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October 3, 2014

Mayoral candidates side by side

Filed under: Alameda, City Council, Election — Tags: — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Just a quick side by side comparison of the two Alamedans vying to be your Mayor:

Marie Gilmore Trish Spencer
Current office held Mayor School Board
Education (Undergraduate) Stanford UC Berkeley
Education (Graduate) UC Berkeley,
Boalt School of Law
Western State University
Number of kids 2 4
Relevant City
volunteer experience
Former City Council member
Former Planning Board member
Former Rec and Park Commissioner
Former Alameda PTA Council president
Correctly identified top 3
Asian ethnic groups in Alameda?
The answer is Chinese (14.3%),
Filipino (7.2%) and Vietnamese (3.5%)
Yes No


  1. Looks like Marie Googles better than Trish!

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 3, 2014 @ 7:29 am

  2. looks like Marie pays more attention to who actually lives here.

    Comment by John P. — October 3, 2014 @ 7:43 am

  3. Understanding that Developer impact fees include funding for schools at a rate set by the School Board:
    Marie Gilmore – Mayor: Yes
    Trish Spencer – School Board member: No

    Comment by jkw — October 3, 2014 @ 8:56 am

  4. Shops where the “people” shop, get out to street fairs and other civic functions on her own time and actually talks and communicates with Alameda residents.
    Spencer: Yes
    Gilmore: No

    Looks at a person as a whole person, not just an ethic group based on appearance.
    Spencer: No
    Gilmore: Yes

    Looks bored and irritated and annoyed while listening to people speak at meetings.
    Spencer: No
    Gilmore: Very much a yes

    Comment by A Neighbor — October 3, 2014 @ 10:54 am

  5. Compare the Candidate Statements in the Sample Ballot. Gilmore’s uses the pronoun “we” to refer to accomplishments during her term, thus taking credit for everyone else’s accomplishments. Spencer’s uses the “I” pronoun, taking full responsibility.

    Gilmore may know statistics, but Trish knows the actual people.

    In twenty years, I have never run into or even seen Gilmore on the street [even St. Charles] or at a local business. [and Gilmore used to live half a block from me on Grand]. I bump into Trish all the time. While I was on the Planning Board with her, Gilmore barely acknowledged my existence. She was distant & aloof.

    Trish is not afraid to dance like a maniac in front of the California Beach Boys at South Shore. She’s a happy, gregarious person.

    Beholden to Developers & Transportation Management special interests = Marie Gilmore and John Knox White

    Comment by vigi — October 3, 2014 @ 11:47 am

  6. As Alameda moves forward with the development of Alameda Point and improving the use of our waterways, having strong relationships and respect from organizations outside our community will prove very important. Mayor Gilmore is a known, respected representative of our community. She serves as President of the Alameda County Mayor’s Conference, is Alameda’s representative on the Alameda County Transportation Commission, serves on the AC Transit Inter-agency Liaison comment and, on the request of Supervisor Wilma Chan, serves as her alternative to the SF Bay Conversation and Development Commission.

    These affiliations reflect the strong support from surrounding organizations and Mayor Gilmore’s dedication to our community.

    Comment by Anne DeBardeleben — October 3, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

  7. They reflect her desire to move up the political chain of command.

    Comment by A Neighbor — October 3, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

  8. That is true Anne. Marie also has access and respect at the state and national level as well, but trish used to run a snack bar, so that means we could start getting popcorn at the meetings. You decide which is more important to our future.

    Comment by notadave — October 3, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

  9. #8 A Neighbor who, Trish? #5 Where do you think I first met Gilmore it was on the streets I think it was Lucky’s or Starbucks. I went up and introduced myself and she took the time to talk to me and I had my God Daughter with me and she knelt down and talked to her for a few minutes.

    Comment by Jake — October 3, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

  10. Spencer: Endorsed by David Howard, Adam Gillitt, and Save Our City? Alameda.
    Gilmore: Not.

    Vigi: One could also read the use of “we” as sharing credit and the use of “I” as egomaniacal.

