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March 12, 2015

Hard to find good help

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

Edited to add some clarifying remarks, the edits are in italics.

Have you guys been following new Twitter account @alamedstaff?  It is a funny piece of parody in the vein of @fakejeanquan.  What makes it brilliant is that it must be how some City Staff people actually feel under this new administration.   While on one hand Trish Spencer does a fair amount of “concern trolling” worrying that staff may have “too much on their plates” when it comes to a topic she has no interest in investing further time on (see rental housing discussion and her vote against getting more data to understand the issue from a quantitative point of view).   On the other hand it’s pretty clear from her line of questioning she has no faith or trust in staff and their competency to do their jobs.

I mean, it was essentially what this commenter (and Trish Spencer apologist) said in yesterday’s post, she’s “cross examining” staff as though she were their adversary trying to catch them in some “gotcha” moment.  This was something that happened a lot when she was on the School Board too.  But she seems to have brought that over to the City Council and it appears that City Staff isn’t as willing to be pushed around as some of the School District staff was.  Just want to clarify that I’m not saying that AUSD staff was  willing to take abuse from Trish Spencer, but that most people were unwilling to put themselves unnecessarily in Trish Spencer’s cross hairs.  Add to that the lack of support from other Board Members (Mike McMahon was the notable exception) and you have a no-win situation for staff.  I’ll point out as “nice” as some people believe Trish Spencer to be, I have heard, but not written about, an endless number of horror stories from inside the AUSD ranks.

Some recent examples include the questioning of City Staff about the make up of the selection committee which I wrote about yesterday.  Another example that I didn’t write about in detail but that the Trish Truth blog posted  (another link, both are worth watching for an understanding of the “cross examination”) was an agenda item on sewer rates and Trish Spencer cross examined the staff members on the rates they used to justify the rate increase.   The staff members handily addressed Trish Spencer’s concerns and deftly swatted away the implication that some how their selected rates that were too high or whatever she was trying to imply.  By the way, props to these two staff members who were a great representation of knowledgeable and high competent staff.

Other examples of not trusting the competency of staff includes her not believing when the City Attorney explained to her about explaining yes or no votes after the vote was taken and begrudgingly accepted the explanation after the City Clerk wouldn’t back her up. During the aftermath of the Del Monte repeal she took turns in blaming staff for there not being any information provided and then blaming Tony Daysog as her rationale as to why she asked for the item to be placed on the agenda.

What she ends up doing is she tries to show through her line of questioning that somehow staff is not to be trusted and that only Trish Spencer has the ability and the skills to reveal their true motives — whatever she thinks those true motives are.

Anyway here are some of the tweets from City Staff that subtly reference this:

Regarding the mind reading skills, it probably references the moment in the most epic City Council meeting when Trish Spencer blamed the lengthiness of the meetings on an “agenda writing problem” instead of reflecting on her inability to run the meeting.  At one point she allowed multiple public speakers to go beyond the time limit, I created a (shortened) video here that juxtaposes Trish Spencer’s cranky comments with her allowing endless public comment.

Sorry, one more @alamedastaff tweet, because if you aren’t following, you’re missing out:

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74 Comments

  1. One of the main complaints about the Gilmore administration was that Gilmore was just a figurehead, because it was really the City Staff who ran the City. By posting these Tweets, I believe you have proved that allegation to be true, Lauren.

    As competent as they may be, City Staff can never be as accountable to a community as its Elected Officials. That’s why we have both a Mayor and a City Manager, to provide checks and balances. It is a fact that the Mayor doesn’t set the agenda, and that the main purpose of City Council meetings is both to inform the public and allow public participation. It is also a fact that for a decade Alameda city council meetings have run late into the evenings, discouraging public participation on crucial items which are often found as the last items on the agenda.

    With apologies to City Staff who have already attained this goal, anything the Mayor and council can do to maximize public participation in city government is appreciated

    And Lauren, the day you finally muster up the courage to actually attend a public meeting of any kind and stand at the podium yourself, instead of constantly lampooning those who do,…well, who am I kidding. That’s never gonna happen.

    Comment by vigi — March 12, 2015 @ 10:14 am

  2. the day you finally muster up the courage to actually attend a public meeting of any kind and stand at the podium yourself

    Courage doesn’t keep me from attending public meetings, requiring a solid night’s sleep does.

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 12, 2015 @ 10:17 am

  3. That’s just BS. You have time to write this blog in buckets. You comment frequently. Of course, you are entitled to your priorities but don’t pretend that you are anything but a coward (at least in this respect). Your priorities are to not put yourself out there in that way (probably because you know that people can be cruel, vicious, and bitchy). Instead you use your influential blog to constantly tear down people you have a problem with. The ratio of information/vitriol on this blog is fast approaching zero.

