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November 17, 2017

Call to action and Happy Thanksgiving

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

This is my last post before Thanksgiving Break which starts Monday, but I just wanted to remind folks that the City Council is still meeting on Tuesday of next week.

As I guessed before the last meeting, Trish Spencer did indeed nominate Sylvia Gibson to the Planning Board — even though she was only added to the nomination list the day before the last City Council meeting — so the Council will be voting on that Tuesday night.   Based on the publicly available information about this candidate, it appears that she will largely represent the Alameda Citizens Taskforce point of view if appointed to the Planning Board.

Hopefully some folks will continue to speak out against Trish Spencer’s obvious attempts at stacking the Planning Board with her slow growth candidates.

Otherwise have a great Thanksgiving holiday everyone!  If you haven’t yet donated to the Food Bank turkey drive, the Food Bank is still seeking turkeys to help feed Alameda families.


November 16, 2017

Raw data diet

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

It’s taken me a while to get through the whole City Council meeting from last week and I got distracted with the Planning Board meeting video, so now I’m in the middle of two meetings and starting to lose the thread a bit.

But I did manage to clip out this part of the meeting which was a bit on the insane side and this wasn’t even at the end of the meeting when people are, rightfully, a bit cranky.

This is an exchange between Jennifer Ott and Trish Spencer on the topic of the Transportation Demand Management plan.

First is Trish Spencer declaring definitively that she believes that the barrier to entry when it comes to riding the bus is cost and that if the cost were lower to ride the bus that everyone would ride the bus.


November 15, 2017

Flood the tubes, build a wall

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Shortly after Measure A passed in 1973 this letter to the editor made was published in the Alameda Times-Star.

It might be one of my all time favorite letters to the editor ever.


November 14, 2017

Fear mongering

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

Yesterday two press releases hit mailboxes at approximately the same time from both the Alameda Unified School District and the City of Alameda.

From AUSD, which emailed out this short blurb redirecting folks to the joint statement made with the City and Police Department:

LMS Visitor Posed No Threat, APD Says

Over the weekend there was considerable talk on social media about a former AUSD student who visited Lincoln Middle School last week and made some disturbing comments. The Alameda Police Department (APD) has investigated the incidents and interviewed the former student. Please see this joint statement from APD, AUSD, and the City of Alameda for details.

And from the City of Alameda:


November 13, 2017

The North Housing remembers

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

Planning Board has two interesting things on the agenda tonight.

Oh before I forget, Trish Spencer did indeed nominate the quickly added candidate to the Planning Board list: Sylvia Gibson.  Despite there being a number of extremely qualified candidates on the existing list, Trish Spencer is bound to keep the drama going by soliciting her friends and like minded allies to fill the seat regardless of qualification, interest, or understanding of what the role does.


First item is the rezoning of the North Housing parcel.   Here’s a post I wrote a long time ago about the disposal of the North Housing parcel plus a map.  After the public benefit conveyance was complete — including delivery of the park parcel to the City which is going to have a grand opening soonish — the Federal government auctioned off the other half to a private developer.   This private developer: Carmel Partners is actually going to rehabilitate the existing units.


November 10, 2017

Lattes and avocado toast

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

Here’s something super depressing for all the renters out there and folks that are unable to afford to purchase a home in this obscene Bay Area housing market.

While microfiching I came across this ad for new homes for sale on Bay Farm for the Garden Isle Townhouses.  Listing price for these new homes? $35,200 to $55,700.


November 9, 2017

Grass-roots organization

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

One of the items that came up during the cannabis discussion was around the labor peace agreement that — in the first draft of the ordinance — would trigger if the business had more than two employees.  Putting aside the fact that the number seems a bit on the low side, it appeared that more people objected to the idea of a labor peace agreement in general than the low trigger number.

I found an article about organizing in Oregon and how one business owner who sought out the union to organize his workers, from a 2015 article:

United Food & Commercial Workers Local 555 recently negotiated a three-year contract on behalf of employees at a Portland dispensary and hopes to broker similar deals across the state as the cannabis industry takes off, said Jeff Anderson, Local 555 secretary-treasurer.

The initial contract for workers at Stoney Brothers provides for wages starting at $15 an hour for cashiers, $20 an hour for trimmers and up to $32 an hour for master cannabis cultivators. The agreement also guarantees paid holidays and vacation days, pension contributions and employer-subsidized health insurance.


November 8, 2017

Trish gonna Trish

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

A series of tweets from #alamtg that will give you a snapshot of last night’s City Council meeting:


November 7, 2017

Make it big

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

I’m not sure how many people are following along with the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan that is going before the City Council tonight.  I’ve not been doing a great job at tracking this topic probably because there are a lot of other much more hyper informed people paying better attention that I ever could.

This group of activists is asking the City Council to think much much bigger than it has in the past about how to approach some of the transportation issues in Alameda.  And this particular topic is even more relevant than ever considering the recent spate of car vs. pedestrian accidents than have been plaguing our city.   We’re so concerned about how LimeBikes are parked, but not as concerned that some of our streets are hostile to anybody not in a car.

Anyway, if you don’t have time to put in your own detailed letter to the Council, consider signing on to this letter.


November 6, 2017

Puff puff give

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

On Tuesday night the City Council — after some weekend policy making — will be getting the first look at the resulting ordinance regarding cannabis related businesses and activity.

The staff report is very detailed on some of the major issues and includes things like revamping the smoking ordinance separately:

Staff is now requesting that City Council introduce two separate ordinances, one amending the City’s smoking ordinance to include prohibiting smoking cannabis consistent with the existing prohibition on smoking tobacco in public places, including parks and in multi-family housing, and one amending the AMC to regulate cannabis business activities, including on-site consumption within an approved dispensary.


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