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October 2, 2014

Mayor Candidate profile 2 of 2: Trish Spencer

Filed under: Alameda, City Council, Election — Tags: — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

Trish Spencer is a School Board member in year two of her second term.  Her campaign website is located here.  All of my posts about Trish Spencer can be found here.  Her Q&A from two years ago from the School Board campaign can be found here.

I’m going to post you the only link you’ll ever need if you don’t know anything about Trish Spencer and her record on the School Board:  TrishTruth.  You’re welcome.

Here is the flyer that Trish Spencer passed out at the Alameda Democratic Club meeting where she lost the endorsement to Marie Gilmore.  Note that she cites volunteering at the “snack shack” and hosting a foreign exchange student in her list of accomplishments.  And her “relevant experience” for you to vote for her as Mayor is that she raised kids and her kids went/go to college.

She actively supported Stewart Chen two years ago (probably will not this year) and touted that relationship when trying to secure the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus endorsement.  And touted it again when trying to secure the endorsement this year.

Her candidate statement (the stuff that will be printed in the voter guide) is:

Occupation: Attorney, Community Volunteer, Environmental and Children’s Advocate, currently serving as Alameda Unified School District Board Member

My education and qualifications are: B.A. (Sociology), U.C. Berkeley; Juris Doctor, Western State University. Masters in Governance, CSBA. Former Co-Chair Alameda Collaborative (35+ organizations), Alameda PTA Council President, and Substitute Teacher. I have raised four children in Alameda. I am the voice of reason on Alameda’s school board, putting children first. Too many City leaders’ decisions are driven by special interests, ignoring citizens’ best interests. Thousands of new homes have been approved without addressing infrastructure and transportation needs. I collected signatures to protect our golf course and Crab Cove. I signed the ballot argument against SunCal. I rejected City leaders’ multi-million dollar land “swap” with AUSD, done secretly without appraisals to maximize developer profits over our children’s future. As mayor, I will chart a new course for Alameda, putting citizens first. I will work to ensure Alameda does its best to serve all residents: protect parklands and reasonable development (avoiding traffic gridlock and overcrowded schools); promote local business; attract new jobs; support schools; manage City’s budget; and, ensure fiscal transparency. I am a dedicated, compassionate, detail-oriented leader, welcoming public input. Together, we will tackle the quality of life issues and fiscal challenges facing us. The time is now! Thank you for your vote.

Apparently Trish Spencer doesn’t believe in line breaks…

Add to the wiki but if you do make sure that you reference it with a link.  There are various questionnaires floating out there with varying levels of readability. You can start with those if you like.



  1. Nothing to see here. JD from Western State says it all.

    Comment by Real Homeowners of the the Gold Coast — October 2, 2014 @ 8:20 am

  2. 1. in the Sun Q&A her response to what qualifies you to be mayor almost immediately includes “my daughter goes to Harvard”. I’m more inclined to want to know if she passed the bar on first pass, but even then it took John John Kennedy three tries. CA bar is not easy. She has always made a big deal of being a lawyer, but I know people who graduated JFK law school because they had to go part time. Western web site is not overwhelmingly impressive, but I’m not entirely sure how to take that. Trish did have 4 kids and it doesn’t say when she got that degree. I think her service on BOE says more.

    Comment by MI — October 2, 2014 @ 9:15 am

  3. I guess Trish’s pointing out that her daughter is Ivy-League smart is meant to reassure voters that Trish really can’t be as dumb as her actions suggest. You know, genes and all.

    Comment by BC — October 2, 2014 @ 10:21 am

  4. I noticed Trish and a friend this morning with signs just before the entrance to Posey tube, that read “Sick of Traffic?” with Trish for Mayor. It would be interesting to hear how she plans to alleviate traffic. My guess is that her plan to alleviate traffic is to oppose development.

    Comment by AJ — October 2, 2014 @ 11:32 am

  5. I have watched her for several years on the school board, and also been to a few meetings. Her performance on that board alone would lead me to believe it would be a complete disaster to see her as Mayor. She is the most disruptive person I have seen on any board or council seat.

    Comment by John P. — October 2, 2014 @ 11:56 am

  6. 3 guess she has never heard of recessive genes.

    Comment by MI — October 2, 2014 @ 11:57 am

  7. 1, 4, and 3 LOL. 5, totally agree. I would vote for her and put a yard sign up if Trish pledged to resign from the school board. It would be a minor risk worth taking.