    Comment by people can be unreasonable ------- — March 12, 2015 @ 10:23 am

  4. I wouldn’t want anyone to imply that I was an inattentive parent by spending all my free nights at meetings, as I was once accused of doing by writing this blog. Did you want to offer to watch my children at night while I showed how brave I am by attending a meeting? If you are offering, I’ll need a full resume and background check with references. TIA!

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 12, 2015 @ 10:26 am

  5. Nope. I’ll stick with being anonymous. You can claim all you want, but you are a coward (in this respect). Maybe it’s because of the lawsuit which obviously still stings to this day, but to pretend it’s because of some unwarranted accusation of bad parenting is ridiculous. In fact, as much as I don’t like your bitchiness, your parenting skills actually appear to be superior. Just goes to show you that people are complex.

    Comment by people can be unreasonable ------- — March 12, 2015 @ 10:44 am

  6. You didn’t post this one: (I don’t know how to do this correctly, so I just cut & pasted it)
    City Staff @alamedastaff
    · Mar 7
    #MakeSomeonesDayIn3Words RECALL MAYOR SPENCER. Day made! #alameda

    0 replies 1 retweet 1 favorite

    City Staff advocating a Mayor’s Recall in her first 90 days in office? Whoever that staff person is, should be disciplined! That’s just Mutiny. Completely uncalled for.

    Comment by vigi — March 12, 2015 @ 11:22 am

  7. You will never be able to criticize the Mayor again, without taking into account her hostile and uncooperative staff. This situation is just appalling!

    And if you follow the Twitter thread, it seems Gilmore is egging them on! Marie L.(oser) Gilmore has about as much class as Lauren Do.

    Comment by vigi — March 12, 2015 @ 11:28 am

  8. This is going to be a tough four years. It is hard to separate critiques of her job performance from being critical of personal characteristics. One is having a big impact on the other. Those inclined to support the mayor will see every critical observation as an unfair personal attack.

    I particularly like the “bitchiness” critique. It would be so much more pleasant if women would not have political opinions and comport themselves like ladies.

    Comment by BMac — March 12, 2015 @ 11:32 am

  9. Oh right, like you don’t know what I mean ass****. The mean-spirited relentless nitpicking with the “just saying” layer of fake innocense.

    Comment by people can be unreasonable ------- — March 12, 2015 @ 11:52 am

  10. Also- I can’t tell you how personally offended I am by this whole “doing amazing research”, “publishing it on my personal blog” , “ supporting my position with facts” and ” using my own name” thing. Seriously. Lauren – you are the worst troll ever! And don’t get me started on that whole “not censoring anyone” debacle.. what is the world coming to? Come on- the Trishlodytes demand!

    Comment by librarycat — March 12, 2015 @ 12:17 pm

  11. Each one of the obnoxious Tweets by City Staff bears the Official Seal of the City of Alameda. How proud I am of the people whom my tax dollars pay to operate this city! Can you say “unprofessional behavior”?

    Comment by vigi — March 12, 2015 @ 12:27 pm

  12. perhaps there are other bogs in Alameda that are more favorable to the new mayor. some of us might feel more comfortable reading those blogs. However if you choose to read this blog then you’ll be in for four years of pure “hell”. I fully expect Lauren Do to continue to criticize the mayor when she shows us that she can’t even control a public meeting. Lauren is so used to your taking offense at what she places on this blog, that I doubt it gets under her skin.

    Comment by John P. — March 12, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

  13. I forgot to mention Malfeasance:

    Intentional conduct that is wrongful or unlawful, especially by officials or public employees. Malfeasance is at a higher level of wrongdoing than nonfeasance (failure to act where there was a duty to act) or misfeasance (conduct that is lawful but inappropriate).

    Now the only question is: can the guilty City Staff be SUED…or should they just be fired?

    Comment by vigi — March 12, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

  14. “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

    Unless you, of course, criticize Trish Spencer and, in that case, you deserved to be fired and/or sued.

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 12, 2015 @ 12:44 pm

  15. I suspect it’s not #actually city staff running the account. Just saying.

    Comment by Anonymoustroll — March 12, 2015 @ 12:47 pm

  16. Again, Malfeasance is a comprehensive term used in both civil and Criminal Law to describe any act that is wrongful. It is not a distinct crime or tort, but may be used generally to describe any act that is criminal or that is wrongful and gives rise to, or somehow contributes to, the injury of another person.

