In any new administration, it’s important to set the proper tone. To that end, at a victory celebration at Lake Merritt yesterday, Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf rode a giant mechanical snail. (Warning : It also shot flames.). Here’s the video, from KQED’s Andrew Stelzer, plus one from KTVU.

You can see Schaaf take the reins — of the snail, not the government, yet — at around 1:25.

By the way, the giant snail car originated in West Oakland in 2008, apparently. Click here to see how it was built.

Video: Libby Schaaf Rides a Giant Mechanical Snail 6 November,2014Jon Brooks


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, 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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