Blogging Bayport Alameda

September 30, 2014


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

A few years ago I did the whole questionnaire thing for candidates.  Previous years I would just run a Google search and throw up all the information I could find about candidates and let people essentially do their own research.   This year I have decided to scrap the candidate questionnaire thing, because, let’s be real people, how many questionnaires can you read without all the candidates essentially starting to sound the same?

For this years batch of candidates I thought I would try a hybrid of the kitchen sink Google approach and a wiki.  So for the Mayor, City Council and School Board races I would put together a curated list of information that I find about the individual candidates and whoever wants to add more information about the candidate in the comments section would add to the information in an informal wiki style.

So the next few weeks each day will be devoted to a particular candidate.  I haven’t decided if I want to cover the Hospital Board or not, I guess I’ll play that one by ear.

In case you are wondering, I’ll create profiles based on alphabetical order because it’s easy and I don’t have to justify why someone’s name comes before someone else’s.



  1. Channeling WF Buckley, a fun read:

    I genuinely LOL’d more than once.

    Comment by dave — September 30, 2014 @ 6:18 am

  2. I check your blog out but generally do not respond, however, there is one race I think deserves a look JIM MEYERS who is running for the Hospital ‘board brings a level of experience and expertise to an office that we rarely if ever see in a candidate. He is running a low budget (no yard signs etc) campaign but has a website

    ,He has had a 25+ year career running hospitals and improving the health and well being of communities

    He holds a PHD in public health and serves as an Alameda County Public Health Commissioner – ​

    He is a retired Air Force Colonel and has had experience with coordination with Veteran Care which is important as the VA establishes a large regional facility in Alameda He has the knowledge and skill to deal with the new situation with our hospital and its new arrangement and will see that our taxes remain here.

    He is running a very low budget campaign and if you want more information, check out his website

    Comment by Barbara Kahn — September 30, 2014 @ 8:01 am

  3. I know several people who have contacted school board candidate Gary Lym to inquire about the expiration of the Measure A parcel tax and other school finances issues. He has not responded to any of the inquiries. I don’t think this bodes well for his responsiveness to the community. I mean, if he can’t respond to constituents during a campaign when he presumably would be trying to make a good impression, what would he do in office?

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — September 30, 2014 @ 8:59 am

  4. 3: “Thank you, “Irony,” for helping me cross Gary Lym off my list of candidates to consider. The fact that his lawn signs have shown up in tandem with Trish Spencer’s was enough to make me question his candidacy, but if he is not responding to questionnaires or voter inquiries, that’s all she wrote…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — September 30, 2014 @ 9:04 am

  5. Do cover the hospital board. I have heard Jim Meyers speak a couple of times. He is not an incumbent but would add so much that is needed to the board.

    Comment by dbvaughn — September 30, 2014 @ 11:05 am

  6. #2 his campaign is so low key that the website you posted doesn’t even work.

    Comment by notadave — September 30, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

  7. You who like statistics & studies so much =

    Since Alameda Hospital has hitched itself to a system in even worse shape than itself, I don’t know what the “hospital board; needs any more. Wright Lassiter FAIL;

    Comment by vigi — September 30, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

  8. #6 my mistake not his correct web site is (no “d” after the ph)

    Comment by Barbara Kahn — September 30, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

  9. #6 (and any other interested folks) Here’s the correct link to the Meyers website…..

    Comment by Anni Chapman — September 30, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

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