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September 15, 2014

I’ve tidied up my point of view, I got a new attitude

Filed under: Alameda, Election, School — Tags: — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

I would highly suggest for anyone on the staff of the Alameda Unified School District that if they want to push through any high controversial issue right now that it is the time to do it.

The reason why?  Because Trish Spencer is running for Mayor she has temporarily turned over a new leaf.  It’s like a completely different Trish Spencer exists and now sits on the School Board.  One that is complimentary of District Staff and encouraging of their work.

I mean, I have never seen this Trish Spencer before, ever.  It’s like someone completely different has taken over her body.  Someone who is running for higher office and doesn’t want to be seen as a cranky contrarian that votes against everything.   She was *gasp* defending District Staff for once instead of saying that she didn’t trust the information that they were presenting.

But what is great about Trish Spencer’s newfound positive attitude about everything that is presented to her from staff is that it leads to great contradictions.  Like during the presentation about the BaySci program which essentially is a program to train teachers through the Lawrence Hall of Science to help teachers better prepare and present scientific materials to students.

Trish Spencer profusely thanked the District Staff member at the conclusion of the presentation and talked about how much this would help teachers and how valuable it was (or something like that).  But she voted AGAINST the program in 2013 when it came before the School Board and was the only member of the School Board to not cast a vote to support the program, but certainly her vote against the program was not something that she flaunted last Tuesday.

Given Trish Spencer’s new attitude if I were District staff I would try to put as much on the agendas from now until November as possible get business done without too much of the typical torturous Trish-process while she is trying to be on her best behavior.



  1. Trish: typically torturous. Rolls off the tounge!

    Comment by ajryan — September 15, 2014 @ 7:26 am

  2. Or is it that she’s just super glad that we have a new superintendent?!

    Comment by A Neighbor — September 15, 2014 @ 9:19 am

  3. I didn’t watch last week. I did catch the tail end of the tweet by tweet and the Alamedan write up. What caught my attention was the vote on the accounting report for last year’s finances. It reported that we spent more than we took in. Trish voted NO (stop the presses!) to accept/acknowledge the report because she objected to the fact that we spent more than we took in.
    Umm…. Isn’t the first step in SOLVING a problem identifying it? Did she think that report was done incorrectly? If the board doesn’t accept the report, does that mean we balanced the budget? Of course, Trish is not interested in solutions, just nihilistic tantrums and protest votes. It is her true nature and she couldn’t hide it even for this one meeting.

    Comment by BMac — September 15, 2014 @ 9:33 am

  4. Except for the fact that she voted against the appointment of the new Superintendent. One would think if she was happy with the new one she would have voted for him to be hired.

    Comment by Lauren Do — September 15, 2014 @ 10:33 am

  5. Really. Is she a legitimate candidate? Even for those who might no totally support Marie, Trish seems like a step so far backwards that it would be detrimental to the many good things that ALL Alamedans support. IF she is a threat, then we all need to rally and make sure Trish does not get elected. She needs to go away for the good of the vast majority of Alameda. And she know is too.

    Comment by jj — September 18, 2014 @ 10:57 pm

  6. I thought the Candidates did a good job last night – but I was very disturbed by much of Trish Spencer’s comments. She recited her usual talking points, but I’m concerned that she doesn’t have a full grasp of the issues. Anybody can recite talking points – but where are her ideas – her creative solutions to solving some of our problems?

    We are in the midst of one of the most robust economic growth periods the Bay Area has seen in decades and Alameda is primed to take full advantage of it. The Bay Area is exploding with opportunity folks – this is not the time to bring out the same old tired talking points – this is the time to bring new creative ideas to the table. But not once did I hear this excitement coming from the Trish side of the room – it looked pretty dismal to me. We heard the same old talk about cutting police and fire ……. and no new housing until we solve the transportation problem….nothing new.

    What I believe is that you take the bull by the horns and become part of the solution! You don’t stop growth because you don’t have all the answers. You pull up your chair, roll up your sleeves and get to work coming up with solutions. You work with developers, transit specialists, regional planners, local and state agencies, etc. to come up with solutions. Think of where this country would be if we stopped growing because we don’t have all the answers.

