Possibly more puzzling than the pushback on the Food and Beverage lease at Alameda Point was drama that occurred over the Matson lease. Matson, for those that are not aware, is a current sublessee at a building on Spirits Alley right now. They currently want to stay at Alameda Point and staff believed that another building near to the planned WETA facility would be a better fit for Matson because (1) the area is designated as the “Enterprise Zone” aka commercial/industrial zone and (2) the building is in a Tidelands area which means that it can only be used for some sort of maritime use.
Matson, also for those that are unaware, is a pretty big time shipping company and an American flagged business. Also, that building has $500,000 worth of repairs to the roof alone. The use by Matson for those Alameda site is for repairs only and not actual logistics, so no unloading and loading of a zillion trucks.
With those sets of facts, let me lay out the objections by two of the City Council members. Tony Daysog launched out of the gate by saying he was against the lease because of his dislike of stacked containers. Even though Matson and staff reassured the Council that there either would not be stacked containers or the fence shielding would cover the containers, Tony Daysog was unmoved. Even though Tony Daysog believes that there is “too much housing” and he wants to encourage business, but I guess not an established American shipping company that fits in with the maritime use and the historic use of the site. That kind of business is unwelcome to Tony Daysog.
As an aside, clearly Tony Daysog is in full campaign mode because nearly every single question and comment about every issue was drafted ahead of time. So rather than speaking off the cuff he was reading from his laptop. I mean, it’s good because then he can avoid saying things like there “too much housing” and “elections have consequences” but it’s a bit surreal when you realize what he’s doing.
It was after Tony Daysog firm stance against the project that Trish Spencer decided that she was going to attempt to extract concessions from this developer to appear to do something since she would be the 4th vote.
This was a particularly telling clip where Trish Spencer was insisting that because she was the possible 4th swing vote that it was important that only she get to ask questions because everyone else had made their minds up so that she could “negotiate” with the lessee:
It’s really important to note the physicality in this video: the flailing arms, the shoving back in the chair. You know what’s not very mayoral? Pushing your chair back in a fit of pique and overshoving so you have to scootch your chair back up the the dias to be in microphone range.
Despite Trish Spencer’s insisting that she needed to be persuaded for her fourth vote through on-the-dais negotiations, in the end it was clear she — as usual — was useless at driving any sort of change, even when she technically had the leverage of a swing vote. And she still doesn’t understand the whole concept of consensus building and — instead — believes that the only vote and voice that matters is her own. That’s not governance or leadership.