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March 21, 2011

Claim check

Remember how the folks over at the Committee Against Measure A (CAMA) filed a claim against Alameda SOS (the pro parcel tax campaign), the Alameda School District, and a bunch of individuals to the FPPC?   They claimed that the School District was

“Using public resources, in violation of State law, AUSD has clearly subsidized the ‘Yes on A’ campaign by providing a classroom, equipment, furnishings, artwork and a teacher as a photography model. Without AUSD providing public resources, the ‘Yes on A’ campaign would have had to spend a tremendous amount of money to stage the photographs in this mailer. AUSD has clearly contributed financing to this mass-mailer.”

And used this press release based on their own filings (and therefore their own perception of the piece) to claim that the mailer was “illegal”:

While the press release noted that the FPPC would “promptly evaluate and respond to Traiman’s complaint” the fact that there was no disposition yet didn’t stop CAMA and friends from broadcasting the fact that a complaint was out there to make it appear that the pro parcel tax campaign had done something illegal.

Well, as predicted by the CAMA campaign, after less than two weeks after receiving David Howard and Leland Traiman’s complaint, the FPPC has closed the file on this particular complaint, saying:

Of course, given the track record of David Howard he’ll probably just ignore the part about there being insufficient evidence that a violation occured and attempt to spin the closure as a technicality because the FPPC doesn’t have jurisdiction over violations of the Education Code.   So despite the fact that David Howard and Leland Traiman provided no less than 21 pages worth of “proof” that a violation had occured and a special hand written note by David Howard to the FPPC imploring that they:

And even funnier to boot, despite David Howard’s fears that the FPPC staff wouldn’t “read carefully” enough, they pointed out to him that the evidence that he proffered revealed that Alameda SOS had paid the School District for use of their facilities which David Howard was alleging that they had received for free, or rather “subsidized” by the school district.

But again, I’m sure that this letter, as definitive as it is, won’t stop CAMA from making whatever claim out of it that they want to.



  1. My spouse was featured prominently in campaign material but it appeared late in the campaign which I imagine is one she was not named in the complaint.

    I realize that the complaint was aimed at technical conditions it claims were breached, but the hand written part is ironic since in the last dozen years this household has subsidized the school and public education to the tune of literally thousands of dollars in paper, printer ink, books, even Klenex for the classroom and bags of candy used successfully as reward to coax tired students to push themselves. David Howard is a sniveling petty tyrant. His claims about his concern for the public good are all phony.

    Comment by M.I. — March 21, 2011 @ 7:44 am

  2. My guess is that D.H. didn’t care if this complaint went anywhere. He just wanted to use the phrase “complaint filed with F.P.P.C.” in his campaign. I think it could have even been timed to not get a response before the election was over. That’s my conspiresy theory for today.

    Comment by John P. — March 21, 2011 @ 8:08 am

  3. John your conspiracy theory is fact. Falsifying data, filing bogus complaints and then “reporting” on those complaints, and making inappropriate personal comments or actions are hallmarks of a David Howard “campaign”. Those that choose to pay him for these “skills” should realize that he actually cost them votes instead of getting them votes.

    Comment by notadave — March 21, 2011 @ 8:51 am

  4. We need to constructively and appropriately discuss and debate lots of serious issues and solve significant problems in Alameda. Our ability to do so is obviously enhanced when all sides base their positions and arguments on the truth and accurately portray reality – as well as their respective opponents..

    Community problem solving is only effective when mutual respect is the basis for our community dialogues. I look forward to the day when the suspicion and fear that often pervades our political discourse is greatly reduced.

    What will that require?

    Comment by Jon Spangler — March 21, 2011 @ 9:01 am

  5. I hope something else happens in town soon. I’m getting really sick of this issue. YAWN!

    Comment by Denise Shelton — March 21, 2011 @ 9:11 am

  6. 5. Else will soon arrive. It will be the Lab issue and one of two things will occur. 1. Alameda will make the short list and have everybody wetting their pants in smugness until the final is selected. 2. Alameda will not make the short list and everybody will be wetting their pants in fury.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 21, 2011 @ 9:28 am

  7. The FPPC decision and Howard’s insistence that Alameda SOS received unfair advantages brings to mind the allegations (discussed here) that our soon-to-be-former Interim City Manager, Ann Marie Gallant, was actually collaborating with David Howard and other Suncal opponents about Measure B.