    Lauren, sometimes you just don’t get it, and thereby lose all personal credibility. No City employee has the right to post those kinds of Tweets [with an unlimited audience, I might add…so Trish’s damages appear to be unlimited. Doesn’t Twitter go around the world?.] stamped with the Official Seal of the City of Alameda, California.

    This is not a free speech issue. And it is NOT analogous to “FakeJeanQuan” which was a personal thread not stamped with Seal of the City of Oakland.

    Comment by vigi — March 12, 2015 @ 12:53 pm

  17. First, it’s mutiny.

    Then, it’s unprofessional

    Now, it’s malfeasance.

    Don’t ever change vigi. Don’t ever change.

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 12, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

  18. Trish has managed to make Alameda the laughing stock in less than 4 months as mayor. I guess regional funding for parks and transportation will just go somewhere else. Time to raise those taxes.

    Comment by Alan — March 12, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

  19. The @alamedastaff is a PARODY account. Parody = an imitative work created to imitate, make fun of, or comment by means of satiric or ironic imitation. In other words, not City Staff. To be fair, the few snap shots Lauren posted do not have the PARODY account tag. Here’s another definition: Trespassing = enter the owner’s land or property without permission.

    Comment by eyeroll — March 12, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

  20. vigi, obliviously doesn’t have kids or a life. I have seen Lauren at public meetings before she had kids. people can be unreasonable doesn’t care to use his or her name so who knows what sort of attendance he has. I am sure Lauren spends more quality time with her kids than a lot of parents and she is more informed than most also. vigi, in the time I have been here she has never said anything nice or worthwhile and I image she is retired as she spends most of her day doing the thing she accuses other of doing…she makes me think of “Don Roberts”…who was a character as long as you agreed with him…otherwise he wouldn’t post your posts.

    Comment by Jake. — March 12, 2015 @ 2:36 pm

  21. Eyeroll: So whoever is illicitly using the official City logo is “trespassing”?

    Comment by vigi — March 12, 2015 @ 2:58 pm

  22. not only do we get four more years of the new mayor, we get four more years of, wait for it,,VIGI.!!!!

    Comment by John P. — March 12, 2015 @ 4:50 pm

  23. The use of the City Seal is inappropriate. It should be used only for Official Communications coming from the City. One you let one person use it what is keeping others. How about if someone set up a Parody Account and made racist Rants. It may state that it is parody but not everyone realizes it is. There were many people who thought that Ms. Spencer was going to lead a protest at the ribbon cutting of the Bike Trak. It amazes me that people who have elected and appointed positions with our City are ‘followers’ and some are even Lawyers. The misuse of the Official Seal shows total disrespect for them and those they represent.

    Comment by frank m — March 12, 2015 @ 4:50 pm

  24. Lauren didn’t post it as a “parody” account but cited it as evidence of rebellion. The city logo looked real enough to me. Perhaps that is the problem. My advice to the City Staff is to cool it, even if it is a parody. They must think they can’t get fired. I wonder what city manager gave them that impression? More wonderment…how can you possibly question the Mayor’s actions with an openly hostile city staff acting like this? do you think the White House staff runs a parody account of the President’s actions?

    Meanwhile, calm down Vigi- please no personal challenges on the internet…

    Comment by Breathless — March 12, 2015 @ 5:03 pm

  25. 21. Vigi: technologically speaking, it’s pretty easy to get the city seal image. This isn’t really evidence that it’s an insider.

    24. Breathless: you might not suffer your eponymous affliction if you didn’t hyperventilate over things.

    9. And, it seems today, people can be thin-skinned.

    I think the underlying worry of Spencer’s supporters is that it is much more dangerous for a public figure to become a joke than to be seen as a potent enemy. Look at Dukakis’s fate. Or, perhaps more relevantly, think about Sarah Palin, another small-town mayor with a similarly impressive confidence in her own abilities. If Spencer becomes an in-town laughing-stock (and it’s conceivable), she will have a hard time.

    Comment by BC — March 12, 2015 @ 5:23 pm

  26. Vigi, if you are really this gullible, I have a bridge to sell you.

    Comment by ajryan — March 12, 2015 @ 5:30 pm

  27. OMG there’s another unprofessional account using the city seal!! Mutiny, @alamedabuzz!!

    Comment by Anonymoustroll — March 12, 2015 @ 6:03 pm

  28. How many times does Lauren have to say “it’s a parody” much like @fakejeanquan? Parody is faking out the real thing. Parody gets as close to the real thing as possible, but adds a twist to let you know it’s fake.

