“I’ll say it again, President Trump is unhinged.”
-Rep. Barbara Lee, Jan. 3, criticizing Trump’s handling of North Korea.

“In the area we come from, guns are for killing people.”
-Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Jan. 10, helping to squelch a concealed carry weapons bill in committee.

“Here’s my message to Mayor Schaaf: How dare you.”
-Then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reprimanding Schaaf for alerting the public of a pending ICE raid in Northern California.

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Pamela Price and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley at a forum in Oakland. O’Malley would go on to win the highly contentious June election by 20 points.

“I will say to you when we have a district attorney that accepts $10,000 from the Fremont Police Officers Association and then clears the Fremont police officers of killing an unarmed 16-year-old child in a car, that’s the appearance of impropriety.”
-Alameda County District Attorney candidate Pamela Price calling out DA Nancy O’Malley during a March forum in Alameda.

“Urban Shield ends at the conclusion of today’s vote,”
-Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson on Mar. 28. County funding for the police event is set to end next year.

“This is an insane idea. All any of us have to do is Google ‘Alameda County Sheriff’ and you’re going to see headlines of abuse.”
–George Galvis, executive director for the Oakland-based Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, in response to a county proposal to allow ALCO sheriffs to operate the Ashland Youth Center.

“The Donald Trump of Oakland.”
-Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s new moniker for City Council rival Desley Brooks.

“I mean, you talk about obstruction of justice, I would recommend that you look into obstruction of justice for the mayor of Oakland, California, Jeff.”
-President Donald Trump suggesting in May that the feds go after Mayor Schaaf for her role in announcing an impending ICE raid in February.

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Controversy snarled San Leandro City Hall during the first half of 2018 following allegations by Davis Street Family Resource Center CEO Rose Padilla Johnson against San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata. In the end, Zapata took a lucrative position as Anaheim city manager.

“Ms. Padilla Johnson made many inaccurate statements during her interviews as part of this investigation.”
-The essential conclusion by an independent investigation into sexual misconduct allegations by local non-profit CEO Rose Padilla Johnson against San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata.

“I’ll be back.”
-Pamela Price, two days after her June election loss, vowing for a return to politics. It proved prophetic. More than month later Price announced she was running for Oakland mayor.

“Special interests have been rigging the system against the working class for far too long.”
-Rep. Ro Khanna, in June, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Janus v. AFSCME, dealing a blow to public employee unions across the country.

“There may have been an American flag on that stage but I did not see an American President”
-Rep. Eric Swalwell commenting on the Helsinki summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in June.

“The threat by Mr. Crawford to remove me from the MAC is curious at best. In my mind it is retribution,”
-Dave Sadoff, member of the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council, in August, calling out the chair of the MAC for attempting to remove him from the advisory council solely appointed by Alameda County Nate Miley.

“We are at a breaking point.”
-Hayward Councilmember Elisa Marquez, describing the city’s financial prospects, in September, while stumping for Hayward’s Measure T Real Estate Transfer Tax ballot measure, which was approved by voters in November.

“I love me some Barack Obama.”
-Assembly candidate Buffy Wicks, a former Obama staffer, listing her political idols for a Berkeley audience in early October.

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Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab may represent the future of East Bay politics. Her quote Dec. 11 sums up 2018 in East Bay politics and is the Quote of the Year.

“I heard the comments about my race, my age, my capabilities, my values, and much more. At times my voice shook as I continued to challenge the status quo.”
-Hayward Councilmmeber Aisha Wahab, Dec. 11, following her swearing-in as the first Afghan American elected in the U.S.


2017 – Rob Bonta. “Let’s kick Trump’s ass.”
2016 – Desley Brooks. “I would love to see the day Libby Schaaf puts her white privilege aside.”
2015 – Trish Spencer. “I have many Filipino friends. Our children grew up… eating rice — white rice!”
2014 – Libby Schaaf. “It’s hella time for leadership in Oakland.”
2013 – Tori Campbell. “Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Dang Ding Ow.”
2012 – Pete Stark. “If I we’re a lawyer, I would call that bribery, but I’m not a lawyer, so I’ll let Mr. Swalwell define what he thinks taking all this money from people he gave special zoning privileges is.”
2011 – Ken Pratt. “I nominate her [Jean Quan] the queen of residential blight.”
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.”