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July 1, 2015

I like warm hugs

Filed under: Alameda, City Council — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

More entertaining cringe worthy audio from the Dumaguete Sister City celebration thingie.

First I will post the funny/strange part and then the context which is no less strange and cringe worthy than the punchline.

This part comes directly after the rice statement and a huge lead up about multicultural America.

So, in addition to eating rice, Trish Spencer was able to eke out one more element of Filipino culture that she could remember, and this time she was able to connect it to her own Chicana/Mexican-American heritage or rather, she was able to connect “Filipino culture” to her own perception of Mexican-American households:

Here is the super weirdly phrased lead up to the hugging and kissing comment in which Trish Spencer rambles a lot and then tries to make the point that America is not just one culture but many. However, geez: “how closely aligned our kids grow up thinking America is”?  That is some crazy word vomit right there.



  1. I heard nothing in the clips worth cringing over. much less enough to describe it as ‘vomit’.

    Comment by jack — July 1, 2015 @ 9:47 am

  2. This sentence makes sense to you: “how closely aligned our kids grow up thinking America is”?

    I mean, I know you have a propensity to give Trish Spencer the benefit of the doubt, but that’s pretty gracious of you considering how smaller grammatical transgressions usually draw your attention.

    Those Rockwall confabs must be truly fabulous.

    Comment by Lauren Do — July 1, 2015 @ 10:11 am

  3. No, your kind of nitpicking nonsense has nothing to do with my nitpicking grammatical transgressions (and believe me I’ve made way more than I’d like to admit) on your blog. You may not agree, but speaking extemporaneously is an art form that few people possess and has no similarity with commenting in a written format.

    You may not agree with the way a public-figure speaks or acts in public but to dwell on every verbal twitch ad nausium reveals (to me) more about the critic than the speaker.

    Comment by jack — July 1, 2015 @ 11:27 am

  4. Do you like to make fun of disabled people, also, Lauren? You would probably have a field day with a speaker with Cerebral Palsy. Incidentally, the way a person speaks has nothing to do with his or her intellect.
    I’m surprised you haven’t criticized the broken non-grammatically correct English of persons for whom English is not a first language. Like Virginia Savalla-Harper’s letter, or Negros Oriental.

    Comment by vigi — July 1, 2015 @ 11:43 am

  5. See, this is the problem with armchair quarterbacking. You, Lauren Do, have never even tried to speak in an Alameda public forum, so you cannot possibly appreciate how hard it is to do well. When you put yourself out there, and expose yourself to the same criticism you heap on others, we might begin to take you seriously.

    Comment by vigi — July 1, 2015 @ 11:47 am

  6. Of course contemporaneous public speaking is hard, few people are truly excellent at it. That’s why public officials who know they are particularly terrible at it write down their speeches first rather than shoot from the hip. Better a stilted canned speech than an off-the-cuff speech that minimizes a rich culture to rice eating and hugging.

    Comment by Lauren Do — July 1, 2015 @ 11:52 am

  7. Oh my god, is someone actually suggesting that Trish Spencer’s inability to properly prepare herself for an event that she has been invited to publicly speak at is akin to someone not having perfect English because either English is their second language or they have a disability?

    I have no words.

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

  8. Actually, that was my first thought also? Did the person who nitpicks every post for grammar, sentence structure and word definition (especially when she has no real defense of her position on an issue) just compare the Mayor to a disabled person? Or was she saying that she was disabled? goodness, with friends like that …

    Comment by librarycat — July 1, 2015 @ 12:24 pm

  9. First, an on-going thank you and gratitude for Lauren’s work – in my opinion this blog is an educational service to the community. On the above matters: I didn’t find anything necessarily over-the-top from our Mayor. I kinda-you-know-get-it intuitively “how closely aligned our kids grow up thinking America is.” I agree that stepping into the Mayor’s seat ups the ante on professional preparedness. I suspect Trish will improve. I don’t wish ill or wish to speak ill of our Mayor, or anyone for that matter. That doesn’t mean however that our little government doesn’t need a Watchdog with an eye to the facts and implications of decisions made and actions resulting from those decisions. Events like those chronicled above may be significant down the road; but perhaps more significant events (inappropriate behavior or language/commentary by the top elected official – or any elected official) – say at a coffee shop or McGee’s, is something to know about and understand. The reason? Things said with guard down speaks to convictions held, intention and integrity; things said “accidentally” can have a divisive impact on our “community health.” I continue to hope that we as a community are spiraling UP in our ability to share differences of opinions and by so doing come to shared consensus as to what benefits the WHOLE (honoring the past, serving the present, and preparing for the future)…and not a special interest.