    Vigi you are well aware of that fact — as you have previously lauded your education and sophistication. You’re having a whole lot of fun at others’ expense stirring a practically empty pot. Sadly, you have taken in some of Lauren’s readers, who for one reason or another, don’t really understand Parody. They are going to feel really badly when they realize you’ve used them, allowed them to broadcast their gullibility and just pointed out their lack of formal education and/or sophistication to the rest of us. I think this nonsense about city staff doing this, raising the ugly head of treasonous activity, and casting aspersions should stop. It’s beneath you, it’s bad form, you should stand down.

    @alamedastaff, you could help by changing the seal, which is all anyone posts of your heading. Change the colors, get rid of the flowers, put different words on it. It is too close to the real, legally protected seal. Gilmore probably would understand, but quietly ask you to modify. Spencer probably will loudly file suit. I don’t want to pay for it. Thanks ahead of time.

    Comment by Li_ — March 12, 2015 @ 6:17 pm

  29. jdelbono
    Alameda Firefighters
    @AlamedaFire689
    Jane Chisaki-Librarian
    Marie Gilmore
    RodGilmore@espn
    Mike McMahon
    Jim Oddie
    Anne DeBardeleben
    dbiggs
    John Knox White
    Ron Mooney
    Mike Henneberry
    Solana Henneberry
    Brian McGuire

    List of Followers of Alameda Staff

    The Election is Over

    Comment by The Election is over — March 12, 2015 @ 10:11 pm

  30. Vigi and Unreasonable, your nasty comments aimed at Lauren and at the @alamedastaff are both misinformed and uncalled for. As has been noted previously:

    1) It takes as much (or more) “courage” to host this blog and “public square” every week as it does to attend city meetings, and just as much time to watch and record it from home.

    2) The @alamedastaff Twitter posts are funny, whoever is posting them, and they are protected speech under the First Amendment, no matter whose account it is. (Even if it *is* a city staffer, they just need to be not posting to this account on city time or from city computers.) City workers have free speech rights, too.)

    3) The city seal is, like any other image on the net, quite easy to copy, and its use in news, satire, or public commentary is also protected speech under our Bill of Rights. It’s called the First Amendment to the US Constitution:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

    @29: The election is over, but the electorate was split 50/50, and you cannot expect those of us who opposed Trish Spencer to stop caring deeply about our community to “fall into line” when we still disagree with an elected leader’s views or actions. I am coming to believe that Alan’s comment in #18 may be coming true, which breaks my heart. The mayor’s inexperience and lack of skills in running a meeting effectively have a very real and very negative impact on our island city.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — March 13, 2015 @ 8:30 am

  31. Jon Spangler just the same Chickenshit stuff and bullshit politics your ilk thrives on….Spencer is authentic and is listening to many people…..Will she make mistakes…Sure…..Is she perfect ..No….She is human and trying to make this city better…..People love her…..You don’t…BFD…..

    Comment by The Election is over — March 13, 2015 @ 11:01 am

  32. For all of you who think it’s “no big deal” to misuse the Official Seal of a City, time to grow up! How would you like it someone borrowed the logo of Alameda Police or Alameda Fire to put out Fake Tweets about shots fired or homes on fire? Yeah, I thought so. That is just as easily done. Parody requires a little good sense.
    (thx, jar for being the adult in the room)

    Comment by vigi — March 13, 2015 @ 11:07 am

  33. How did authentic become synonymous with incoherent in US politics? I will grant you she’s human.

    Comment by BC — March 13, 2015 @ 11:09 am

  34. PS: if I ever hear someone yelling “Fire” in a crowded Alameda theater, I’ll know it is just Spangler exercising his First Amendment Rights…

    Comment by vigi — March 13, 2015 @ 11:09 am

  35. We have seen this Bullying in Alameda by Employees and lost 670,000 in Lawsuit…..Same Characters now just bullying Major.

    .http://www.fearnotlaw.com/articles/article28370.html
    Vanderheiden and DelBono both again returned to work in late June 2003, and were assigned to different fire stations and different shifts so they would not have to work together. Although he was working at a different station with firefighters who had not been involved in the DelBono incident, from the beginning there was tension between Vanderheiden and his fellow firefighters who, he claims, ostracized and isolated him. For instance, Vanderheiden said that when he would walk into a room, crew members would immediately vacate the area and refuse to acknowledge him. A captain told him he should not attend the annual union ski trip because it would not be safe for him to do so. He was told by Chief Christiansen that if he continued to serve as an instructor in the water rescue program, other firefighters might leave the program. He stated that one captain announced to a class that he never wanted Vanderheiden in his station or on his rig, and that a fellow firefighter went from station to station calling Vanderheiden a dead man.

