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Oakland mayor's home earns her 'Queen of Residential Blight' label

September 23, 2011 | 12:49 pm

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan 
Jean Quan may have been elected mayor of Oakland in November, but she was crowned queen earlier this week.

"Queen of Residential Blight," that is.

On Tuesday, Oakland dweller Ken Pratt showed up at a City Council meeting with a fistful of photos,  graphic depictions, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, of overgrown bushes and trees and damaged deck railings on the mayor’s property.

The hearing concerned the alleged mistreatment of property owners by city building inspectors, who reportedly slam them with excessive fines and liens if their holdings are cited for blight.

Pratt, the Chronicle said, complained that Quan received "special treatment" because her house is a mess and she’s never been fined for it. Hence the coronation.

Speaking Thursday at her weekly news briefing, Quan acknowledged that the mayor "has to be in compliance like everyone else."

This is how the Chronicle reported it:

"I think a lot of people like to take hits at me," she said, adding however, "I would say that my garden may not be the most beautiful garden."

Quan said that she is rarely home and agreed that she had let her Algerian ivy grow unabated. "I know now what plants survive after two years of campaigning and being ignored," she said.


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-- Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco

Photo: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan inside City Hall. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press