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June 30, 2014

And they’re off…Nov. 2014 edition

Filed under: Alameda, City Council, Election — Tags: — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

So a few people have already announced that they will be running for City Council. Here’s the rundown of people list so far:

Current City Councilmember Stewart Chen.  Remember Stewart Chen was elected two years ago by coming in third and benefiting from Rob Bonta’s election to the Assembly.   His election was to serve out the remaining two years of Rob Bonta’s term.

Jim Oddie, I believe he is Rob Bonta’s chief of staff, former president of the Democratic club.  I just saw an announcement on Facebook for his campaign.  Expect significant support from labor groups.

I have heard that former City Councilmember Frank Matarrese is also running, but I don’t believe there has been a formal announcement yet.   When last Frank Matarrese ran for public office, Mayor, he announced way early in advance and had all these Town Hall meetings to prep himself for the run.  This time around there are no Town Hall meetings or super early announcements.

I think that former City Councilmember Doug deHaan may be eyeing a run at either City Council or maybe try for the Mayorship.  He’s been appearing at a lot of meetings lately and I think he may miss  not being on the other side of the dais.

My wild speculation guess of who may be toying with an entry into the City Council race is School Board member Trish Spencer.   She has appeared at a number of non School Board meetings to speak about non School Board related items.   It may be that she believes her appeal to transcend the school issues alone.   I will say that if Trish Spencer does run, I may be inclined to vote for her — and urge others to do so — simply to get her off the School Board.  The dynamic between Trish Spencer and John Russo should be entertaining if nothing else.

If we get a Frank Mattarese and Doug deHaan reboot, it will truly be depressing, but should make for good blog fodder moving forward.



  1. Can you remind us how many seats are up?

    Comment by dave — June 30, 2014 @ 7:15 am

  2. Only two, plus the Mayor. Stewart Chen will be up for re-election and Lena Tam is termed out.

    Comment by Lauren Do — June 30, 2014 @ 7:22 am

  3. You have to have opposing viewpoints on the council or you’ll have more of what’s been going on recently: the council vs. the citizens. We vote, they scheme to get around the vote, hold closed sessions, hold open meetings at times detrimental to attendance, ignore what people seem to want until (like in the case of Mif Albright) the citizens apply enough pressure that they have to back down. The fact that large groups of Alamedans seem to be continually in conflict with that the council wants to do indicates to me that a big segment of the population is not being represented at City Hall. While the gridlock that is occurring on the School Board is maddening, it’s a natural outgrowth of historically poor leadership. Maybe a new superintendent will make a difference there. We can hope.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — June 30, 2014 @ 7:58 am

  4. I’m hoping Adam Gillitt will run again. But, given the first time was already farce, what will the second time be?

    Comment by BC — June 30, 2014 @ 8:04 am

  5. Yeah, what happened to the David Howard and Adam Gillitt (mini-Howard) slate?

    What was the resolution of Howard’s DV arrest?

    Comment by Real Homeowners of the the Gold Coast — June 30, 2014 @ 9:18 am

  6. Despite the pleas of many prominent local Dems, Jim Oddie went out of his way to make sure that the county Dems endorsed Trish Spencer for school board. I hope that he lives to regret that decision if he doesn’t already. After all, Spencer’s vote against the bond, if successful, would have meant the loss of potential jobs for his union supporters. If I had no other reason to oppose him, that Spencer folly is enough to ensure that Oddie will not get my vote. It would be fitting if Spencer ran against him.

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — June 30, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

  7. #6, I have no doubt that Oddie will get on but I agree 100% with your thoughts on the subject. I will watch every move he makes and expose his love affair with firefighters union and AEA any chance I get. His boss has charm and whit that lets you forget (for a moment) that he is a mouth piece for the unions no matter how outlandish their demands. He doesn’t have that same charm and whit.

    I certainly hope Trish runs. Alameda elections are nothing without a nut job running.

    Comment by pay attention people — June 30, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

  8. I’d like Trish to serve on both Council and Board at the same time.

    Comment by Jack — June 30, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

  9. Like attracts like….

    Comment by dave — June 30, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

  10. 4, 5, 6, 8: The City Council probably does represent most Alameda voters, as seen in their respective vote tallies when elected. There is still a vocal (if diminishing) “old guard” in Alameda, however, that tends to see everything in terms of the sanctity of Measure A (Charter Section 26), which is increasingly dysfunctional as a planning/zoning tool.

    No matter who you vote for, please vote for intelligent and capable leaders, not candidates who have clearly demonstrated their inability to function effectively as members of a governing body: we do not need elected leaders of any stripe who cannot work for the good of our entire community and cooperate effectively with both city staff and other elected officials
    when decisions must be made. Principled and well-reasoned opposition is one thing: monkey-wrenching and sabotage disguised as “principle” when the principles and viewpoints are merely contrarian is quite another.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — July 1, 2014 @ 8:01 am

  11. “…we do not need elected leaders of any stripe who cannot work for the good of our entire community…”

    And mother Jon gets to define what’s “good” and who’s included in “entire”…

    Comment by Jack — July 1, 2014 @ 9:44 am

  12. Well Lauren you were close about your speculation about School Board member Trish Spencer. Rather than run for City Council, she has pulled papers for Mayor. She has until Thursday to file the papers.

    Comment by Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonAUSD) — August 4, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

  13. Leland AND Trish running for mayor? All we need now is a clown car!

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — August 4, 2014 @ 9:04 pm

  14. Interesting ruling which could impact city elections in the future:

    The article incorrectly states Alameda has district elections.

    Comment by Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonAUSD) — August 21, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

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