    Comment by The Election is over — March 13, 2015 @ 11:11 am

  36. TEio wins the non sequitur award for March 2015.

    Comment by BC — March 13, 2015 @ 11:21 am

  37. Let me just point out that — if folks didn’t notice — @alamedastaff changed his/her icon to that of a book.

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 13, 2015 @ 11:23 am

  38. We already know what a LOSER Ex Mayor Gilmore is….Class doesn’t cost a dime and she couldn’t even hang around to swear in new mayor a …..Pretty pathetic crew to hang with….Give me someone with No Experience and willing to do the work and you can hang with your know it alls that have buried this city financially.

    Comment by The Election is over — March 13, 2015 @ 11:24 am

  39. #37 I did notice that. It is an interesting topic regarding ‘Fair Use’ and Trademark Infringement is goes well beyond “First Amendment Right”… I am not a Lawyer but a lot has to do with how the individual City has Registered their Seal. Also ‘intent’ and if there is confusion arising between Official Communications and those intended for Parody. There was a case where a person was prosecuted for using the Official Seal for Voter Repression on an Election Day. It is not all that clear cut in either direction.

    Jon Spangler might want to read this

    Comment by frank m — March 13, 2015 @ 11:47 am

  40. More importantly, to a book with blank pages. Pretty sure that is intentional.

    Vigi, there are legitimate time, place and manner restrictions on speech and obviously you know that the example of shouting “fire” in a crowded theater is not protected speech and would merit legal action. Satire and parody are protected, though. Get over it. You don’t get to censor political speech.

    Comment by BMac — March 13, 2015 @ 11:49 am

  41. Parody and Satire should be encouraged….But Bullying,hate, and retaliation seems to be what we see here at the Dooooo drop in.

    Comment by The Election is over — March 13, 2015 @ 11:58 am

  42. You do know that my name is pronounced like “dough” right?

    Does an attempt to style my name in the form of a poop joke fall under “parody” or “satire”?

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 13, 2015 @ 12:02 pm

  43. I will take the high road and not Scoop to your Level.

    Comment by The Election is over — March 13, 2015 @ 12:07 pm

  44. The Election is over…… and the City lost.

    Comment by dc — March 13, 2015 @ 12:20 pm

  45. Yes..We lost a Mayor who was queen of bullying..…..If someone wanted to say something contrary to her prejudged opinions…..Better ready for tomatoes from the Mt Rushmore of Narcissistic D Bags at the alter ready to unload… I think the Residents of City Won.

    Comment by The Election is over — March 13, 2015 @ 12:35 pm

  46. 44. Yes. We elected Sarah Palin. No parody needed.

    Comment by Larry Witte — March 13, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

  47. It’s more like we elected Ms. Jekyll and Hyde from the new italicized addition about Spencer’s days on the AUSD. The racist bullying that TEio and his/her (ahem, deHaan) supporters showed Gilmore when she was first elected as mayor does not compare to @alamedastaff’s satirical tweets. (Although It seems to inciite a cyber “Charlie Hebdo” reactions by the apparent militant Trishlodytes like Vigi).

    Comment by Alan — March 13, 2015 @ 1:48 pm

  48. And your worried about Jekyll and Hyde as a Mayor….. They also sabotaged deHaan…..Now Bullying the new Mayor.

    A captain told him he should not attend the annual union ski trip because it would not be safe for him to do so. He was told by Chief Christiansen that if he continued to serve as an instructor in the water rescue program, other firefighters might leave the program. He stated that one captain announced to a class that he never wanted Vanderheiden in his station or on his rig, and that a fellow firefighter went from station to station calling Vanderheiden a dead man.

    Comment by The Election is over — March 13, 2015 @ 3:13 pm

  49. If Spencer is incompetent, or bad for the city, it will become apparent. Many people are trying to form their own opinions but it becomes difficult to wade through the crap being thrown at the woman about everything from her clothes, to her kids, to her ability to run a meeting, to see what is really going on and if it is really cause for concern.

    The propaganda machine is running overtime to discredit Spencer. If she’s such a disaster, why do you feel you have to work so hard to prove it? I know the Trish haters are having a ball, but if you really care about the City, shouldn’t you do everything you can to make sure she gets the support she needs to do a good job while she’s here?

    Aren’t you doing what the Republicans in the House have been doing to President Obama, not giving him a chance to prove whether or not he can be effective by opposing everything he wants to do and ridiculing him at every turn?

    I remember all the scolding those of us who were disappointed that Gilmore and Tam were re-elected got about being negative and nit-picking and not going forward. We did our best to grow up and deal with it until their turn was up, why can’t you try doing the same?

