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December 4, 2012

Line of sucession

Filed under: Alameda, City Council — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

Yesterday, Rob Bonta was sworn in as our local State Assembly person:

Oh, and another fun fact, apparently outgoing State Assembly member Sandre Swanson (Alameda resident) has been appointed as Deputy Mayor in Oakland now that his statewide gig is up.

And, Rob Bonta was chosen as the chair of PERS:

I know some of you won’t be able to hold back your snarkiness at that news, so I won’t even try.

So for tonight’s meeting, does this mean that Stewart Chen will be quickly sworn in to fill Rob Bonta’s seat before the meeting starts?  Because there are some pretty important stuff going down at the next few meetings, so being down a Councilmember probably is not the best thing.



  1. In a body already owned by public employee unions, to be chosen to run the unions’ Holy Grail is a real achievement. Of a sort…

    The unions bought him for a comparatively small sum. If they could invest in markets as well as they do in empty suits, they could run their pension funds themselves….

    Comment by Jack Schultz — December 4, 2012 @ 6:27 am

  2. You ask an excellent question about the now-empty CC seat. But for Stewart Chen, who finished third in the vote count, to be sworn in ahead of Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, the top vote getter, would be even stranger than having the empty seat…

    1: I suggest you hold your fire until you see how Rob performs in office before writing him off as “bought.” Working and lower-income people have been getting the shaft during recent budget cuts and I hope that Rob will be able to help them (us) recover some of our lost assets as well as
    rein in the unfunded PERS liabilities. If anyone can do both at the same time it will be someone like Rob, who earned his degrees from Yale with real intelligence.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — December 4, 2012 @ 8:04 am

  3. I asked the appointment question, Chen will be sworn in on the 18th with the two election winners all at the same time. Listening to Rob B. and some of his supporters speak yesterday about how meaningful his election has been to the state’s Filipino community was really moving.

    Comment by JKW — December 4, 2012 @ 8:54 am

  4. I never said he was dim, his efforts show some intelligence. He saw where the money comes from. He saw where it goes. He worked hard to put himself in the middle of that path. That shows brains, though one doesn’t need Yale to have that attribute. (See also: Bush, G.W.)

    But I must take issue with your line about “working & lower income people” whom Bonta so selflessly serves. BULLSHIT. He is serving well off people, many who earn several times the national avg salary, and most of whom can retire in a splendor unkown to “working & lower income” people, also known as “taxpayers.” You know, the people whose labor funds the unions’ gifts.

    Comment by Jack Schultz — December 4, 2012 @ 8:57 am

  5. #3:”really moving”…yeah, Bowel moving. Like David Howard’s signs said: “Bonta Been Bought”. No truer words ever spoken. Thank you, jkw, for by your tweet you show how much you agree with the veracity of that statement. Never thought I’d see you backing up David Howard’s positions!

    As for intelligence, that is mutually exclusive from integrity. Never heard of the Evil Genius?

    Comment by vigi — December 4, 2012 @ 9:31 am

  6. I don’t get the obsession with Bonta and his supporters. Are his backers really any different than Sandre Swanson’s were, or most of the rest of the folks in Sacramento? If you want to hate on unions and other “special interests”, fine. But I don’t get all the hyperbole around Bonta like his influence is especially pernicious . I think it is just sour grapes over the results of the last couple local elections.

    Comment by M.I. — December 4, 2012 @ 10:19 am

  7. It’s not hyperbole, it’s far-sightedness. Recognition of the fact that every dubious politician in higher office today started out in a lower office first. The farther up the ladder they are, the harder it is to dislodge them. We are too late to do much about the ones at the top, but you cannot blame us for trying to prevent future sycophants from rising. And speaking of hyperbole, why do you instantly characterize any & all opposition to a viewpoint as “hate”?? THAT is hyperbole.

    Comment by vigi — December 4, 2012 @ 10:55 am

  8. doesn’t stewart chen get sworn in, at the City Council Mtg, because I know there are people who usually say things to people, like to say goodbye to their fellow colleagues?

    Comment by justice — December 4, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

  9. regarding school board elections, i heard rumors, that Nielsen Tam, lost the election, i don’t know who is springing these rumors, but they need to stop

    Comment by justice — December 4, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

  10. 5: “As for intelligence, that is mutually exclusive from integrity. Never heard of the Evil Genius?”

    Carol, we had an Evil Genius in power in Alameda recently: her name was Interim City Manager Anne Marie Gallant.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — December 5, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

  11. 9: The false rumors about the AUSD Board of Trustees election are just the result of someone who needs to get back on her/his medications
    or seek help of some other sort. Pay them no heed. In case anyone needs the truth, here’s the link to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters:

    Comment by Jon Spangler — December 5, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    NP – Trish Spencer 14823 21.49
    NP – Barbara Kahn 11696 16.96
    NP – Niel Tam 9452 13.71
    NP – Jon G. Murphy 7466 10.83
    NP – Michael Robles-Wong 7111 10.31
    NP – Ron Mooney 6407 9.29
    NP – Tom Lynch 5355 7.76
    NP – Robert W. Mann 3415 4.95
    NP – Kurt Peterson 3108 4.51
    Write-in 132 0.19

    Comment by Jon Spangler — December 5, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

  13. 12: received…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — December 5, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

  14. Speaking of successions, John Russo says he has his hands full trying to find a suitable replacement for Lisa Goldman, who attended her last City Council meeting as Alameda’s Assistant City Manager last night.

    She was bright, capable, dedicated, and she will be sorely missed. The City of Burlingame, where she becomes City Manager, is very lucky to have such a high-caliber public servant.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — December 5, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

  15. Bonta has already started work in his new post…by being AWOL from the last 2 City Council meetings [including closed sessions discussing serious litigation with SunCal, EBRPD, & the Zack family?]. Good thing there was nothing of importance to discuss..

    Comment by vigi — December 6, 2012 @ 9:20 am

  16. I believe that once Bonta was sworn in to the Assembly on Monday he formally vacated his seat on the City Council so he is no longer an Alameda City Council member or rather was no longer a City Council member as of Monday.

    Comment by Lauren Do — December 6, 2012 @ 9:23 am

  17. You may be correct, Ldo, but it would be nice if the City made some sort of Formal Announcement as to the protocol which obtains in this situation. Especially since earthshattering events in Alameda politics tend to happen in this grey area between the December end of one administration & the January beginning of the next. Bonta’s greatest achievement as a City Councilman was arguably the termination of ANN [no E, Jon] Marie Gallant.

    Comment by vigi — December 6, 2012 @ 9:54 am

  18. You mean Bonta’s greatest achievement was not appointing Lisa Goldman as the Acting City Manager and then later hiring John Russo for the permanent City Manager position? The glass has to be half full somewhere!

    Comment by BarbaraK — December 6, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

  19. AMG was not terminated. She was advised that her contract would expire at its regular, specified time and that the City would be hiring a permanent City Manager.

    Comment by Kate Quick — December 6, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

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