    Comment by platicar — October 2, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

  8. #4 I hate when they put up lawn signs on public property. I not saying it doesn’t happen but someone running for office shouldn’t be doing whether it be Trish, Marie or any other person running for office . I hate it when you see political signs where they shouldn’t be. Put them in your yard and take them down after the election.

    Comment by Joseph — October 2, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

  9. I just don’t see the level of experience in Trish’s background that could take on what is needed in City Hall right now. It would simply seem too big of a job for her. Maybe in four years if she would become a council member, but certainly not now. Marie has worked her way up and through years of city programs and issues and in almost all cases, has done Alameda proud. Lets not change horses mid-stream.

    Comment by Bill — October 2, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

  10. #9, Bill couldn’t have said it better.

    Comment by Joseph — October 2, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

  11. Eh, #7. This is not a minor risk. Would be disastrous. As painful as it may be, let her finish her school board term. I would hope (expect) her union support won’t be there this time around, and her credibility further damaged after losing the race for mayor. City hall will revolt and there be mass exodus. While this may make some happy, it won’t be cheap and will ultimately cost the City more than the AMG tenure…in dollars and lost opportunity. This City is much better off than it was 3-4 years ago.

    Comment by jj — October 2, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

  12. “City hall will revolt and there be mass exodus.”

    Might be best thing to ever happen to this City

    Comment by Who Knows — October 2, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

  13. The Alamedan also has an interesting right up about Trish today. Apparently Trish is not responding to reporter’s request to discuss her reasons for her no votes.

    Some of her No votes have been very controversial. One of her controversial No votes was against anti-bullying lessons intended to protect gay youth and their families. Why would anybody vote No against bullying?

    Another No Vote was on the new Bond Measure to improve school facilities. The San Francisco Business Times ranked Alameda one of the Top Ten Schools for scores in 2014. We were right up there with Piedmont (ranked number 1), Palo Alto (ranked number 2), and Danville (ranked number 3). Pleasanton, Dublin, and Fremont were also in the top ten. Alameda was ranked number 10. We should be building on this recognition – not going backwards.

    It would be good to understand her logic behind her “No” voting record.

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 2, 2014 @ 8:08 pm

  14. If you want to witness Bullying….Just watch our present Mayor and City Manager at City Council Meetings..If someone wants to say something contrary to their prejudged opinions…..Get ready for tomatoes from the Mt Rushmore of Narcissistic D Bags at the alter ready to unload….I guess we want more of this type decorum.

    Comment by Get ready for more tomatoes — October 2, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

  15. Sorry, there’s a big difference in the Mayor and City Manager asking follow up questions and a vote “No” to protect gay school children from bullying.

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 2, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

  16. #14 – I also feel like you’re missing the point. You’re talking personality and I’m talking “big picture issues” like the school bond measure, and transportation planning, and working with planners and developers to solve regional problems that every Bay Area city is grappling with. Trish needs to answer questions about her voting record and tell us what her solutions are. All we have to go on is her “Just Say No” voting record — and that isn’t cutting it.

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 2, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

  17. The only person I have seen from watching School Board Meetings protecting and watching out for the Kids and Their Parents needs has been Spencer…..The Rest are all out to take Care of the Administrators, Teachers and Staff…..She always asks the tough questions that no one wants to address…She is asking these questions for the parents and kids and always gets bullied…..I think she is huge asset to City.

    Comment by huge asset to City — October 2, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

  18. 16…… “I also feel like you’re missing the point.” “big picture issues”

    The Big Point is We are almost 900 Million Dollars in Debt….We still are giving raises to our employees and sacrificing our City Assets and Quality of life in Alameda to Keep this Unsustainable Money Grab…

    Comment by Get ready for more tomatoes — October 2, 2014 @ 10:12 pm

  19. #17 – I understand that you believe that and I respect your views, but usually when one represents themselves as being a huge asset — they are not afraid to lay out their vision, or to explain how they would solve some of the problems we face, or to answer questions about their voting record. We need to be able to catch up to her vision and understand how she gets us there.

    For one, Trish said she’s concerned that the Point will be overdeveloped with too many buildings – yet her priority is job creation. I would like to hear her vision on how she would fund the required infrastructure it will take to attract companies to Alameda Point?

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 2, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

  20. #18 – This debt was several decades (multiple administrations) in the making and it’s going to take some time to get us out of debt — and what is Trish’s plan to solve the debt problem? I haven’t heard her lay out that vision either. Voting No on everything doesn’t mean she has a better plan.