    The Twitter account is a smug, obnoxious attempt by someone to further undermine the Mayor and spread disinformation. Lots of folks on social media did not get the joke. They actually believed that Spencer was going to stage a protest at the bike track dedication. This kind of stuff muddies the waters. I’d give it a pass if it were laugh out loud funny, but, as parodies go, it’s only amusing to the “cool kids” who get all the jokes and agree with the criticism. For everybody else, it’s worthless.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — March 13, 2015 @ 8:45 pm

  50. I don’t think that @alamedastaff was trying to be parody when their first tweet about Spencer planning to protest was made.

    I think one of a two things probably happened. 1) She never planned to protest and “AlamedaStaff” got bad information. 2) She was going to protest, or at least “show up” the event by making some negative remarks about the project during her little speech. ie- waste of money, dangerous, not transparent, Alamedans weren’t the ones pushing for it, etc. And that she changed her mind, either during the build up or once she was there and realized it was not the time or place for it.

    *I am not @alamedastaff and don’t know who they are. Muhaahaha. No, seriously.

    Comment by BMac — March 14, 2015 @ 1:53 am

  51. Aren’t you doing what the Republicans in the House have been doing to President Obama, not giving him a chance to prove whether or not he can be effective by opposing everything he wants to do and ridiculing him at every turn?

    Uh, no.

    Because Republicans in the House were going around talking about birth certificates and secret Muslims.

    As someone mentioned above, no one is making up anything about Trish Spencer but rather simply observing and highlighting what she is currently doing. Her ability to run a meeting is sort of her one and only key duty that is different from that of the other City Council members according to the charter and is absolutely germane to her competency to hold that position. Here it is in the charter:

    The Mayor shall be the official and ceremonial head of the City and shall preside at all meetings of the Council.

    I’ll point out that @fakejeanquan was established in August 2010 (but really started posting in September 2010, I scrolled back to check…) so Oaklander’s didn’t even give Jean Quan a three month grace period to hold office before they started parodying her.

    I feel like we’re disclosing stuff, so I’ll also disclose that I am also not @alamedastaff and I don’t know who it is either, but I would love to fist bump that person in person.

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 14, 2015 @ 6:54 am

  52. #51 “As someone mentioned above, no one is making up anything about Trish Spencer but rather simply observing and highlighting what she is currently doing”.

    City Staff @alamedastaff
    · Mar 6
    The Mayor is planning a protest for the Shore Line Bikeway ribbon cutting tomorrow? Really? Isn’t ribbon cutting the Mayor’s job? #alameda

    6 retweets 0 favorites

     Reply

     Retweet 6

     Favorite

    Then this was Posted to Alameda Peeps without any mention of it being Parody

    Brian McGuire
    March 6 at 7:43pm · Alameda, CA
    This could be interesting…… from Alameda’s newest twitter account.
    City Staff @alamedastaff 45m45 minutes ago
    The Mayor is planning a protest for the Shore Line Bikeway ribbon cutting tomorrow? Really? Isn’t ribbon cutting the Mayor’s job? ‪#‎alameda‬‬
    Like ·
    12 people like this.

    Comment by frank m — March 14, 2015 @ 8:53 am

  53. How about the name card throwing incident? How about that Trish’s meeting with the housing advocates showed a profound misunderstanding of the issue? Neither of these were ever confirmed. Face it, you hate her and you are a bitch about it.

    Comment by people can be unreasonable ------- — March 14, 2015 @ 9:33 am

    • I thought you were going to ask the person who posted the information on that message board or Renewed Hope. Didn’t get around to it?

      Also, I mentioned that my three unnamed sources were credible ones, you chose not to believe me or them, that’s fine. In the words of Bonnie Raitt, “I can’t make you love me if you don’t” and that’s also okay.

      Comment by Lauren Do — March 14, 2015 @ 10:17 am

  54. Oh, also, you throw around the word “bitch” as though it’s an insult. It’s really not and I’ll own that I’m totally a bitch. Because as Tina Fey once opined, “Bitches get stuff done.”

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 14, 2015 @ 10:42 am

  55. @28. Your lack of logical reasoning is stunning. I am not the one having fun at others’ expense-whoever is using the City Seal is. Those are the ones preying on the gullible. Government Seals and symbols are supposed to mean something and convey instant authority to the user. Scams work the same way. IRS estimates $16 mil has been ripped off by fake IRS agents calling taxpayers, demanding money. Since a large population of the Bay Area is foreign-born, or does not speak English at home, why are you so sure everyone even knows what the word “parody” means? I bet those same non-English speakers do take official insignia seriously. I’m sure you remember a recent election in the South Bay when a candidate was sued for putting a communist Vietnamese insignia on a fake mailer purported to come from her opponent.

