Skip to comments.Prius driven by incoming Mayor Jean Quan booted over unpaid tickets
Posted on 11/25/2010 9:30:46 AM PST by Nachum
OAKLAND -- Incoming mayor and current Councilmember Jean Quan received an unwanted surprise Tuesday when she found a boot on the car she had parked in her reserved City Hall spot.
The car in question, a Toyota Prius, is registered to Quan's husband, Floyd Huen. A police technician ran a check on the car and discovered that it had more than $1,000 worth of unpaid parking tickets, parking officials confirmed.
The tech then ordered workers to immobilize the car.
Quan said Wednesday evening that the couple had received the tickets during her campaign, which had kept her "extraordinarily busy." Her husband, she said, handled the family's bills for the past year and she thought they were reasonably current. "As soon as I found out, I paid them," she said.
Quan said her husband told her that he thought he had paid them. "He just got backlogged," she said. Under the city of Oakland's "scofflaw program," the boots are used to immobilize vehicles whose owners have accumulated five or more unpaid parking tickets, according to a 2009 news release from the city administrator's office. That number reached 68,000 vehicles in November 2009, when the city launched a crackdown on delinquent tickets using a license-plate identification system.
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Forget it, Jake. It’s Oaktown.
I hear Follywood is giving Quan the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her "tolerance and compassion."
She was also on the Nobel Peace Prize's How Can We Top Obama Subcommittee list-----until North Korea won by bombing South Korea.
How many trees died to make the paper for all those tickets??!
If it were a Republican they would have gotten 99 years.
Quan's husband Dr Floyd Huen and her daughter Lailan.
"I know discrimination, voters. I'm a member of an oppressed minority----Asian retaurant owners."
True story, about 25 years ago, I was appointed to represent two minors in probate court. Their step father was driving down the road and got pulled over for expired tags. The cop ran his plates and found that there was a warrant on him for expired parking tickets. “Sir, I’m sorry but you’ll have to follow me down to the police station and either pay the parking tickets or post bond.” So off they go. He goes in, pays the tickets, comes back out and his Saab won’t start. He tries and tries. After a while the guy from the police motor pool come out and offers to give him a jump. The man freaks out, starts to call a tow truck and totally looses it when the motor pool cop insists. Probably cause now to open the trunk (where Saabs and Miatas keep their batteries) His dead wife was there.
“I know discrimination, voters. I’m a member of an oppressed minority——Asian restaurant owners.” >>>>>>>
You pay cash! OK. Free eggroll if you pay cash.
Free with cash----we even throw in a few piece recycled broccoli.
Hey, it’s Oakland. What do you expect from Oakland? Oakland residents make the rest of us Californians actually look like we have half a brain.
Why am I not surprised? And have you ever heard such BS excuses outside of the White House? Corrupt crooks, nothing more.
Its called the Denver Boot after city where it was first introduced. If you have a number of unpaid parking citations, they immobilize your car until its paid up. Lots of scofflaws around the country.
Call me a scofflaw but...
Cities are legendary for creating impossible parking schemes and racking in the dough. So screw the city and its heard of the otherwise unemployable people. The judges, city councilmen, prosecutors and city attorney = otherwise unemployable lawyers: yawn.
I still get free public parking in my town. If they figure out they could charge for it, I’d be screwed.
A web story about the fellow.
Not all folks are taking this kind of thing lying down, even if they are damaging "public property".