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 2, 2014 @ 10:40 pm

  21. Present Mayor has done Nothing to Address Debt……She has been on Council since 2003 and Mayor since 2010….Her backers don’t want any change…..Status quo…….Keep Kicking can…..Not Impressed at all with her handling of residents and demeanor and totally lacks Attentiveness, Courtesy.,Civility , and Grace when dealing with residents concerns…. I feel great empathy for anyone having to face her in council meetings…. Spencer is authentic and you might not like that but it’s a breathe of fresh air.

    Comment by Tired of the Act — October 2, 2014 @ 10:53 pm

  22. The Mindset of it will take a long time is BS……. If you think it will take a long time and keep spewing that rhetoric …..We would still be getting ICE delivered to our homes to keep the food cold..

    We need fresh mindsets and not the same status quo that has got us in this predicament…

    Comment by Time for a Change — October 2, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

  23. The devil or the deep blue sea? The people of Alameda deserve so much better than either one can deliver. Disappointing choices. Where’s Kenny the Clown when we need him?

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 3, 2014 @ 7:39 am

  24. BTW, it’s a saying. I am not suggesting that either one of the candidates is the devil or the deep blue sea so please, spare me your righteous indignation. Most of you understand this, so I apologize if the clarification offends you. It’s for the clueless among us.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 3, 2014 @ 7:41 am

  25. sorry but no one has answered the question, “WHY DO YOU ALWAYS VOTE NO ON EVERYTHING”???

    ” WHAT ARE YOUR SOLUTIONS”??? post 17, 18, 21, 22. you sound like the same person.

    Comment by John P. — October 3, 2014 @ 7:59 am

  26. I agree with 25. Your Comment by who line is always a subject not revealing who you are. You could be Trish Spenser? Same as #12…it is not a comment by who, it is a subject so why should we take any of your comments seriously. I have been guilty once in the past so I won’t do it anymore. I hate being called Joseph, so I am going by nick name Jake for now on.

    No matter what you are going to say you will do as a candidate it doesn’t do any good if you don’t say how. The Mayor has been shown us how where as Trish just say what she would like to happens but as 25 points out “what are your solutions”.

    Comment by Jake — October 3, 2014 @ 9:11 am

  27. Rent increases and the potential exodus of middle-low income folks who cant afford to live here much longer are going to be a significant issue in the coming year? So how does Trish view the situation? From her responses to the Alamedan:
    “A quick review of that site(rent advisory committee) shows that the committee last met in July and meetings in August and September were cancelled. Thus, it appears that the complaints were resolved, and hearings weren’t required, which suggests the site’s contention that the committee has served as an effective alternative to rent control is accurate.

    Another interesting observation is that there are only minutes for March and April of 2014 posted and audio of April and June posted.”

    In other words if they didn’t meet or post minutes, there isn’t a rent problem in Alameda. That’s the extent of her analysis of this issue? Scary stuff. For those of you that loved her on the school board, you should be writing her and telling her to stay there, instead of abandoning you.

    Comment by notadave — October 3, 2014 @ 9:53 am

  28. I actually only have one more questions for Trish. How many Counsel meetings have you attended in the last year, last few months?

    Comment by Jake — October 3, 2014 @ 10:13 am

  29. #28 How many many meetings anyone actually attends does not prove anything. Many people watch the meetings on television.

    Comment by A Neighbor — October 3, 2014 @ 11:00 am

  30. John P., you must be either too old or too rich to care about the cost of new taxes. It’s about time someone asked why You say Yes to everything the City comes up with!

    Comment by vigi — October 3, 2014 @ 11:53 am

  31. Virgi if your son or Daughter worked for Fire Department you would be doing same thing…..

    the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.
    synonyms: favoritism, preferential treatment, the old boy network, looking after one’s own, bias, partiality, partisanship
    “hiring my daughter was not nepotism—it was just good business”

    Comment by Never Ask Why — October 4, 2014 @ 10:56 am

  32. post #30, Vigi, I’m definatly old, however unlike you who live on Grand St. I could only afford to live in the West End. I don’t say yes to everything the city comes up with, just most of it. Especially when its for the good of the most people. You however who grew up as a wealthy conservative would naturally not care much about other’s, after all its all about you. sincerely, John P. (liberal)

    Comment by John P. — October 4, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

  33. Funny thing at Otis today…Trish tried to say ‘yeah for Otis, my kids went here’ and get a response from the crowd. Dead silence….except for the crickets chirping. Ouch. Parents at this school are in the know, and they know Trish is full of BS.

    Comment by Ouch! — October 8, 2014 @ 10:29 pm

  34. I was just looking at Trish’s endorsements and noted that she proudly touts that she has been endorsed by Aiesha Balde — she who sued the school district to stop the anti-gay bullying curriculum AND against whom the City of Oakland obtained at $15 million+ judgment for defrauding immigrants. Go Trish!

