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June 15, 2016

All quiet on the West End front

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Last week Mayor Trish Spencer was tasked with making nominations for a bunch of Boards and Commissions.  On the Transportation Commission front she did not re-nominate long time awesome Commissioner Eric Schatmeier which is a huge loss for the Transportation Commission, but she also didn’t nominate your favorite Transportation Engineer Eugenie Thomson.  Instead she picked someone else entirely who works for a company that does something around toll booths.  Not the most inspired choice from a well rounded all modes of transportation perspective, but then again, not Eugenie Thomson either.

As predicted for the Planning Board she also didn’t reappoint Mike Henneberry either who has not been reticent about being publicly critical of Trish Spencer.  She appointed a person who works, apparently, in some sort of finance.  Not the most inspired choice.  Here is one of the biggest problems though with representation on the Planning Board though that the latest appointment does nothing to address.   Currently there are no West End residents on the Planning Board even though a significant amount of the major projects that will be under review are west Grand and west of Webster.

Right now, there’s only one Board Member that lives west of Grand, none that live west of Webster Street.   There were several options on that list of West End residents — off the top of my head I can count four without having to google anyone — including Karen Bey who would also have brought much needed racial diversity to the Board as well as knowledge about development in general.   There were, however, some mayoral sycophants in that West End list that would have been problematic from an appointment standpoint since the both of them have come out to City Council meetings to talk about how great Trish Spencer is and how everything else is terrible.

But, there were two solid West End options that could have brought a West End perspective from a Board that is dominated by East End and Bay Farm members.   It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that the West End gets shortchanged when it comes to fair recognition in this City.



  1. I don’t see YOUR name on the list of people offering their names in nomination for anything. Have you ever tried to actually become involved in the city government you criticize? if you think the West End is so profoundly lacking in representation, why not toss your hat into the ring?

    Just because you don’t know anything about a nominee does not mean they are “not an inspired choice”. You are so anti-progressive.

    Comment by vigi — June 15, 2016 @ 9:01 am

    • Vigi,

      It’s not her fault . It’s our fault for wanting to read a bored hous wife’s diary .

      Comment by Master blaster — June 15, 2016 @ 4:02 pm

      • Kinda mean. I read this to learn what our newspapers don’t cover. Thanks, Lauren, for your contributions to the city.

        Comment by Larry Witte — June 15, 2016 @ 9:38 pm

      • MB, Lauren works you pud. Also you need to learn to proof read because almost every one of your posts has some skipped letter or misspelling. But who is surprised that Trish would have an illiterate moron among her minions ?

        Comment by MI — June 16, 2016 @ 9:08 am

  2. I think you mean Eugenie Thomson, P.E. She’s very careful to append these sacred initials to her name.

    Comment by BC — June 15, 2016 @ 10:30 am

  3. If you don’t like her decisions , run for mayor. That’s our mayor and I respect her for not putting the usual suspects in power. No Mike has more time to spend at the union hall.

    Comment by Master blaster — June 15, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

  4. The “Master Blaster?” Please what a squid.

    Comment by Mike Henneberry — June 16, 2016 @ 7:43 am

  5. All quiet. I never stopped yelling

    Dear Ms. Keimach

    The City of Alameda owns Woodstock Park. I have reasonable expectations from my neighboring property owners.

    Please address each of these issues substantially before you grift more money and public assets to for-profit and private organizations and then claim you don’t have money to deal them.

    1. Fourth of July

    In 2015, a riot took place in the Park after dark that involved aerial projectiles and improvised explosive devices. At dawn, fires were still smoldering in the Park. I removed an unexploded aerial projectile from the roof of my house. 2016 should not be lather, rinse, repeat.

    2. Commuter Schools

    Three commuter schools are located on the borders of the Park. My conversations with ARPD indicate that no written use agreement exists with these schools who collectively have “privatized” the Park.

    The commuter schools have used the Park for fundraising, for recreational activities before 9 am, and have amplified sound “in public” that could be heard more than 50 feet away. Despite community standards.

    Two year’s ago the City closed the Park for six months to install new turf costing $250,000. This turf has been destroyed by the intensity of the Park’s use. The commuter school’s are unique in that they apparently pay no fees for the Park’s use.

    3. Rats

    If the City put lids on trash cans in the Park and removed the ivy that is harboring an extensive rat population, neighbors would not have to be at the front-line in combatting this vector. If you would like I can provide evidence of this problem at any City Council meeting.

    4. Dice

    You can’t walk through the Park in the evening without encountering young men gambling, and drinking (public urination). I hope I don’t get caught in the cross-fire.

    5. Lights

    Several lights in the Park were vandalized several years ago and have not been repaired. Despite this fact, the City had the largesse to give $1 million of Park funds to a private organization, the Boys and Girls Club. An employee of the Boys and Girls Club who raped a woman on City property was arrested in Woodstock Park. The City does not have to wait until he completes his sentence to repair the lights.

    Comment by Gerard L. — June 16, 2016 @ 11:45 am

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