Blogging Bayport Alameda

May 13, 2010

Stuff white people like

#565: Going to meetings.

At the May 4th City Council meeting, the City Council adopted a resolution to support Measure E, the parcel tax.   At the meeting, many community members came out to both urge support or tell the Council to not support the Measure.   Apparently at the meeting one of the representatives from the opponents side was there filming folks.    When I heard about that, I thought that was sort of odd given that the proceedings are filmed and placed online anyway, so it was sort of overkill.

Turns out there was a reason why he was filming was to produce this lovely gem of a video:

For those who would rather not be subjected to the ridiculousness of it all, I’ll digest it for you.

The first slide talks about how the majority of Measure E supporters live in the Otis, Edison, and Franklin elementary school zones and that they don’t want their kids going to school with poor West End kids, like, I guess, my kids.   Then the slide prepares the viewers for a taste of what those bigoted East Enders look like.

Insert photos of people who are either sitting in an audience or speaking at that May 4th City Council meeting.   Personally, I enjoyed the photo of Rob Siltanen (spelled Stiltanen in the video) who was identified as wearing the “tweed jacket.”   Of course, lumping Rob Siltanen of the Tweed Jackets with the East End elites was completely in error, the West End has already claimed Rob Siltanen as one of our own.   There are some other West Enders grouped  in with the East End elites, but let’s not let facts get in the way of rhetoric, right?

But anyway, after showing this bunch of Measure E supporters the video jumps to black and asks “Notice Anything?”

I am assuming, given the strategic tactic that the Committee Against Measure E has been taking that we are suppose to notice that they are all white.

Clutch the pearls!

Here’s the ironic part of the whole thing.   You know that City Council meeting where most of the photos came from?   Yeah, the one when the community members came out to speak for and against Measure E?   Yeah…all the opponents are white too.  From the video feed:

Opponent #1 = white (55:20 on the video feed)

Opponent #2 = white (1:00:55 on the video feed)

Opponent #3 = white (1:09:39 on the video feed)

Nary a person of color or a “working class” looking person in the bunch.   But I suppose that is not as relevant a fact as long as you are the ones hyping the whole “They’re RACISTS” bit.

Hey, you know the only people of color that actually spoke that night about Measure E were Councilmembers Lena Tam and Marie Gilmore and both are supporting Measure E.



  1. Just to set the record straight, that isn’t David Forbes wife. He is married to a lovely woman named Peggy not to Lori MacDonald.

    Comment by Barbara M — May 13, 2010 @ 6:25 am

  2. Oh my goodness, you’re right Barbara! I didn’t even notice that was Lori MacDonald, that makes this even funnier. Funnier in a sad clown sort of way.

    Comment by Lauren Do — May 13, 2010 @ 6:28 am

  3. Way to ruin my breakfast…

    And all the opponents of Measure E?

    And Marie Gilmore of the City Council?

    Wait – and what else do they have in common? Answer – all those people have a social conscience and want to improve our community by saving the schools.

    Why is there a presumption by the opponents of Measure E that the West End is all people of color and that they want to go to East End schools?

    Answer – there isn’t – they just want to use the race issue to scuttle the tax.

    Should you really be allowed to play the race card if you’re not a person of color Mr. Hirshberg?

    Comment by Hot R — May 13, 2010 @ 6:31 am

  4. I asked him as I reached the podium to get my good side, and the SOB went out of his way to show my bald spot.

    And as the sloppiest dresser of the evening, might I have qualified as “working class looking?”

    Comment by dave — May 13, 2010 @ 6:32 am

  5. Kind of interesting that the person who did the filming for this video sends his kid to private school. Could it be because he doesn’t want his kids associating with the kids of the working class stiffs who send their kids to public school?

    Comment by Oh the irony! — May 13, 2010 @ 7:41 am

  6. Awww…can we please “let the facts get in the way of rhetoric here”? In addition to the fact that Rob Siltanen lives on the West End and that’s not David’s wife:

    1) Carla Greathouse lives on the East End but her kids go to school on the West End.

    2) Doug Biggs lives on the West End and directs Alameda Point Collaborative — he’s probably comfortable with “working class people” and people of color.

    3) David Forbes isn’t involved with Measure E.

    Comment by Higgledy Piggledy — May 13, 2010 @ 8:38 am

  7. Notice anything: Yeah, a good portion of the movie star supporters comment on this blog (and a handsome group they are too…except for that guy with the bald spot).

