Blogging Bayport Alameda

June 2, 2008

Not quite “award winning”

Filed under: Alameda, Errata — Lauren Do @ 7:43 am

But oh so close.

So I said I was probably going to blog about the school parcel tax until Tuesday, but it’s not every day when you get featured as “Blog of the Week” by the San Francisco Chronicle next to such internet luminaries as Stuff White People Like and Gone Fishing.

Accolades and speculations about the growing size of my ego can be placed here.

Things I enjoyed about the blurb, first that it was written by John Diaz, editorial page editor, who is an Alamedan (generational pedigree!) himself, and not one of those silly outsiders like me.   The second thing I enjoyed was the almost immediate comment posting from “antzv” who felt the need to correct any misconceptions that anyone might have had while reading the blurb that I was some anti-establishment observer that would rage against the proverbial machine, even though that was hardly what the very short blurb said.

I particularly liked the sentiment that was pushed by “antzv” that this town was a friendly one until I came strolling along with guns ablazing and collecting bullets to count the number of “casualties” I have felled during my short stint in Alameda.   Because, the “status quo” that did exist on the internet previously in the form of Alameda Daily News, was, I suppose, perfectly acceptable to “antzv” since it aligned with his/her world view.   Let’s take a trip down memory lane courtsey of the Wayback Machine, which unfortunately only categorized some, but not all of ADN’s greatest hits.   I shall borrow a much used “question” from poster AD on this site to try and understand to what purpose these particular posts served in furthering the discussion in Alameda in a “friendly” manner.   “To what end” were these particular posts on ADN made?   Are they simply acceptable because in general ADN represents the world view, or rather, Alameda view of “antzv.”   Or because they are perceived by “antzv” as being “anti-establishment” that the oftentimes snarky commentary is overlooked and, in fact, part of the friendly charm of the town.

Also, please note, if you click on any of these links that the interview roster for the Don Roberts show often featured such “status quo” establishment folks like: Beverly Johnson, Frank Matarrese, Barabra Kerr (who was a sitting Councilperson elected through a majority of Alamedans, status quo again), Tony Daysog, etc…  Also ADN and Don R. lauded former City Staff such as Bill Norton as the “best City Manager Alameda has had for the past several decades ” and continues to post, verbatim, press releases from the City. 


  1. Thank you for posting the archives. This is fun. Reading it all over, I note three things:

    1. Don Roberts has no probem criticizing the establishment
    2. Lauren Do at her best (as when she marks someone like Jeffrey Smith for target practice) is not better than Don Roberts at his worst (as when he picks on Marylin Ezzy Ashcraft for being late to a meeting)
    3. WDRWWLDB?

    BTW, congratulations. John Diaz is somewhat mistaken in his assessment, but you’re out there.

    Comment by AD — June 2, 2008 @ 10:16 am

  2. Thanks for the memories. I suddenly have a renewed respect for Alameda Daily News.

    Comment by Sam — June 2, 2008 @ 10:49 am

  3. The most immediate difference between ADN and laurendo is that Don controls the content; it is not a blog in that sense. People have to send stuff to Don and then it becomes a news item; sometimes he edits stuff, adds his own comments, etc. But the point is that there is an editorial role that he plays. The immediacy of a blog beats ADN’s quasi-blog to the punch most of the time, in my opinion. That is why I post here and haven’t sent something to Don in years.

    Comment by Michael Rich — June 2, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

  4. AD,

    Did Don always criticize the establishment, or only after the folks he likes were no longer in power? The latter just seems like poor sportsmanship.

    Comment by Joe — June 2, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

  5. Michael,, You can only post on the ADN if you agree with the “editor”.

    Lauren, congratulations

    Comment by john piziali — June 2, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

  6. Don Roberts was never part of the “power” structure in Alameda. He ran for city council way back around 1990 and lost badly. He then re-cast himself as a reporter. He is basically a conservative Democrat who views the current moderate Democrats in power as wasteful liberals. You know what to expect when you read Don Roberts. Would one read the National Review and expect them to endorse Barack Obama or for the Nation to endorse John McCain? Don provides another perspective. I’m just happy to see multiple perspectives available in Alameda.

    Comment by AlamedaNayTiff — June 2, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

  7. Don has not posted most of what I sent him since the “SLATE” election. He surely is one sided and posts only what he wants. His site reads as if it represents Alameda, but it only represents him self and a quickly declining and limit part of Alameda as you see mostly the same 5-10 people posting there. I guess too many people have written him to find there letters haven’t been posted.

    The last time a sent him a response, “why he didn’t post my letter he wrote back”, and replied, I didn’t give him my address and phone #. He never required that before. I just don’t visit his site much any longer…unless someone referrers to something on his sight which is posted on this sight.

    Comment by Joel — June 2, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

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