    Is my spelling OK? :0) Auto-spell check makes me say things I didn’t Nintendo. Have a HAPPY and SAFE 4th celebration one and all!

    Comment by Gabrielle Dolphin — July 1, 2015 @ 12:33 pm

  10. No, I am comparing the blogmistress to people who bully and pick on the disabled. Because that’s exactly what she sounds like today.

    Comment by vigi — July 1, 2015 @ 12:34 pm

  11. Trish’s die-hard supporters want to defend her against the accusations that her “white rice” comments were racist. Fine.

    Trish’s die-hard supporters want to defend her poor public speaking skills as not representative of her underlying intellect. Fine.

    But the question die-hard supporters really need to grapple with is this: why doesn’t Trish seem to take being the Mayor very seriously? She seems mostly interested in being the Mayor because she thinks its fun.

    1. Not preparing for events like this sister city day (which I think is a waste of time but why did she spend all day on it?)
    2. More interested in trying to act like a superhero “saving” some trees with the Alameda Sun in tow (which got cut down anyway later, without much media coverage) than working on leading and building consensus for her base’s cause, which leads to the most curious issue —>

    3. She was elected by her constituency to slow down and/or stop development, but everything that comes before “her” city council meetings gets approved. Most of the time, she actually votes to approve it herself.

    It seems like if her die-hard supporters actually cared about the main issues she was elected to support, and not just her (baffling to me) cult of personality, they would be eviscerating her. Rather than constantly claiming that she is being bullied.

    Comment by Brock — July 1, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

  12. …but our Mayor is not disabled..?

    Comment by Gabrielle Dolphin — July 1, 2015 @ 12:38 pm

  13. Sigh. I can’t believe anyone is still beating this dead horse.

    Comment by Eyeroll — July 1, 2015 @ 12:54 pm

  14. 6
    I suspect your use of the word “contemporaneous” instead of “extemporaneous” is a backhand slap at the Mayor implying she can’t think and speak at the same time, which could be true.

    Exactly, Trish, at one of, “Those Rockwall confabs must be truly fabulous.” drunken bullshit sessions, stated clearly and unequivocally that she was against a new ferry service in the lagoon because of the noise, fuel and air contamination it would create in an area that should be set aside for kayaking residents living in the area…then she voted for the ferry service. Proving once again that democrats can’t be believed.

    Comment by jack — July 1, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

  15. you negated a reasonable comment with “proving once again that democrats can’t be believed.” Really?

    Comment by Gabrielle Dolphin — July 1, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

  16. 13. The mayor is not accomplishing anything that her supporters elected her to get done, because she isn’t serious about the job.

    If one considers “fixing Alameda’s traffic issues” to be one of those things her supporters wanted, she is actually working to promote the opposite if she is voting against the Broadway-Jackson Improvement Project.

    Since we are talking about politics and city leadership, how can this be a “dead horse”?

    Comment by Brock — July 1, 2015 @ 2:29 pm

  17. I’m curious (sincerely and with no animosities lurking in the wings)..why is it felt The Mayor doesn’t take her job seriously? There may be behavior/statements etc made that sound less than “professional”, less than “mayoral”…but then, Spenser has found herself in a position she’s not been in before. I suspect she may not even really expected to be cast into the role. Is it “serious” or nervous laughter because she’s new and feels awkward? She grabbed hold of a tiger’s tail and is doing her best to hang on.

    Comment by Gabrielle Dolphin — July 1, 2015 @ 2:57 pm

  18. I could have said politician instead of democrat but in Alameda there’s no difference.

    Comment by jack — July 1, 2015 @ 3:15 pm

  19. 17. I guess I could create a list of examples but this is directly from your post: “I suspect she may not even really expected to be cast into the role.”

    Mounting a campaign for mayor while “not expecting to be cast into the role” is not something you do if you are serious about the City of Alameda’s leadership.

    I don’t know if I agree though. I think she very much wanted to be Mayor, and continues to want to be mayor. But she seems to equate the Mayor position with “being the most popular girl in Alameda”.

    How else can you explain why she is yukking it up in a coffee shop with her pals over serious City funding/public safety issues, rather than bringing them up in front of public City Council meetings that she controls and where she can actually enact change?

    Comment by Brock — July 1, 2015 @ 3:18 pm

  20. 16. I was addressing “Dumaguete Gate.”

    Comment by Eyeroll — July 1, 2015 @ 3:33 pm

  21. 20. No shit. And I’m pointing out hat is a specific example of her lack of seriousness about the job of Mayor.

