“Any time you have a major crowd moving in, throughout the city, it’s very difficult to get officers in place. We were able to do that and make arrests without using any force.”
–Jeff Thomason of the Oakland Police Department on Friday’s protest over the Mehserle sentence, and the police response

“I felt trapped.”
–Anonymous woman protester in Oakland who says she was part of a group surrounded by police. She asked if she could leave but the police refused, she said.

“We heard the message and we will deliver.”
–Tom Nolan, chairman of the Municipal Transportation Agency’s governing board, on the passage of San Francisco’s Proposition G, which eliminates the guarantee that Muni operators earn the second-highest wage among transit workers nationally

“It kinda made me sad to see I’m the only one out here.”
–Robert Musgrave, on the sparse attendance at San Francisco’s Veterans Day Parade on Sunday

“To be honest, I don’t even know. Ten or fifteen?”
–Chris Martin, when asked how many cats he and his wife owned, at a San Jose cat show this weekend


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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