I can’t say enough how relieved I am that the election has finished. Personally, this felt like the longest, most drawn out campaign ever and I’m glad it’s over. So inevitably we’ll be getting the spin about the effect of the SunCal/Taxpayers Network money and how that clearly made a difference because the voting populace are sheep and clearly can’t think for themselves without getting distracted by glossy mailers and push polls. I’m just going to point out that had the election turned out differently we’d be hearing about how smart the voting populace is and how they weren’t going to be bought off by glossy mailers and push polls.
The spin all depends on how well your candidate did I suppose, but congratulations nonetheless to Mayor Marie Gilmore and newly elected Vice Mayor Rob Bonta. Beverly Johnson will be rejoining the Council as a Councilmember and Lena Tam held on to third place and should be taking over Marie Gilmore vacated seat when she moved up to the top post.
And Margie Sherratt surprised no one by winning handedly over all others and Mike McMahon also was re-elected to his seat by a fair margin and declared victory early last night on Twitter.
Also after being uncontested for so long, Carole Ward Allen loses her seat as Bart Director to Robert Raburn who ran a terrific campaign.
Technically these tallies aren’t official yet according to Alameda County ROV, the only race that could be at issue is the City Council, but I think the spread is wide enough that a recount would be a monetary gamble.
But back to the business of what’s going on with the City. Did I mention how glad I am this is all over?
Tonight there are a few things to note on the City Council agenda, including yet another amendment to a contract for the construction company working on the Willie Stargell avenue extension project. Michele Ellson covered the story about how the promised bike paths didn’t materialize. So apparently because there was a mistake in the first place when putting in the road and improvements, another $110,000 needs to be spent to put in the appropriately sized bike paths. This one is on the consent calendar so it will be interesting to see if anyone pulls this item for discussion.
The Ambulance transport issue is back up under City Manager Communications because two City Council members were ill at the last City Council meeting. That should be a good discussion as well, and will be interesting in light of the results of yesterday’s election.
Also a last minute agenda item was added yesterday at 4:30 p.m. which would essentially have the City take responsibility for the maintenance of all AUSD recreation fields, including the pools (which technically they were supposed to be taking care of anyway).
And in a puzzling move, outgoing Mayor Beverly Johnson has decided to use this “lame duck” City Council session to appoint community members to particular boards and commissions, after sitting on these nominations for a while now. The most important nomination is for the Planning Board.