    Comment by Brock — July 1, 2015 @ 3:35 pm

  22. Sounds like a topic to have a reporter interview her on. “There is some speculation or feeling among residents that you may not be taking x,y, z seriously”..see how she responds. Fair? It may appear to us one way, but without asking her directly, bringing her into the conversation, we’re acting like….mmmm? modern day politicians…or pundits..which is probably worse.

    Comment by Gabrielle Dolphin — July 1, 2015 @ 3:40 pm

  23. #19 – it just occurred to me, it’s not that unusual to run in an election to bring issues to the forefront of the discussion. Bernie Sanders has no hope of winning; his purpose to date is to do just that: force the conversation. And given the surprising reception Bernie is getting it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that he – long long shot to be sure – might win. I think Trish did a service (and in fact was pretty courageous) to run as a way of highlighting the issues she (and her “base”) were most concerned about. In a democracy you don’t “not run” because you don’t like the way things are going. But you don’t always expect to win. I think it’s quite possible Trish didn’t expect to win. She was running against the Marie Gilmore machine…that flamed out.

    Comment by Gabrielle Dolphin — July 1, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

  24. 22. This would imply that how she feels about her actions as Mayor matter more than her actual actions and statements as Mayor, which are recorded in meeting minutes, on video, and by the actual votes she takes. I respectfully disagree.

    23. I don’t think Alameda city politics has much in common with national presidential politics. Sorry

    Look, I’m not saying its easy. I’m just saying she doesn’t seem even interested in it.

    I’ll stop commenting but I just re-read this quote attributed to Eutropius, who was lecturing Roman Imperial Army Cadets in the 4th Century (from “The Fall of Rome”, by the great R.A. Lafferty):

    ““We will discuss what it is by which a man excels,” the eunuch told them, “and why, out of the forty million men in the Empire, there are scarce forty of any competence at all; and not one—not even our Emperors of the East and West, for I am no sycophant—not one man of complete competence. We will discuss the ideal of complete competence, the attainment of partial competence, and the question whether the basis of this competence is of necessity so narrow as it has been in fact. Competence is merely the management of men, and the navigation of the tide of affairs. It should not be so rare as it is. Failure in the management of men cannot be compensated for by success in all other things.””

    Comment by Brock — July 1, 2015 @ 3:52 pm

  25. 13. “eyeroll”, you moniker indicates your predisposition to such and you are entitled, but so is Lauren. I could care less, but when attention is directed at this my personal reaction is 1. yeah if I were here from Philippines for this event I think I would be put off by Trish, because as a constituent I am, even given ALL the benefits of doubts. and 2. Trish is just f-ing daffy. May not disqualify her as as mayor, but it’s not likely to impress a lot of people either.

    “See, this is the problem with armchair quarterbacking. You, Lauren Do, have never even tried to speak in an Alameda public forum,” . Blah-blah-blah. give it up vigi. You are biggest arm chair quarterback on this blog and I’ve seen Lauren speak at Council with my own eyes.

    Comment by MI — July 1, 2015 @ 5:53 pm

  26. 25
    Date time and video, please.

    Comment by jack — July 1, 2015 @ 6:16 pm

  27. Can we just get back to how beautiful our Target Store is going to be….oh…it looks like every other Target Store…..sorry…this is getting old….is she the brightest bulb…no….but she won….let the anger go….you will get to vote her out in …..3 years….

    Comment by J.E.A. — July 1, 2015 @ 6:55 pm

  28. Can’t wait for our Vietnam sister city (which by the way is soooo sexist, where are our brother citys)? I suggest Lang Co.

    Comment by jack — July 1, 2015 @ 7:29 pm

  29. I mean, since we’re paying the sister city travel bill, why can’t we get something in return …like maybe cut rate hotel rates in that PI city…not that anybody would travel there but think of all the other great places around the globe that might share their enhanced recognition by being our sister/brother city and whose officials would no doubt jump at the chance of traveling free to the signature city on the bay and, in return, give we citizens of the signature city a kiss in return.

    There’s no downside to this approach.

    Comment by jack — July 1, 2015 @ 8:06 pm

  30. 21 and 25 there are plenty of real issues surrounding the Mayor to be upset about, but this Dumaguete Gate is an obvious red herring by Virginia and her people. Don’t get trapped in the B.S. Look for the real issues.

    Comment by Eyeroll — July 1, 2015 @ 8:22 pm

  31. 30. Why be a vague idiot about it? If you want to bring up some “real issues” why not discuss them here?

    Since you are immune to being trapped in the B.S., unlike the rest of us, tell us what the real issues are.

    Comment by Brock — July 1, 2015 @ 9:18 pm

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