    But based on Trish Spencer’s track record on the School Board, I don’t have confidence that she has the tools to work with people to find solutions. Trish seems to believe the only way to solve a problem is to simply vote “No”.

    In reading her Candidate Statement – here’s a couple of things that caught my eye:

    “I’m concerned that Alameda Point will be over-developed with buildings. While I appreciate advocacy to increase people riding their bikes, walking, taking public transportation – unfortunately, sometimes these alternatives are unrealistic”

    Huh??? What is so unrealistic about this goal? Alameda is one of the most desirable cities to walk and bike, and ferry ridership in Alameda is surging. If she can’t behind increasing bike riding, walking and taking public transportation – what is her solution? The Mayor, the City Council, City Staff and the Transportation Commission have done a great job in moving our City forward in this area! If you like parks and open space like Trish claims she does – making Alameda more walkable and bicycle friendly is a no brainer. What better way to enjoy parks and open space than by biking and walking? Can she connect the dots? Apparently not – if she’s so busy reading and reciting her talking points.

    Here’s the other part that is disturbing to me …..

    “I’m concerned that Alameda Point will be over-developed with buildings”.

    Yet she says “My priorities at the Point are commercial/industrial areas, including adaptive reuse of existing buildings, green jobs and other employment with good wages, including the V.A. Clinic (which could attract other medical/research organizations)”.

    I’m confused – aren’t these buildings?

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 19, 2014 @ 6:51 am

  7. Here’s another comment from Trish that concerned me: She says “Alameda doesn’t have enough extra space in schools for new kids. Developers need to fund them”

    Did I hear her that right? Her plan is to ask developers to pay for new schools? But Trish if you stop development – how are you going to ask developers to pay for new schools – and why would they?

    This is what happens when you’re reading talking points!

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 19, 2014 @ 7:08 am

  8. Mayor Gilmore has shown great leadership in her role as Mayor for our City. She has a proven track record, she is a problem solver, and she works well with people. In the years of her leadership, she can point to her many accomplishments, and she is moving us forward.

    I also want to give a shout out to Stewart Chen! At Candidate’s Night last night he was strong, resolute, and clear in his answers — and he said “we are moving forward”.

    I’ve been worried with Lena Tam leaving the Council – what city council member can step in her shoes? She’s been a great City Council member and has given us many years of great service. You can always count on Lena’s ability to articulate the issues well and then provide some solutions to the problem. I always learn more about the issue when she speaks.

    Stewart Chen not only can step in her shoes but he has his own brand – and he shows the kind of excitement I’m looking for in a candidate.

    Folks we need some excitement — these are great times for Alameda and the opportunities for Alameda are abundant!

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 19, 2014 @ 8:38 am

  9. Video of last nights forum plus previous q&A of candidates at at I’ve only watched Trish’s Q&A so far because she is at the top. I agree with Karen about talking points thing. Like she is reading a list, but can she speak contemporaneously? Doesn’t seem like it. Her reference to green jobs was vapid. where’s the beef?

    Comment by MI — September 19, 2014 @ 9:37 am

  10. sorry, audio quality of forum video is brutal. couldn’t hang.

    Comment by MI — September 19, 2014 @ 9:43 am

  11. 9, 10: I just tried the Alamedan/Sun election forum link, too–I could not understand enough of the audio for it to be useful….I hope a transcript or another audio recording might be available. Too bad….

    Comment by Jon Spangler — September 19, 2014 @ 10:12 am

  12. Instead of the live stream, the Alamedan has recorded videos of each individual candidate answering questions.

    Comment by Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonAUSD) — September 19, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

  13. right Mike, reference in 9 was to Trish being top of that series of videos. Just watched the rest. If I knew absolutely nothing of these folks these might be a little help, but over all I’m afraid it seemed like a lot of platitudes. Amazingly the word “vibrant” was only used by three of five between candidates for council and mayor. Spencer took most time, almost twice as much as Gilmore to answer same questions. ready for 12 hour Council meetings?

    Comment by MI — September 20, 2014 @ 11:02 am

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