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October 24, 2016

How could you be so heartless?

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

So recall on the City Council’s agenda in late September there was an agenda item about possible phasing for the Main Street Neighborhood at Alameda Point.  As a refresher this is the parcel under discussion.


I’m sure this has been mentioned before but the residential units currently occupied by Alameda Point Collaborative families are in a sorry state.  Add to that the current infrastructure is in complete disrepair and in need of serious repair, if not replacement, like yesterday.   The point of this agenda item was to talk about a way to support the existing residents out in that neighborhood, including the Big White lessees, knowing that the only way to fund new/replacement infrastructure is to get a developer to do it by allowing the developer to build residential housing units.


October 21, 2016

Fact check: what the what?

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

First off, many thanks to the Alameda Peeps Candidate Forum organizers without whom many of this week’s posts would not be possible. So if you are not a member of Alameda Peeps but would like to take a listen to the forum, you can find it here.

One of the final questions for the three candidates in attendance was to consider the last two years and talk about an issue that the candidate disagreed with the majority position taken by the City Council.

Malia Vella spoke about the disappointing outcome with regard to rent stabilization and the subsequent competing ordinances on November’s ballot.

Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft spoke about senior assisted living center on Harbor Bay.

And Jennifer Roloff?  Well…she ended up going off into a tangent that should remind people of a certain presidential candidate who spawned a twitter hashtag starting with this tweet:

And culminating in many glorious Trump book reviews, but I digress.


October 20, 2016

Fact check: campaign contributions

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

Another Jennifer Roloff fact check based on a not-so-subtle dig toward the other two candidates in attendance at the Alameda Peeps forum.  This came as a response to a question about outside money influencing Alameda elections.  I believe that the initial goal of the question was really to talk about the huge influence money from the California Apartment Owners Association has been in the M1 vs L1 rent stabilization initiatives, but Jennifer Roloff took this opportunity to announce that she wasn’t taking money from certain categories of people/groups:

I’m not taking contributions by special interest groups, by development groups, by anybody who does business with the City of Alameda.

I think by now most people know how I feel about the term “special interest” it’s really used to describe any group or person that doesn’t support a particular candidate or issue that the person using the term finds important.   While I’m sure that Jennifer Roloff does’t believe that her group of advisers are a “special interest,” I would say that they are.  They have spent time and money grooming Jennifer Roloff in order to get her on the City Council so that she will represent their (special) interests.

That’s why when people say “special interest” as some pejorative, it really isn’t.  We all have “special interests” and, hopefully, can find someone or a group of someones that are like minded enough to support our special interests.



October 19, 2016

Fact check: why no 15% higher affordable housing mandate

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

As part of the great Alameda Peeps campaign forum the other night there was a question about development and traffic, natch.  Jennifer Roloff had a tough time answering most of the questions offered by the audience in a meaningful and thoughtful way.

Actually, most of Jennifer Roloff’s answers came out sounding like answer given by a student who crammed at the last minute and then was sort of trying to BS her way through an exam, particularly when paired up against Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, by the way this in a nutshell sort of defines Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft:

Also being compared to other “fresh face” Malia Vella, who is as informed as she is articulate, Jennifer Roloff comes off as out of her depth.


October 18, 2016

Fact check: 2000 units since 2014

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Fact check time folks.

It’s taken me a while to get this information, but it took me by surprise the first time I saw it mentioned on City Council candidate Jennifer Roloff’s website.

In her section on development she poses this question to you, gentle reader:

Did you know that that [sic] Alameda, since 2014, has approved close to 2000 new housing units, the great majority of which are not yet occupied?


October 17, 2016

Tell him boy, bye

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

I’m not typically  a fan of negative mailers, but they’re effective.  However if anyone deserves a negative mailer in this particular City Council race: it’s Tony Daysog.   Some folks are getting undergarments in bunches over the negative mailer, probably because it comes directly from a labor backed independent expenditure group.   You can see a copy of the mailer here.

The address side has excerpts from the great op-ed by Planning Board member David Burton, the other side has a side-by-side of how Tony Daysog failed to support Alameda’s seniors as compared to Malia Vella’s work with seniors.  The IE is not just supporting Malia Vella but a whole host of candidates.


October 14, 2016

Okay ladies now let’s get information

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

I’ll be totally honest between PTA/school stuff and the national election I have found it really difficult to concentrate on the local election, those two things have sucked up all available bandwidth that I have to offer.  But since absentee ballots have already gone out I figure that I should, at least, tell you all who I’m voting for in these local elections.

Much like for the national election, I’m not really — and have never really been — interested in whether a candidate is super likable or whether I could have a beer with the person.  I don’t want my elected officials to be just like me.  I particularly don’t want elected officials to have much less knowledge than I do about how, whatever level of, government works.  I’m a fan of hyper competent wonky people who know how to get the job done without too much of a required learning period.


October 13, 2016

Get right out of town

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Not exactly about Alameda but relevant given the discussion around development that inevitably leads to someone saying something like, “but what happens in an emergency how is everyone going to get out?”  Some people will point out that in the case of an earthquake most people will hunker down anyway which is why we are told to get together earthquake supplies to last for a certain number of days.  The likelihood of everyone rushing off Island all at once after the last shake is over is pretty slim.

However the recent hurricane evacuations are instructive as to how evacuations, if of a disaster level big enough to necessitate the Federal government to step in and coordinate.  From a Wired article about the hurricane evacuations:


October 12, 2016

Chaos and bloodshed are not a solution

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

Buried in a bunch of #alamtg tweets was this gem describing last week’s City Council meeting:

and then this:

And this:


October 11, 2016

Million dollar loan

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Oh look another opportunity for some of the “oh we don’t need market rate housing to subsidize affordable housing” crowd to understand the basics of how affordable housing units are actually funded these days.

So remember that $10 million being dangled by Jennifer Roloff as though that were sufficient in and of itself?

The City Council has an agenda item next week that discusses a loan for the Del Monte Senior Housing project.  The project:

The Del Monte Senior Apartments, a 31-unit, 100% affordable, senior housing development. The unit mix includes thirty (30) one-bedroom apartments, and one (1) two-bedroom manager’s apartment. Property amenities include community garden space, a multi-purpose community room and central laundry facilities. The apartments will serve senior households with incomes up to 60% of the Area Median Income, with most households at or below 50% of median income.


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