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — October 21, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

  35. Has Trish stated what she’ll do if she wins the mayoral race? Will she resign from the school board?

    Comment by dave — October 22, 2014 @ 10:12 am

  36. I think this topic came up when someone ran for both School Board and City Council at the same time (Something Boone, I believe). If I remember correctly someone told me when recounting the story of this (before my time here) that you can’t sit on both bodies at the same time so you would have to resign from one.

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 22, 2014 @ 10:23 am

  37. #36: Like when you run for State Assembly while sitting on City Council?

    #32: “who grew up as a wealthy conservative???” JP, you definitely have me confused with someone else! My dad was a journeyman plumber, Plumbers & Gasfitters Union Local 444. That Union Local awarded me a scholarship to attend Cal Berkeley, which made my dad very proud, since he never finished college after joining the Navy in WW2. My dad was stationed in Okinawa when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. Then he had to ride around Formosa on a minesweeper, disposing of what the enemy left behind.

    My grandfather, also a plumber like his father, dropped out of St. Liz at 14, to make his fortune, while prizefighting at Neptune Beach under the name “Frankie Waldorf”.

    This is apropos of nothing, I know; but I had to disabuse Mr. Pizzi of his misapprehensions.

    The closest my dad ever came to brushing up against wealth was installing the bidet in Henry J. Kaiser’s executive washroom in the Kaiser Center [1960s].

    Comment by vigi — October 22, 2014 @ 11:03 am

  38. Rob Bonta resigned his seat on the City Council before taking his Assembly seat. That’s why I wrote “you can’t sit on both bodies at the same time” and not “you can’t run for office while holding another office.”

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 22, 2014 @ 11:16 am

  39. May I Hold Two Public Positions?

    The Political Reform Act does not prohibit you from holding multiple public positions, either within a single agency or different agencies.2 In addition, there are no provisions of the Act which preclude you from seeking more than one elective office in a single election, or from serving in more than one elective office at any one time. (See Incompatible Offices, below.) For example, a firefighter may be elected to a fire protection district, or a parks and recreation board member may also be elected to a water district.

    Comment by Jack Richard — October 22, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

  40. Gov Code section 1099

    (a) A public officer, including, but not limited to, an appointed or elected member of a governmental board, commission,
    committee, or other body, shall not simultaneously hold two public offices that are incompatible. Offices are incompatible when any of the following circumstances are present…

    (2) Based on the powers and jurisdiction of the offices, there is a possibility of a significant clash of duties or loyalties between the offices.
    (3) Public policy considerations make it improper for one person to hold both offices.

    I guess Trish Spencer could test the waters if her campaign is successful and see if she could pass the smell test with the Attorney General’s office that holding both positions is not incompatible.

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 22, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

  41. Since her answer to the question whether she would (1) step down from the school board if elected Mayor or (2) try to serve on two goverment entities with conflicting interests at least some of the time could be a relevant consideration to voters with a wide range of views, why doesn’t someone just ask Trish what she’d do and then post the answer here?

    Comment by Why Not Ask Trish? — October 22, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

  42. What’s more conflicting ……Employees Unions backing a group of candidates that kowtow to their every whim while residents watch city assets decay like our Streets, Parks, buildings, and services are cut and fees skyrocket to meet their unsustainable compensations……

    Comment by Three Card Gilmore and Gang — October 22, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

  43. This shouldn’t be an issue. Trish should just issue a statement that, if elected Mayor, she would devote herself fully to that important role and would step down from the board.

    No one should serve simultaneously on the city council and the school board. Each role is a massive time commitment and those the city and school district to have different interests that sometimes conflict.

    Comment by Why Not Ask Trish? — October 22, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

  44. The amount of time she’s spending on the mayoral campaign must surely be diluting & degrading her work for the school district. If she’s planning to resign anyway, as she’ll almost certainly have to, and if her running for mayor can be construed as a weakened commitment to AUSD, perhaps she should resign immediately and focus on the mayoral race.

    Comment by dave — October 22, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

  45. Trish does more work in one day attending to School’s and School District than all the School Board Members combined when meeting with Residents and actually listening to what they have to say and their needs…..This really must come to a End……Dave you are right……

    Comment by No Listening This must come to an end — October 22, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

  46. 43

    You want to Frame Everything.

    If you take money from City Unions you can’t Vote on anything regarding their compensation..

    How would that work.