    I’ve seen Gilmore out and about quite a few times. I got stuck behind Spencer at Safeway because she took forever to because she was paying by check. No wonder she can’t Google the ethnic makeup of the town.

    The list of endorsers Spencer has (De Haan The Son, Diane Coler-Dark, Gretchen Lipow and the usual malcontents who always vote the same way) suggests to me there’s both a floor and ceiling to her support, and that the ceiling is too low for her to win. Furthermore, she’s not credible enough to lift the ceiling–she’s actually less convincingly competent than De Haan was last time. I hope I’m right.

    Comment by BC — October 3, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

  11. post # 5, Vigi, I sat right next to you on the planning board, usually you were late and didn’t seem to know what was going on when you were there. I also remember going to Sonoma State for a planning board seminar that took place from 9 am to 1pm, you showed up at about 12:30 pm. what was with that?. You state that Marie was aloof, my question is did you ever even try to communicate with her.

    Comment by John P. — October 3, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

  12. I have seen both Trish and Marie at numerous public events. One of the best things about Alameda is that we do see our elected officials out and about.

    Comment by Kevis Brownson — October 4, 2014 @ 11:07 am

  13. #11: Hmm You must be confusing me with a different PB member. I have never been to Sonoma State for anything.

    At any rate, I’m not running for anything and I’m not trying to get voters to admire my past record. Gilmore is.

    Comment by vigi — October 4, 2014 @ 11:27 am

  14. Lauren. might as well ask them how to pronounce Nguyen. A couple quick Googles, I didn’t raise a stat on specific numbers of each Asian ethnicity. Are Koreans number 4? I think Japanese used to be number 1 before WWII. Extra points for that?

    Comment by MI — October 5, 2014 @ 10:39 am

  15. the salient question about candidates is whether Dunning Kruger effect applies? This video has been making the rounds.

    Comment by MI — October 5, 2014 @ 10:47 am

  16. Really? Have you ever listened to a candidate who doesn’t campaign under the DK effect?

    Comment by Pygmy — October 5, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

  17. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few”

    Why Nothing get’s resolved and no one questions our Experts In the City….Why we are 900 Million in Debt but always find ways to give raises to our employees and cut services and add fees and invent new ones and watch our city assets disintegrate and decay.

    Voting for the Same Mayor being backed by same people and thinking things will be different and keep doing same thing can equate to Insanity.

    “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

    Albert Einstein

    Comment by If you like swimming in quicksand — October 5, 2014 @ 7:07 pm

  18. OMG Trish Spencer would be a horrible trivial pursuit companio …… I mean Mayor ….. for not answering this correctly.

    People, PLEASE re-elect the incumbents if you would like more secret golf course swaps, back-room firefighters union deals, and horrible, relentless traffic on the West side (but don’t worry – we’ll create a task force to study transportation alternatives – that’ll fix it!).

    Comment by Big Johnson — October 6, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

  19. I live on the West End, and I don’t see any “relentless traffic”, where is the west side??. is that in New York??

    Comment by John P. — October 6, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

  20. Big Johnson…probably not…small d more likely… I don’t see the relentless traffic on the West side. The only bad days are on the one day a month where they have the antique fare…and if you know it is going on you know how to avoid the traffic. The busiest intersection on the West End is Atlantic and Webster and the most you have to wait is a couple of minutes.

    Comment by Jake — October 6, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

  21. Do the math on the new development over the next 10 years, how many new cars it will bring, and the fact that no new bridge or tunnel will ever materialize (because of the tremendous cost). Can’t wait for more rubber stamped development! Re-elect the incumbents!! They’re doing such a good job!

    Comment by Big Johnson — October 6, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

  22. Just to follow up, it’s actually not Google where you look up the Asian population in Alameda, it’s actually the census page. So you have to sort of know where to find correct information which is probably a good quality for an elected official. Facts and stuff. Here’s the full listing:

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 17, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

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