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September 18, 2015

I’ll do funny things if you want me to, I’m your puppet

Filed under: Alameda, City Council, Crime — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Based on the posting from Mayor Trish Spencer’s nominee, we finally know why Jim Oddie abstained on the appointment as opposed to an outright “no” or “yes” vote:

​Since DMHC is a state agency, Jim Oddie has been helping me, via Rob Bonta’s office, to try and get a response from DMHC. Yay, Jim Oddie!

Jim Oddie is Rob Bonta’s District Director, and Rob Bonta is the Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, Jim Oddie’s office has been helping me deal with this state agency. Even though I will disagree with his positions at times, our district is ​fortunate to have the leader of this powerful committee as our State Assemblyman.

But even after watching the City Council meeting, it’s not clear why Tony “elections have consequences” Daysog decided to go ahead with not only voting for the nominee, but also seconding the motion.

Let me actually clarify what happened, because technically there has not been an up or down vote yet for Carol Gottstein.  The first vote taken was to approve the entire roster of Mayoral nominees.  That vote ended in the 2 – 2 – 1 split.  Trish Spencer and Tony Daysog as “yes” votes.  Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft and Frank Matarrese as “no” votes and the abstention from Jim Oddie.

Then a second motion was made to approve everyone but Carol Gottstein which was an unanimous vote so technically, since Carol Gottstein was not not approved, Trish Spencer could offer her name up for consideration at another City Council meeting.  It will be interesting to see if Trish Spencer decides to double down on that one.

The awful thing about this is that — even according to Carol Gottstein’s statement — is that Trish Spencer knew about this and chose to move forward with the nomination even though she knew there was a chance that the information would end up seeing the light of day during this confirmation process. While she may not think that it reflects poorly on her (it does) it certainly shows a supreme lack of judgment to reward someone’s bad behavior.

It is additionally unfortunate that Tony Daysog, in being “satisfied” with the explanation that was given to him by Carol Gottstein, appears to not support the City staff people whose privacy was violated by this act.  Typically Tony Daysog has a mountain of words and excuses as to why he gets to the conclusion that he reaches even though — the majority of the time — the rationale is typically just rubber stamping whatever Trish Spencer wants.  Because much like elections, engaging in questionable behavior should also have consequences.  Tony Daysog apparently is loathe to enforce those consequences when it means that he has to vote opposite Trish Spencer on an issue that she feels great ownership of, like her nominations to a City Board and/or Commission.

Remember, this is a man who expects to earn our vote next year who wants to be known as a policy maker and a leader.  You can’t be known as policy maker if you are attempting to wait and see on important issues (like rent stabilization) and you won’t be known as a leader if all you do is allow someone to pull your strings.



  1. I voted for Tony for Mayor and in the last election and I am totally disappointed.

    Comment by Jake — September 18, 2015 @ 7:31 am

  2. Pretty sure “supreme lack of judgment” is Spencer’s middle name.

    Comment by JNT — September 18, 2015 @ 9:13 am

  3. I saw Tony Daysog in action at one City Council meeting and left convinced Alameda deserves better. He will never get my vote again.

    Comment by Larry Witte — September 18, 2015 @ 2:36 pm

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