    Comment by Frame It Like This — October 22, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

  47. Trish Spencer was actively supported (monetarily and through boots on the ground) by the Teachers Union for her re-election to the School Board. She later voted — in one of her few “yes” votes — to give teachers a raise. Are you holding Trish Spencer to the same standard that you hold others?

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 22, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

  48. Absolutely…….

    I think everyone running for office should list their supporters and backers and Why and How they benefit monetarily.

    We support the Present Mayor and Dr Chen because we Receive an Average of 200,000 per year in Total Compensation and have a equivalent of 4 -8 Million pension we need to protect. We require the City to match 42% of our wages to be put into our pension. We don’t mind charging people to sit in parks to BBQ and Cut all Park Programs for Kids as long as you have our money. Please feel free to triple our building permits, fees and Parking tickets to ensure this… It won’t effect the business in town or the quality of life for the residents. Don’t worry about those pesky pools for the kids or the potholes in all the streets. We are the Heroes in Town.

    Comment by Frame It Like This — October 22, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

  49. So, what *are* Trish’s intentions with respect to her position on the school board if she is elected Mayor? Would she step down from the school board to focus as Mayor on the many issues facing the City or would she try to do both city and school board business? Some want her to try to do both. Some want her to neither. Some may want her to do one or the other.

    She should be transparent about her intentions. Voters have a right to know. Now.

    Comment by Why Not Ask Trish? — October 22, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

  50. Well like I said before, you can debate all this B.S. until the cows come home, but I’m voting for someone who is sane. MARIE GLIMORE.

    Comment by John P. — October 22, 2014 @ 6:04 pm

  51. 49)

    What is the Motivation and undue influence on Why the Present Mayor and Dr Chen are accepting Monies from her Supporters…Trish is out talking to people and getting their feel for what’s going on……I know it’s not as sexy as pole dancing at the Firehouse. ,,But they make it Rain when it comes to donations..Ever wonder why?

    Comment by Frame It Like This — October 22, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

  52. There are no sane Democrats, unfortunately there are nothing but Democrats on the ticket so the proper strategy is to vote for the worst one for each office.

    Comment by jarfree — October 22, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

  53. 49)

    You type like one of the raving lunatics from AEA that was ranting and bullying the School board at the School Board Meeting by Passing out Coal to the School Board and Ranting like a Jerry Springer Fangirl.

    Comment by Frame It Like This — October 22, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

  54. Today my granddaughter came home proudly wearing her badge that said: Stand Up – Speak Out – End Bullying! She watched a documentary about bullying, and the kids did role playing so they could see the impact that bullying has on it’s victims. They also learned what do do if they find themselves being bullied, or a fellow student is being bullied. The training she received today caused her to be reflective and more compassionate, and gave her some tools to help stop bullying if she ever was a victim or saw someone being bullied.

    Trish Spencer voted “No” on anti bullying training.

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 22, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

  55. i believe Trish voted “no” because she wanted to be more inclusive that it was written.

    She is definitely anti-bullying where both children and adults speaking at city council meetings are concerned.

    Comment by A Neighbor — October 22, 2014 @ 10:57 pm

  56. #48 Right on, bro!

    Comment by A Neighbor — October 22, 2014 @ 10:59 pm

  57. Good attempt at trying to spin Trish Spencer’s record against anti-bullying curriculum into something positive, but the record speaks for itself:

    While at first, Trish Spencer declared that only curriculum that “goes to reducing bullying against all of our students and enumerating the six protected classes: religion, gender, LGBT, disability, race, ethnicity… ” would be appropriate for Alameda. When the school district pulled together a committee to create that particular curriculum, Trish Spencer immediately flopped to the other side declaring that only a generic, off the rack curriculum was necessary for Alameda students.

    Trish Spencer also was an ally to the Pacific Justice Institute plaintiffs that sued the Alameda Unified School District in order to force an opt-out option for students and parents that didn’t want to be subject to the anti-bullying curriculum. She even suggested (and made a motion) at a School Board meeting that because there was the existence of this lawsuit that the curriculum be suspended until the matter was settled.

    In fact, the only consistent thing about Trish Spencer’s position on the LGBT curriculum was her insistence on impeding the implementation of the curriculum and the Associated Press story about the issue noted about Trish Spencer:

    “This has torn apart our community,” said school trustee Trish Herrera Spencer, the board member most opposed to the gay curriculum and who opposed adding the supplemental books. She said the board’s latest action did not take into consideration “the strong beliefs” of all in the community. [emphasis added]

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 23, 2014 @ 5:41 am

  58. In the meantime hundreds maybe thousands of our children were suicidal, and some committed suicide because they felt they had no one to protect them from bullies – and Trish said wait, let the courts decide.