    Comment by jayare — May 13, 2010 @ 8:42 am

  8. christ… at least they didn’t get me on film! ^_^

    anyway, this is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen

    Comment by E — May 13, 2010 @ 9:46 am

  9. What’s really sad is that Hirshberg’s Committee Against Measure E *paid* for this!

    Because besides being defamatory, and false, this video is really bad!

    Comment by Higgledy Piggledy — May 13, 2010 @ 10:10 am

  10. 5. David Howard lives one block from Washington School at [edited]. Yet he won’t send his son there out of, in Mr. Howard’s own words “fear that (his) dearest little one might have to .. rub elbows with some ESL or inter-district transfer students at Washington..”.

    (scroll down for the comment.)

    How many English learners in your son’s classroom, David? Not as many as in any of the Alameda public elementary schools. The discrepancy between your public comments and your private actions reminds me of another righteous figure – former U.S. Senator Larry Craig. C’mon out of the closet you racist.

    Comment by live&learn — May 13, 2010 @ 10:38 am

  11. Does anyone know how Mr. Howard earns a living?

    Comment by exaggerate — May 13, 2010 @ 10:56 am

  12. Does anyone care? Get a life.

    Comment by Bob — May 13, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

  13. Only wish we would spend as much energy trying to convince our state representatives to change the flawed property tax structure as we do trying to convince Alameda voters to pass another parcel tax.

    This current method is a pattern.

    Comment by Mike — May 13, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

  14. #13 Yes, and note that the current method is (1) the same method other local cities are using and (2) the only legal method available, since the State has abdicated its responsibility to fund education. Other local cities have voted in parcel taxes for education, as the newspapers have reported.

    Comment by E T — May 13, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  15. #14. And some have not. Did you see Alexandra W’s letter in the Sun today? Real life description of what happens when class sizes rise and consolidation forces kids out of their neighborhoods. I know her; she is a gifted, multi-lingual teacher and a mother.

    Comment by Kate Quick — May 13, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

  16. FYI, I have replaced a copy of the old video as it was removed. The new version is virtually the same but with the addition of a “map” showing where Measure E supporters live.

    The only additional changes have been the correction of Rob Siltanen’s name and the removal of Doug Biggs from the video.

    Comment by Lauren Do — May 13, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

  17. Classy! Nothing like a map of political opponents’ homes to foster good will in the community. That plus race-baiting shows just how low the opponents of Measure E are willing to go. I guess when you can’t win on the facts, you have to resort to sleazy tactics.

    Have they no shame?

    Comment by Oh the irony! — May 13, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

  18. How did he know where to put the dot for the unidentified women with the measure E shirt on?

    What about the lady not married to David Forbes, where does she live?

    Comment by Member of a real family — May 13, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

  19. The silence from the E opponents over this shameful advertisement is very disturbing.

    Is this garbage really what you stand behind and stand stand for, CAME and friends?

    Please immediately take down this embarrassment to Alameda so we can focus on the real, genuinely difficult issues facing our schools and our town.

    Comment by Trying to be a grown up — May 13, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

  20. 12.

    “Does anyone care? Get a life.”

    Indeed. What sort of envious resentful, socially maladjusted person would track down that kind of personal information about their political opponents?

    Comment by BC — May 13, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

  21. does david howard support anything?

    Comment by E — May 13, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

  22. David rents out Section 8 properties.

    Comment by DRM — May 14, 2010 @ 9:00 am

  23. “Have you now, of have you ever been a member of the (racist) Measure E campaign?”

    and this guy sued somebody for calling him a stalker. Ha-ha-ha. He sure acts like one.

    Comment by M.I. — May 14, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

  24. #19, Alas, Grown-Up, I think that the Committee Against Measure E is engaging in these kinds of harassing techniques specifically to distract us from “the real, genuinely difficult issues facing our schools and our town.”

    So to anyone featured in — or affected by — this video, I’d like to say go out and campaign. Focus on Measure E. Do what you know is right.

    Comment by Higgledy Piggledy — May 14, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

  25. Higgledy-Piggledy
    Howard and protagonist
    -Atropo, too, is a
    Part of the trip-
    Bayportblog’s goddesses
    Practice their specialities:
    Spin, measure snip!

    Comment by jayare — May 15, 2010 @ 9:48 am

  26. #22 No he doesn’t – he kicked them out a while ago.

    Comment by notadave — May 17, 2010 @ 10:45 am

  27. Looks like youtube removed the video because of a terms of use violation.

    Comment by Oh the irony! — May 17, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

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