For those who watched the City Council meeting from a few weeks ago (I’ve lost all track of time as to when these meetings happen anymore) you might recall during the discussion about the new MOUs for public safety two people alluded to sitting in coffee shops bad mouthing public safety. In case you were wondering what or who that referred to, it’s all in this letter that was sent to Mayor Trish Spencer yesterday (cc-ing the rest of the Council and the Interim City Manager).
Reading the whole thing is highly recommended but let me screen cap some of the best (and most interesting parts):
Now it makes sense why Trish Spencer is so fixated on Peet’s Coffee and getting to and fro quickly from that particular location, that’s where she holds court.
“Ben” is IAFF Vice President Ben Kim who contacted Trish Spencer about what the two off duty Firefighters overheard at Peet’s. “Defensive and unwilling to engage,” way to keep lines of communication open with City staff!
Here’s the best part of the letter though:
One word: OMG!
More words: recorded conversation!
More more words: no expectation of privacy in public place.
Seriously, whoever has this tape, I want it. I would cherish it and throw it up on YouTube and make it all fancy and stuff with photos and spinning graphics and cross fades and Ken Burns effects and everything. I’ll never disclose your identity. Think about it!
Now, let’s parse this, actually, let’s let IAFF’s president parse this first:
Yeah, what he said. The other two things (the Russo thing and the 80% thing) are (1) opinion and (2) wrong, respectively. Which just goes back to the whole issue of Trish Spencer not really understand any of the information that is presented to her. But the statement about Frank Matarrese is extremely problematic because, as was mentioned above, it implies that Trish Spencer and Frank Matarrese had already discussed their votes ahead of time and had agreed upon a course of action.
Personally, if I were Frank Matarrese and I had never talked to Trish Spencer about this I would be spitting mad. Actually, if I were Frank Matarrese and I had talked to Trish Spencer about this I still would be spitting mad. Apparently someone hasn’t learned the definition of discretion.
Of course the huge loser in all this is Peets which will lose the patronage of the Mayor of Alameda and her weekly? biweekly? daily? Peets Pow Wows. I’ll say that I have heard rumors about these Peets Pow Wows and had always had the intent of trying to surreptitiously listen in, but I’m busy and lazy and never got around to it. Now, I imagine that these will move to more private accommodations where grievances can be aired without the pesky public listening in.