    Children look to us to protect them and Trish failed them by voting “No”.

    As an advocate for all children – I find Trish Spencer’s actions appalling!

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 23, 2014 @ 6:32 am

  59. Lauren, thanks for going back and getting this information. This is what started me on the war path against Trish Spencer. Her ties to the Pacific Justice Institute shocked me back when this was first an issue. I could not believe that a school board member could agree with or want to be associated with this type of group.

    This is not what I expect of a school board member or a council person. If she were mayor would she tell the LGBT folks that they didn’t have a place in our community?.

    Comment by John P. — October 23, 2014 @ 9:49 am

  60. As an advocate for all people who have been bullied, I find Karen Bey’s comments appalling! Bullying has been happening since the days of the one-room schoolhouse. It is by no means limited to LGBT youth. Many people who were bullied as a result of being different for other reasons greatly resent the concept of bullying being co-opted by the LGBT community.

    Nowadays, if you are a kid being bullied, and you are not LGBT, you have no advocacy.

    Comment by vigi — October 23, 2014 @ 10:43 am

  61. 60

    No advocacy?

    That may be the case in VIgi-land, but in both AUSD and Reality, that is not the case at all.

    Comment by dave — October 23, 2014 @ 11:53 am

  62. The anti-Trish hysteria on this blog is a clear case of mobbing. Which is bullying by a group, at least that’s what Wiki calls it.

    Comment by Jack — October 23, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

  63. 60. that is horse shit about other types of bullying having no advocacy, plain and simple. LBGT has simply jumped to the fore because the whole coming out of LBGT in general, but the fact is that the most common insult of any nerdy or geeky male in grade school has always been ” you faggot!” and if the object of the taunt is actually gay it’s double down. Nobody can account for what appalls others but your claiming to be appalled by Karen’s comments smacks of the same kind of disingenuous arguments proffered by Trish when in my opinion her real motive was her own conservative religious morality, but of course we don’t want to be accused of bullying her for religious views so we are stuck in politically correct limbo. But I think a person’s basic humanity trumps anothers belief system, especially when it is a construct.

    Vigi, you can make some pretty good observations when you want to and believe it or not I’m always ready to read your comments before being dismissive but then you can be so predictably knee jerk and absurd that it’s laughable. I think you are too smart to actually believe what you’ve written in 60 but your curmudgeon streak has gotten the best of you. Odd you consider yourself an “advocate for all people who have been bullied” since your tone and comments so often lean in that direction.

    Comment by MI — October 23, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

  64. Vigi, I look at anybody being bullied as wrong, you and Trish seem to feel that if we try to protect the LGBT children we are co-oping the issue. vigi, your last sentence is just plain ignorant.

    Comment by John P. — October 23, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

  65. 62, Jack it is impossible to Bully a politician when criticizing them on an issue.

    Comment by John P. — October 23, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

  66. Jack is going to speak out against the “bullying” of politicians when people criticize their record. You’ll probably need a catchy hash tag for that.

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 23, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

  67. #Dohavinganotherbadhairdayandthesunalsocameup

    Comment by #DoWaterboardsTrishDailynoneedforpools — October 23, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

  68. Even though one person commenting here seems to think it’s a horrible question, it seems to be an important, relavant question for any undecided voters to have answered before they vote: What are Trish’s intentions with respect to her position on the school board if she is elected Mayor? Would she step down from the school board to focus as Mayor on the many issues facing the city or would she try to do both city and school board business?

    Anyone have any idea?

    Comment by Why Not Ask Trish? — October 23, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

  69. Misogynistic hashtags are so awesome, did you forget about referencing my menstrual cycle in your attempt to be clever?

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 23, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

  70. 49) 68)

    Your not voting for her what does it matter….Why didn’t you answer this……What is the Motivation and undue influence on Why the Present Mayor and Dr Chen are accepting Monies from her Supporters…Trish is out talking to people and getting their feel for what’s going on……I know it’s not as sexy as pole dancing at the Firehouse. ,,But they make it Rain when it comes to donations..Ever wonder why?

    Comment by Frame It Like This — October 23, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

  71. Come on John, LD and her synchophants have been hacking lungers at Trish since she entered the spotlight.

    Comment by jack — October 23, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

  72. Yes Jack, and it is because we don’t agree with any of her positions or no votes.

    Comment by John P. — October 23, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

  73. You say ‘we’ John, but when I mention Bogging Alameda to most people on the west end side of the island they cringe. Course I only mingle with west side Realists, aka dave thinkalikes.