    She may have emailed them privileged information and discussed strategy, but I do not recall anyone filing any FPPC claims against Howard for colluding with the then-ICM. Nor has the ICM ever been formally called to account for her improper actions.

    There is a consistent thread in all this (involving one David Howard) and I look forward to seeing all of the facts come out in court now that both Highsmith and Gallant have taken on the City of Alameda….

    Comment by Jon Spangler — March 21, 2011 @ 10:23 am

  8. I look forward to the day when the suspicion and fear that often pervades our political discourse is greatly reduced.

    What will that require?

    our soon-to-be-former Interim City Manager, Ann Marie Gallant, was actually collaborating with David Howard and other Suncal opponents…

    How about people like you who say one thing but mean another and spread half truths and more fictions just STFU?

    Comment by Adam Gillitt — March 21, 2011 @ 11:05 am

  9. O.K. most of us agree that D.H. isn’t worth spit, and Of course he is Adams other brother.
    Jack, at least you and I can say I told you so, when Alameda does not get the lab. That’s not my wish, just my belief.

    Comment by John P. — March 21, 2011 @ 11:41 am

  10. Whatever happened to the police report that Mr. Hoffman filed against Mr. Gillet for assaulting his wife? Did Ms. Gallant make it disappear too?

    Comment by Dennis V. — March 21, 2011 @ 11:46 am

  11. 7
    “…and I look forward to seeing all of the facts come out in court…”

    At least maybe we can find out if ninety days means 80 + 10 or just a number to be wordsmithed out of any meaning whatsoever.

    My guess it will never make it to that stage, unfortunately.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 21, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

  12. “Dennis”, my precious ignorant flower, there was no, and never will be, a police report filed. That, like everything other rumor spread by sycophantic toadies like you about the alleged incident, is a fabrication.

    Comment by Adam Gillitt — March 21, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

  13. (checks calendar) Oh that’s right, it’s spring break. Welcome back to the forum, Adam!

    Comment by notadave — March 21, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

  14. Re #4, #7, #8 – Jon, it’s not easy to type these words, but – Adam has a point. You trumpet that we need to base arguments on truth/facts, but then you turn around and engage in pure speculation. Can’t have your cake and eat it, too. I don’t think one needs to engage in speculation in order to make DH’s tactics appear any more unseemly or distasteful than they are.

    Re #12 – Adam, calling folks here “sycophantic toadies” or “do-bots” is really a case of the pot calling the kettle black, don’t you think? A cursory check of Alameda Post shows that EVERY ONE of your posts is copied verbatim from Action Alameda. Who’s the toadie? Maybe it’s time to coin a new term – Howbot.

    Comment by david burton — March 21, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

  15. Post#12 Adam, I was there when you had to be separated from that nice little old lady. I stayed there until the police came and talked to you and her. I was also there when the para-medics came to make sure she was O.K. There may not have been a police report filed, so I’ll just say that they had a conversation with you at the scene. To me it was not a fabrication it was right there in front of me happening in real time.

    I realize that you live in a world apart from most of us, but some things you just can not deny.

    Comment by John P. — March 21, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

  16. David- there’s a site at that aggregates this site, the in alameda blog at the SF Gate, Mr Sunshine’s blog, Dan Wood’s “Progressive” blog and other like minded folks… so what?

    Comment by Adam Gillitt — March 21, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

  17. And Johnny boy, your grasp on reality is slim at best. You were not a witness, you showed up after the fact and made up your own facts to get some attention. If you want a witness, ask Irene Dieter.

    Comment by Adam Gillitt — March 21, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

  18. Cross posted from September 16, 2010 re police report by Richard Hoffman:

    45.HELLO EVERYONE! I am the husband of the little old lady in the wheelchair, my wife. Being 74 years old I am new at blogging so bear with me, as I just discovered 4 blogs on the internet in Alameda.
    THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED AND WHY IT HAPPENED.We had several people working behind the table all day the 11th and 12th. My wife gave Gillitt permission to put his flyers on our table – along with the other candidates.After a few hours she went to the table next door. While she was gone a staffer took Adam’s flyers off the table because Gillitt harassed her on Saturday. My wife didn’t realize the flyers were not on the table upon returning. I had left the table to check something at our Demo Headquarters, and when I got back, I found out that Gillitt had come by and demanded where his flyers were? My wife found them below the table and tried to give them back to him and tried to tell him it wasn’t her fault. He called my wife a “liar” and grabbed my wife’s wrist, twisted it, and wouldn’t let go – whereupon my wife screamed at him – justifiably!
    Thankyou to WABA directors who came to her rescue and called police on Gillitt. We have a *police report* of the incident.