    This little drama reminded me of the negative mailers sent out during that infamous 2010 election. They were insensitive and irresponsible, but they worked.

    Apparently we are not the only state with these problems: http://scarincilawyer.com/bipartisan-legislation-will-help-nj-municipalities-protect-official-seals/

    ,” Assembly Bill 3556 would require the Secretary of State to “adopt rules and regulations governing the usage of the seal of any or local unit to prevent inappropriate or misleading use of the seal and to assure a high quality reproduction thereof.” A “local unit” is defined as a municipality, county, fire district, school district, or solid waste collection district.

    Under the proposed legislation, the clerk of a county board of chosen freeholders, municipal clerk, secretary of a board of education, secretary of a board of fire commissioners, or other duly authorized official would be authorized to give their written consent to the use of reproductions of the seal of the local unit in the preparation of commemorative items and for historic, civic, and educational purposes.” (New Jersey)

    Comment by vigi — March 14, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

  56. Doooooooo…….Bullies get things done…….Hate Groups get things done……alot of people get things done….I think your group and Ilk fall into this category……Your as Classless as our Ex Mayor.

    Comment by The Election is over — March 14, 2015 @ 12:14 pm

  57. Ah, here it is: From the League of California Cities: http://www.westerncity.com/Western-City/June-2013/Who-Gets-to-Use-Agency-Insignia/

    Li, “City Staff”, Jon Spangler take note; “California law makes it a misdemeanor to use city seals with the intention of creating an impression that a document is authorized by a public official. (The absence of parallel language for county and special district seals underscores the wisdom of adopting local protections.)

    If memory serves, haven’t John Russo and Marie Gilmore been intimately involved in the activities of this League?

    Comment by vigi — March 14, 2015 @ 12:17 pm

  58. vigi :there are about 90 followers. They use Twitter. These are not people likely to be scammed. Deep breaths.

    And as for the bike lane opening, Spencer’s speech was just weird. She made a point of noting that she drove there and said nothing good about the bike lane or biking or anything except the weather and the beach. So, while she didn’t protest, she didn’t really add much. Perhaps there were observers in the audience from the ACT to monitor their mayor for expressions of heresy or unAlamedan activities like biking or walking.

    Comment by BC — March 14, 2015 @ 12:21 pm

  59. See, for example, section 1.6(e) of San Francisco’s administrative code (“Every person who maliciously or for commercial purposes, or without the prior approval of the Board of Supervisors, uses or allows to be used any reproduction or facsimile of the Seal of the City and County of San Francisco in any manner whatsoever is guilty of a misdemeanor.”), available at http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=amlegal:sanfrancisco_ca.

    Comment by vigi — March 14, 2015 @ 12:34 pm

  60. You’d have to be pretty stupid or drunk to think that @alamedastaff is anything other than a parody. See above.

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — March 14, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

  61. #59 “59.vigi :there are about 90 followers. They use Twitter. These are not people likely to be scammed. Deep breaths. ”

    BC I have no objection to this Twitter account in general. I don’t like the linking to the City of Alameda webpage and previous use of the City Seal. However when something is taken off that site as Posted to another site without informing people of the nature(parody) it can and did lead to confusion. And it did in Alameda Peeps. I’m sure there are still some who thing that Spencer either intended or did lead a Protest and that is wrong.

    As to Spencer ‘acting weird’. This was not her project and if she had perhaps said more people would claim that she was stealing credit. As it was she said what she said and rightfully let others who have been involved to their due.

    Comment by frank m — March 14, 2015 @ 12:44 pm

  62. So what the hell are you trying to accomplish Ms Fey? As far as I can tell, it’s the tearing down of Spencer, the pointing and laughing at people you are lukewarm about (Daysog and the housing guy), and proving that you are cool. The reason you won’t take your show out in public is because you are a coward (in that respect). Mr. Do could watch the kids, grandma and grandpa Do could watch the kids, you have plenty of money to hire a babysitter. Just not willing to face your targets is my guess. I bet you love how several have come to pay their respects in your comments section. So making people fear your unique brand of meanness is what you are about is all I can see.

    Comment by people can be unreasonable ------- — March 14, 2015 @ 12:59 pm

  63. Trish is gracious.

    The person who used the city logo as a “parody” is a bully.
    The persons who then publicized it is are bullies.

    Anyone from across the country following this must be thinking Alameda has many mean spirited people.

    To some of us who live here and know the general cast of characters, it seems that way.

