So the rest of the endorsements/what I already voted for, I didn’t include everything, just the ones I felt strongly about.
Measure I (Alameda school bond): Yes.
It’s not gotten a whole lot of attention, but infrastructure issues at most Alameda school is definitely an issue. Not necessarily the school my kids attend, but every other school in Alameda is in dire need of some money to bring the schools up the the 20th century not just the 21st century. We expect huge things from our children in the future, we should be willing to give a little to make their learning experience not suck balls. Vote yes on Measure I.
Did everyone check out the video, interestingly enough the Mayor of Alameda, Marie Gilmore, is featured advocating for people to support local schools. A sitting School Board member running for Mayor is not. Go figure.
I just realized that I haven’t yet released my election recommendations because, well, everyone else is doing it and I’ve done it year after year, why break with precedence.
If you haven’t yet guessed, for Mayor I have already voted for Marie Gilmore. I say “already voted” because I like the whole absentee ballot thing because it’s really quite simple to knock it out in my spare time.
It’s fluffy but is pretty well done for a local election:
Why am I voting for Marie Gilmore?
The other day I was watching the Daily Show and Jon Stewart had, as his guest, the author of a book about when tabloids finally took over coverage of politics in journalism: Matt Bai. At the end of the interview, Matt Bai wrapped up the interview with this quote:
I think we drum good people out of politics who are defined by the single worst thing they’ve ever done as opposed to the context of their public life. And I think we make it much much easier for people who have no business holding office to enter the process because when you’re not talking about ideas and world views and agenda, when you’re talking about character and personality it makes it very easy for someone to float through the process without ever having to explain themselves or demonstrate what they know.
I thought a lot about this in context of Alameda elections in general, and not just this one, even though the character and personality seem to be one of the few reasons people have proffered to vote for Trish Spencer (she’s friendly, she talks to people, she listens). It’s not as though Alameda lacks in talented, dedicated, and smart people. I just think that most people don’t want to be, as stated by Matt Bai, “defined by the single worst thing they’ve ever done.”
Generally I do a huge roundup of all the article about candidates and whatnot and throw it up on my roundup page. But I’m feeling lazy right now, just an overall sense of “meh” about this election in general, however I did get around to updating the endorsements that have begun to roll in for the candidates. There are not a whole lot of surprises so far, the all Democratic affiliated clubs went for Marie Gilmore for Mayor and Stewart Chen and Jim Oddie for City Council. The Sierra Club opted to only elect to endorse Frank Matarrese. And the Green Party for Alameda County, which has the strangest endorsement procedure, went for Trish Spencer for Mayor and Frank Matarrese for City Council.
The Alameda Journal/Oakland Tribune went for Marie Gilmore for Mayor and Jim Oddie and Frank Matarrese for City Council. But I think the only endorsement that I was actually surprised at was the one from the East Bay Express.
Sometimes Facebook has the best stuff. On my newsfeed yesterday, someone shared a photo snapped at Alameda Wine Company. Now, I have to say that the husband and I used to go to Alameda Wine Co. and whenever we were lucky enough to have someone watch the kidlings it used to be a stop during our infrequent date nights because the husband really liked the place. I don’t drink — I think I’ve mentioned this before — but the non-alcoholic offerings were always lovely.
Fast forward and about a year and a half ago someone posted on Yelp a really horrible tale about an interaction she had with the owner of the Alameda Wine Co. I’m pretty sure I didn’t actually write about the incident as a separate blog post, but I think I did tweet about it. I can’t find my tweet now, but it probably came up on the feed in the corner. Someone else recounted the story in my comments section here which was a bit of a detour from the original topic, but seems to happen a lot with you folks.
Even though the role of the Hospital Board has largely been reduced given the new partnership with Alameda Health Systems, this did not stop the Hospital Board from voting a few weeks ago to give themselves a $100 per meeting stipend where there was no allocation before.
Apparently only one member, the newest one Kathryn Saenz-Duke, was the sole vote against the proposal.
There’s a thread on Alameda Peeps about Sila Nanotechnologies and the City proudly (with a good reason) announcing the arrival of this new business to Alameda. I wrote about Sila Nanotechnologies coming to Alameda a few months ago after their application was submitted to build holding tanks for silane and nitrogen. Just in case you were wondering where Sila Nanotechnologies would be located, they are going to occupy one of the buildings in the really odd parcel that site between the two tubes (for lack of a better marker).
Anyway, something came in the comments about Alameda as Silicon Island. While this designation may be new to some folks, it has been around in the Alameda vocabulary for a while as far back as 1999. Here’s a bit of a flashback from an old SF Chronicle article about Alameda, highlights:
Not Alameda related at all, but too funny not to share. The City Council meeting is a little bit boring tonight so I’m not even going to bother. But check this out from the Oakland Mayoral race. Apparently there are like a billion candidates for Mayor from current Mayor Jean Quan, to her old adviser Dan Siegel, to City Council contender Libby Schaaf and so on and so forth. But no other candidate has a more awesome platform than Peter Liu.
I’m going to excerpt a bit of his blurb, but honestly it should be read in its entirety to really appreciate this work of art:
So, before I left for Vietnam at the end of September I received a campaign mailer that was, ostensibly, anti-Mike McMahon and anti-school bond. The mailer had no identifying information of who sent the mailer itself. Given that this community tends to lose its shit over political phone polls and likes to call even the most basic phone poll a “push poll” if it has anything remotely negative in it, I’m shocked that in the weeks that I was gone that this anonymous mailer hasn’t received more traction.
The only identification on the mailer itself is the permit number for the bulk mailing company which, I assume, belongs to the company that printed the flyers.
Why is this a big deal? Well, according to FPPC rules there must be a disclosure of who paid for the mailer if it went out to 200 people. From the FPPC:
I dunno if it’s just me, or if it’s this election, or the fact that I’ve been away for the past few weeks, but I’m feeling super uninspired by this election. Maybe because the candidates for City Council are just so meh. The only thing that leaves me with a cold dread is the possibility that Trish Spencer could be our next Mayor. On the bright side though, she has been on her very best behavior at the School Board meetings, I imagine that after the election if she is unsuccessful in her bid for the Mayor’s seat she’ll revert to the old Trish Spencer that we all have come to know. Interestingly enough at the last School Board meeting she voted “yes” to the designs for the Encinal pool remodel but yet voted no again and again to the mechanism that actually would pay for the remodels. In fact, she touts her opposition to the complicated land exchange between the City and the School District as a reason why people should vote for her. That is where the money comes from the pay for the renovations. But typically Trish Spencer, vote for the easy stuff to say you “supported” something, but then not for the means to pay for it. Which is so like a “fiscal conservative,” eh?
But anyway, I’ve decided against writing out profiles for the School Board candidates. Call it apathy, whatever. Solana Henneberry will likely win because 1) female, 2) education background, and 3) support of the unions. Gary Lym has hedged his support for the bond measure which tells me that he is Trish Spencer redux.
Every time Mike McMahon runs I always get a bit nervous for him. Why? Because he’s not the warmest or fuzziest of Board Members. In fact sometimes he can come off as downright abrasive. But ever since the departure of Ron Mooney from the School Board, Mike McMahon is the only one, the ONLY one, that really truly understands all the nuances of public school funding. To lose that sort of expertise simply because he rubs some people the wrong way would be a tragedy for the School District.