    Comment by jack — October 23, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

  74. Never seen you at a meeting, Jack.

    Comment by dave — October 23, 2014 @ 7:41 pm

  75. Oh, I been there!

    Comment by jack — October 23, 2014 @ 7:42 pm

  76. When’s the last time you tasted the Hanger, or the Wall or Faction dave? That’s where the meetings are.

    Comment by jack — October 23, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

  77. Thing Is, and John knows this as well, these places neither the present Mayor nor her Doness would humble themselves to frequent but Trish would have a ball at each and all.

    Comment by jack — October 23, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

  78. So. if she wins, would Trish do the right thing and devote herself fully to being Mayor or be irresponsible and try to do the impossible of serving as Mayor and on the school board at the same time? Why won’t she or someone close to her tell us?

    Comment by Why Not Ask Trish? — October 23, 2014 @ 9:38 pm

  79. The city manager duh runs the city. The Mayor is nothing more than a ceremonial position…like the impossible job of cutting ribbons after the city manager builds a new hamburger palace. All the school board does is rubber stamp, except for Trish, what the teacher Unions want. A blind mouse could hold both positions and feed on the fat cats at the same time.

    Comment by jack — October 23, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

  80. The Mayor is nothing more than a ceremonial position…like the impossible job of cutting ribbons after the city manager builds a new hamburger palace.

    Hmm, if that’s true then why quote Trish Spencer’s “platform” for development as a reason to against Marie Gilmore? After all, your only criteria seems to be whether or not she can giggle it up with the “geezers” at the Auto Show. Perhaps we should have a pageant instead of an election?

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 24, 2014 @ 5:46 am

  81. I saw Trish campaigning at the Webster st. Farmers market this morning. I asked her if she won this thing would she step down from the school board? She nodded her head yes.

    Comment by Alan P. — October 25, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

  82. Thanks for the information.

    Comment by Why Not Ask Trish? — October 25, 2014 @ 3:35 pm

  83. I know what John P. & Mark Irons look like, & it is safe to say they were both cool kids in school. Neither one of you was bullied, so don’t tell me you know anything about the subject other than what you read. In fact, you two are exactly the kind of kids who bullied ME in elementary & high school. It never ends.

    Fortunately, being bullied can inspire one to higher achievement. Like Trish.

    Comment by vigi — October 26, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

  84. So, vigi your saying you can tell a bully by how that person looks?? that’s pretty good.

    Comment by John P. — October 26, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

  85. I’m just going to leave this article right here with this excerpt:

    They address that countless papers have recently been written claiming that people can reliably judge a variety of traits and characteristics from facial morphology alone, arguing that a critical reexamination of the methods and findings in many of these studies paint a much less favorable picture. Though in that review, the team concedes that some of these structural cues “could have a kernel of truth,” they are largely a judgmental illusion.

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 27, 2014 @ 6:03 am

  86. You just stepped in it this time, vigi…..Making that kind of assumption about anybody is foolish enough, but you have really pissed me off. I went to a working class elementary school in the shadow of a steel mill where the snow had a patina of soot after two days and it stank like rotten eggs from the coking. There were PLENTY of bullies on the playground. It was Dickensian. Later in middle and high school where the mix of kids was a little more affluent, but still very blue collar, I grew my hair long and had to endure a lot of bullying, particularly in phys ed where the instructor ( also football coach) wouldn’t step in. There was verbal harassment during class, but in the locker room it got physical until one day I realized my rights and threatened a kid with assault charges. That ended the physical abuse. A big reason I harbor so much hostility for people like you is all the shit I had to eat back then. I’m done taking crap from assholes, so much so it’s lucky I haven’t been shot or killed by some road rage case. It’s that very chip on my shoulder that motivated me to verbally confront Alameda’s neighborhood bully about his slimy attempt to mischaracterize a group of parcel tax supporters he had filmed speaking to Council at city hall.

    Comment by MI — October 27, 2014 @ 11:38 am

  87. really vigi, you just extinguished any smidgeon of empathy I had for you.

    Comment by MI — October 27, 2014 @ 11:41 am

  88. Dickens’ bullies were rich bullying over poor. Doubt there were rich kids bullying poor Oliver Mark in his po folk school.