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    Comment by A Neighbor — March 14, 2015 @ 2:26 pm

  64. 64, posts, and all I know at this point, is that it was O.K. to pile on Mayor Gilmore but it is not O.K. to pile on Mayor Spencer. Come on folks we all do it, so get off your high horses. Calling Lauren Do names won’t change much of anything, If she was a coward she would not be doing this blog. you also choose to call her a coward and not even use your own name, who is a coward???.

    Comment by John P. — March 14, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

  65. Where is the word “coward” in #64?

    Comment by A Neighbor — March 14, 2015 @ 4:12 pm

  66. My husband is not Mr. Do.

    I chose not to attend meeting because I prefer not to. If you think that equals cowardice that’s your opinion and you are welcome to that opinion.

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 14, 2015 @ 4:40 pm

  67. Lauren Do is not being called a coward because she criticizes the mayor or any other elected or appointed official, but because she ridicules ordinary citizens who did muster up the courage and sacrifice their personal time to attend a public meeting, turn in a speakers slip, wait for their item, and actually speak. Who knows how many other people might have done this, but for fear that they might be featured in Blogging Bayport as an object of Lauren’s ridicule.

    From this perspective, Blogging Bayport actually does a disservice to Alameda by disparaging public participation in civic affairs.

    Comment by vigi — March 15, 2015 @ 1:49 pm

  68. Lycosidae, from the Ancient Greek word “λύκος” meaning “wolf”. They are robust and agile hunters with excellent eyesight. They live mostly solitary and hunt alone. Some are opportunistic hunters pouncing upon prey as they find it or even chasing it over short distances. Some will wait for passing prey in or near the mouth of a burrow.

    Comment by jack — March 15, 2015 @ 6:40 pm

  69. 62. Frankly I think her very tepid remarks were in fact odd. If she had been wildly enthusiastic as she can be she probably would have been accused of hypocrisy. There was solute lay no words of recognition on the track anything about it being an assets, only vague words about working together which I think we’re disingenuous considering her known attitude about the track. The part about having driven was an obvious and deliberate dig . Your posts seem more protective of the mayor than completely neutral as is your choice, just like her choice to only be minimally perfunctory . I’m just saying t hat because you seem to want to project a neutrality.

    Comment by MI — March 15, 2015 @ 8:59 pm

  70. Blogging, social media, all part of electronic journalism of today. A different form of communication. Getting all puffed up about sitting in a meeting is like bragging about registering your car in person at the DMV, or paying your utility bills over the counter!

    Comment by chrisD — March 15, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

  71. 71. That is an original observation.

    a P.S. to 70, When I spotted 67 comments I got excited but was a little disappointed that this thread is really a bite of a food fight. Not like. I’m above diving in with both fists, just not this time. If I were as philosophically opposed to bike track as Spencer seems to be and had the obligation to attend as mayor I imagine I might react as I think she has, though maybe I would have taken the opportunity to build a bridge or two by saying something which was more than phony lip service about working together. This project was. completed through efforts of bike advocates with full due process but despite a lot of 11th hour kvetching from critics. People like Unreasonable simply digress further by trying to make side discussion about Lauren being a bitch. Unreasonable can be depended apron to go just that route while taking an even lower road than the one he/she complains Lauren has taken.

    I’m waiting for Spencer to smell the coffee and come around to executing better but I’m not holding my breath. My feeling is that she lacks any real guiding principle other than knee jerkism and so she may flounder for some time to come. She thinks she is highly principled but if you asked her directly to concisely spell out her principles I suspect you would get generalities about transparency. Meely mouth nothingness.

    Comment by MI — March 16, 2015 @ 1:08 am

  72. In lieu of comments about the use of a City Seal this appeared today

    http://news.yahoo.com/exclusively-white-people-stickers-put-austin-stores-215914029.html

    Comment by frank m — March 20, 2015 @ 2:48 pm

  73. Twitter and Facebook Are a No-Go

    You may think that you’re in the clear to complain about work by keeping a careful eye on your Facebook privacy settings and crafting a nifty Twitter disclaimer, but you’re wrong.

    Anything you post on Twitter or Facebook which criticizes or insults your bosses and/or co-workers is essentially adding one more item to the “Reasons to Fire Me” file which you store online. Employers are typically in the clear to fire an employee when a tweet involves their professional reputations, and kvetching about how much of an ogre your boss is (in 140 characters) may be grounds to give you the boot.

    Even if you’re just Facebooking about clients — or in one teacher’s case, her students — you can be legally canned. So unless you’re a master of vaguebooking about your work, keep your complaints off social media.

    Comment by Cobalt Black Keys Johnson — April 5, 2015 @ 9:16 am


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