    Comment by Richard Hofmann — September 16, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    Comment by Dennis V. — March 21, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

  19. yes, the old man who doesn’t know how to use the internet conveniently showed up on the blogs one day. uh huh.


    Comment by Adam Gillitt — March 21, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

  20. He also misspelled his own name. Funny how that works, “Dennis”.

    Comment by Adam Gillitt — March 21, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

  21. Please indulge us with your version, Adam.

    Comment by Anon for my grandma's safety — March 21, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  22. #16 – Adam, the sites you mention may (or may not, depending on the issue)share sympathies, and even reference each other occasionally, but generally they contain original content. Your site, on the other hand, merely copies/parrots the AA line.

    My point was that you loudly declare that anyone who posts here in agreement with Lauren is a sycophant and do-bot. I couldn’t disagree with you more, but if you’re going to make the claim then perhaps you should keep in mind the admonition “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”.

    Comment by david burton — March 21, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

  23. Post # 18 Thanks Richard, I was one of the WABA people that came and stood in front of the table between Adam and your wife.

    Yes Adam do keep putting your foot further in your mouth. We were there with you. Thanks for bringing all of this up again it helps us to remember you.

    Comment by John P. — March 21, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

  24. Should we just set up the stocks and pillories then? That’s what made for really great communities in the middle ages, and you all seem to share that mindset.

    Comment by Adam Gillitt — March 21, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

  25. 24
    Now there’s an idea! Let’s do it tomorrow at the Farmers’ Market so we’ll have squished produce close at hand. Remember, Adam, no crying.

    Comment by Linda Hudson — March 21, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

  26. “Claim check”, check, please.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 21, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

  27. 14: David, The allegations I referred to were made by people who have seen proof of the charges they leveled against Ann Marie Gallant, and these allegations have been discussed here and by other news reporters. I raised them again here because David Howard was apparently one of the parties involved.

    My point above was simply that I am interested in seeing all of the facts come out, one way or the other. Apparently the courts may finally provide us with that opportunity. (SunCal has sued Alameda 3X now, and both Gallant and Highsmith have placed claims against Alameda, too. That is a lot of court time and a lot of potentially fruitful investigating.)

    Allegations of this collusion during the Measure B campaign are serious and also apparently well-substantiated. Furthermore, evidence of this collusion, among other things, may have been destroyed illegally and/or prematurely by the City of Alameda under ICM Gallant.

    These are serious and significant charges and they need to be fully investigated. I am most certainly not raising these allegations simply as a matter of Howard-bashing, but as a serious matter of public policy, transparency, and government accountability.

    Before all of these court proceedings are concluded I predict we will find out that our body politic and the City’s integrity were compromised far more than we know or realize by several individuals and the story will not be very pretty. But it IS a story that needs to be told – in full – so we can take appropriate action and return to solving Alameda’s problems.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — March 21, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

  28. Uguys know the song “Harper Valley PTA”? Well this is just another Peyton Place & you’re all Alameda hypocrites”

    Comment by notmayberry — March 21, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

  29. Interesting (but not unexpected) to note that there is no announcement of this news over at AA.

    Ironically, AA has this gem in the upper right corner of their news page: ” ‘News’ is anything that anybody doesn’t want somebody to know.”

    Comment by david burton — March 21, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

  30. So Adam went from Lying to Crying.

    Comment by John P. — March 21, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

  31. 28, no I don’t know the song, can you hummm a few bars.

    Comment by John P. — March 21, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

  32. 31

    I can name this tune in 1 note.

    All the Phony People Karaoke

    Ah, look at all the phony people
    Ah, look at all the phony people

    Comment by Dummy Hoy Hoy — March 21, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

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