    Comment by jack — October 27, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

  89. So what Jack. LIke that would make a difference to a second grader being shoved and taunted? The images in my head of the physical setting of my “po folk school” are Dickensian. Dirty brick and literally black snow and the janitor burned all the garbage on site in a three sided cinder block structure which I’m sure added even more carcinogens to the air. The smells of that place are what I remember most clearly. Emotionally it seems accurate, but the reality wasn’t quite Medieval. But you really need to pick nits here? Bullying is bullying, especially to s small child. My recollection of Dickens in general are chaotic ghettos and pecking orders among the slum dwellers, even though key characters may have been Dickens villianous rich meany. No matter. Adults in that era could be pretty clueless about how kids were treating each other. A general feeling of a lack of security pervaded when getting to and from school. LOTS of teasing which seems to proliferate among the ignorant. If those were the general conditions for Alameda schools today, parents would be in an uproar.

    Comment by MI — October 28, 2014 @ 10:03 am

  90. You showed ’em though, “I realized my rights and threatened a kid with assault charges.” That’s the funniest thing I’ve read for ages. In my elementary school in Brush Colorado, if a kid said that he’d a been laughed (and pounded) off the playground. By the way I was bullied from the time I could walk until till I played High School football. The bully was my older brother (Other kids didn’t bother me because I was Scott’s younger bud). He bullied me until he found out I was the only one on the football team that could catch his passes…he was the quarterback. I showed him though, I bullied my younger brother, and had a great time doing it.

    Comment by jack — October 28, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

  91. I would never vote against an anti-bullying campaign but I imagine it will have about as much impact as “Just Say No to Drugs” did. Thinking about a friend whose daughter won the DARE award in grade school and now, at 31, is battling an oxycontin addiction, courtesy of Big Pharma, in the aftermath of traffic accident injuries. You can’t educate kids in school to be morally upright. They have to learn that at home and even that is no guarantee. We all know perfectly lovely parents whose kid is mean as a snake.

    Kids get bullied, always have, and always will. The way to stop it is with consequences. It’s the teachers, coaches, and parents that look the other way,or make excuses like the bullied kid needs to “toughen up” or “not be so sensitive” who need the extra schooling. The kids know what they are doing is wrong. It’s when the adults let them get away with it that they are empowered to keep doing it.

    I think Trish has most of her support from the two unsuccessful “no” votes she cast in the wake of the voters giving the school district more money in spite of a very tough economy at the time: Vital’s benefits package increase and moving the administrative offices. Both of these ill-timed moves enraged the voters and will make it very difficult to get another cent out of them in the near future. This is not enough for most people to elect her mayor, but it did endear her to many in the community who felt suckered when they cast their vote “for the kids.”

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 28, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

  92. Denise, on bullying I think there is a tipping point and we have passed it. The conversation has been pushed to the center stage and there is no going back. Of course bullying will continue but to shrug it off is like saying, “Oh, date rape, it’s just part of the college experience, nothing”. Adults do need to be held to account to as do institutions.

    On the parcel taxes nobody was suckered. The funds were needed and they have been spent accordingly. Vital’s raises were tone deaf and they were a smack in the face to all of us, but also a drop in the bucket in terms of impact on the budget. Schools need repair and if you don’t want to pass a bond you had better be ready to offer some creative alternatives. When Trish returns to BOE from failed run for mayor do you think she will put up an alternative or shut up? of course not. She will continue to drone on and make us all wait while she chases her tail.

    Comment by MI — October 28, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

  93. As I remember, the primary objection to the anti-bullying curriculum was the acknowledgement that some kids might have gay parents or that kids might be gay. The very mention of someone being gay was a huge part of what Spencer was objecting to.

    If Spencer and her other anti-gay allies had won, the message to teachers and administrators in the Alameda schools would have been very clear. Don’t acknowledge the existence of gay people. Don’t use the word “gay.”
    Don’t expect the school district to back you up if you stand up for a gay kid or a kid that has gay parents.

    Spencer is the highest profile anti-gay politician in Alameda. It really is amazing to me that she has been able to do as well as she has given her baggage. The bigger part of that scandal is the Alameda teachers union and the Alameda County Democratic Party who worked hard to white wash her ugly past and buy her vote on the teachers contract.

    People are who they are. If she is able to maintain her lead (current’y around 58 votes) and becomes mayor, I think that Trish will be Trish. I don’t think that the spotlight is going to be kind to Spencer. It will be interesting, definitely annoying and perhaps infuriating to have Spencer on the city council. But if she wins we get what we deserve.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if she did something that triggered a recall campaign.

    Comment by John B — November 8, 2014 @ 11:26 pm

  94. 93. but Leiand Tremain if BFFof Trish, so what you say cannot be true.

    Comment by MI — November 9, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

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