One of the quotes that caught my attention in the first reading of the Alameda Point DA and DDA was this quote by Frank Matarrese:
I’m very conscious of what 50 people said here, but what 1000s of people said out there: they’re afraid of the runaway housing development in this City because of traffic.
I mean, “runway housing development” is very subjective but it just made me think of this table that was in the latest Housing Element:
In the last 15 years less than 1500 housing units have been built, that’s less than 5% of the housing stock. I’m not sure how that equals “runaway development” but I guess I have a different perception of “runaway development” than 1500 units.
Also, I watched the snippy remark from Trish Spencer in response to other Councilmembers attempting to explain median income and whatnot and here’s the thing. All of the Councilmembers need to stop trying to Councilsplain (trademarked!) to Trish Spencer. Seriously. She’s not going to listen to you anyway so unless the point is to provide clarification to the audience best to just leave it. Or if you want to provide clarification do it without interrupting her. While it was amusing at first it’s just not helpful anymore. It would help move the meetings along if people just said their piece and then just voted. I’m not sure if anyone is actually convinced or swayed by any other Councilperson in this particular dysfunctional bunch so for the sake of going along to get along, just allow Trish Spencer to say whatever is that she wants to say and leave it for the bloggers and tweeters to puzzle over what point she was attempting to make.