Mary Hayashi at a forum in Hayward, he finally lashes out against his rival for supervisor.

“Check your facts, sister.”
Ursula Reed, a San Leandro councilwoman, Sept. 25, after her opponent accuses her of receiving a city-owned iPad. The allegation is found to be false the next day.

Categories: Abel Guillen, Bill Quirk, Joel Young, Keith Carson, Maribel Heredia, Mark Green, Mary Hayashi, Nadia Lockyer, Nate Miley, Olden Henson, Pete Stark, quotes, Richard Valle, Ursula Reed

2 replies

  1. By MW:

    let's take the various items in this column one at a time. The first item is in regard to Joel Young and that he allegedly threatened to physically assault someone.

    Well after reading this column, I then immediately, and in fact less than five minutes ago, checked Joel Young's profile on the California State Bar's website (and which is “calsb.org”), and although it listed an address for him it did not list a phone number for him. And whenever I see signs that an attorney has perhaps become half invisible and/or very hard to contact (and such as with no phone number), I immediately start to wonder whether he is drying out from an extremely long alcoholism binge and/or is at the time involved in drug rehab, and therefore in even far less condition to practice law than the typical Bay area lawyer normally is.

    (NOTE: Lawyers have far and away the highest rates of alcoholism and drug abuse – and also of suicide, divorce, domestic violence, and mental disorders – of any major profession.)

    However the totally corrupt CSB, and including with its private reprovals and secret system of two sets of books, covers up and keeps secret from the general public a lot of incidents of attorney misconduct and also a lot of the situations in which an attorney has a serious problem with drug addiction.

    While the CSB does pretend that its two primary purposes for being are to: one, enforce standards for lawyers; and two, protect the general public from crooked lawyers – however actually the primary purpose of the totally corrupt CSB is to protect lawyers, and including crooked lawyers.

    NOTE: A lot of lawyers who have serious problems with drug addiction continue to stay active and continue to practice law while they, and with the CSB's knowledge, are still drug addicts, and while the CSB is supposedly monitoring their progress in their supposed attempts to become drug free.

    However occasionally a lawyer is so extremely deep into drug addiction, and as a result of it has become such a totally out of control ranting raving maniac, that therefore even the CSB, and which has as its real primary purpose covering up and keeping secret embarrassing and criminal activities committed by lawyers, decides it has no choice but to see that said attorney takes a break for awhile from the practice of law.


  2. I liked all these quotes except the one about being two spirit and not bisexual. It is a real identity and to go on and still call them bi is actually bad reporting on your part because it is false.


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