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June 29, 2016

Parting gift

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

Monday night was Mike Henneberry’s last day on the Planning Board.  As part of Trish Spencer’s purge of the Boards and Commission of anyone who may not be 100% supportive of her pet issues, Mike Henneberry was not reappointed to the Planning Board and now joins the ranks of other Board members and Commissioners who have served faithfully like Eric Schatmeier and Dania Alvarez.

Mike Henneberry didn’t go quietly though, he took his final moments on the Planning Board to take a shot at Trish Spencer and others on the City Council (coughtonydaysogsough) who assume that their role is to rubber stamp the Mayor’s nominations as opposed to being a check to her decision making abilities.

Video here, but in general he talks about the discourse being lowered and the suspicions that have come up around staff and allegations of “hidden agendas.”

Here are some of the kickers:

Simple things like traffic reports, the numbers are questioned.  There aren’t enough facts for some people to face the facts.


When the Mayor makes appointments if she can’t figure out who’s a political opponent and who’s a good board member, that’s not acceptable.  And I’m not talking about me, I’m talking about Dania Alvarez.  And if there are members of the City Council that don’t have the nerve to take her on on bad decisions that’s not okay.


Word is that Trish Spencer was in the audience and was not pleased during these parting comments.


  1. The absence of applause was deafening. Was the mayor the only one in the audience?

    Comment by Not. A. Alamedan — June 29, 2016 @ 6:58 am

  2. Good by.

    Comment by A Neighbor — June 29, 2016 @ 8:18 am

  3. Was our former Mayor who appointed Mr. Henneberry to the Board also in the audience for the last meeting? What was her take on the comments?

    Comment by MP — June 29, 2016 @ 8:29 am

    • Nominated, I meant

      Comment by MP — June 29, 2016 @ 8:34 am

    • Our former mayor is long gone. Sold her house, left town, went to Livermore.

      Comment by vigi — June 29, 2016 @ 9:13 am

      • I should have thanked her for her service when I saw her at Asena a couple weeks ago, but she was dining with her husband and daughter and I just didn’t fell like interrupting their privacy.

        Comment by MI — June 29, 2016 @ 11:56 am

      • Gosh, for Livermore? Despite every political organization, labor group, blogger, and newspaper in town endorsing her, donating money and loving her, and only losing by 127 votes? What message is that intended to send about her deep feelings for the welfare of Alameda?

        Comment by Captain Obvious — June 29, 2016 @ 1:22 pm

        • C.O. you and vigi want a loyalty oath that says a candidate swears to be buried here or they aren’t a real Alamedan ? Signed in blood no doubt.You have no idea what other life circumstances effected her decision and no business speculating.

          Comment by MI — June 29, 2016 @ 5:29 pm

  4. I am glad that Henneberry made the remarks that he did — they needed to be said by a prominent Alamedan, not just the peanut gallery. And this is just me — I’m happier that the current mayor got to hear them live.

    Which former mayor has moved to Livermore? Gilmore or Johnson?

    Comment by Dya — June 29, 2016 @ 1:46 pm

  5. This post should have been titled “Mike drop”

    Comment by BMac — June 29, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

  6. MI, you can tell you’re a rookie. There are no graveyards in Alameda.

    Comment by Jack — June 29, 2016 @ 6:28 pm

  7. I for one will miss Mayor Gilmore. She was our first African American Mayor and she served our community well. She was well educated, articulate, experienced and worked well with even those she disagreed with, and she did it with such grace. She was a wonderful role model for all women, including myself. She accomplished many things during her term as Mayor, and I and many others will always appreciate the many contributions she made to our community.

    So thank you Mayor Gilmore — and best wishes to you and your family.

    Comment by Karen Bey — June 29, 2016 @ 8:14 pm

  8. It’s called politics, folks – Gilmore played the same game as our current mayor, she was just more subtle about it. Working in city government anywhere is not a democracy, it’s a blood sport (it’s even worse in Oakland). The fact is: our previous mayor was in the back pocket of the Carl-Rove-Like Fire Fighters Union and some unsavory development groups, where our current mayor is not. Haters gonna hate.

    Comment by Massive Johnson — June 30, 2016 @ 8:38 am

    • Do you favor government financing or self-financing of campaigns? Even Spencer’s lawn signs cost $4/piece.

      Comment by Cindy — July 1, 2016 @ 4:49 pm

  9. Gilmore’s service was doubled edged. Her work with Russo became more and more disappointing, but her over all service was just that, service. I met her more than once for coffee to discus my issues and she was accessible. It’s not that I’m in denial or anything, I just don’t want to talk about the influence of unions at the moment. Spencer is simply confused and by comparison less than competent.

    Right Jack, you busted me. BTW- are all REAL Alamedans cremated, or is there a special plot somewhere in San Leandro ?

    Comment by MI — June 30, 2016 @ 9:17 am

  10. Real alamedans never die they resurrect into zombies and hide out in blogs

    Comment by jack — June 30, 2016 @ 10:50 am

  11. Mayor Spencer met and greeted even more of her constituents as she waited in line for hours with the rest of us for Alameda Theater Warriors tickets every day of the Finals. Most accessible mayor ever!

    Comment by vigi — June 30, 2016 @ 11:56 am

    • Not sure that counts as meaningful accessibility. She was out front of the theater goofily grinning at disappointed fans (“Who the hell was that?” I heard someone ask) after the final loss. But she doesn’t reply to emails from people who disagree with her.

      Comment by BC — July 1, 2016 @ 1:41 pm

  12. Yeh but she hasn’t shown up at Rock Wall since Jeff Smith and I grilled her about the ferry in the lagoon.

    Comment by Jack — June 30, 2016 @ 7:47 pm

  13. Or was it about the fairy in the spittoon.

    Comment by jack — July 1, 2016 @ 10:09 am

  14. Now you’re sounding like a zombie hiding out in a blog, Jack. Or is it a bog?

    Did you get your invitation to the Seaplane Lagoon Celebration yet? Be sure to RSVP if you need to reserve a kayak. It’s free.

    Comment by vigi — July 1, 2016 @ 10:47 am

  15. Typical Alameda notice, doesn’t mention the date on the link. Probably went into the spittoon at the bottom of the lagoon.

    Comment by jack — July 2, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    • You’re right it doesn’t. The email subject line said July 23.

      Comment by vigi — July 2, 2016 @ 2:08 pm

  16. Having served with Eric Schatmeier on the Transportation Commission long ago, I can attest to the truth of Mike Henneberry’s charge that our current mayor, Trish Spencer, is apparently unable or unwilling to recognize dedicated public servants who bring professionalism and skill to their roles on our boards and commissions, even when the evidence is right in front of her nose. I do not always agree with Mike, who is a friend, but I agree with his points about the mayor’s failure to reappoint qualified and capable volunteers.

    Eric Schatmeier (at the Transportation Commission and its predecessor, the Public Transit Commission) and Dania Alvarez (on the Planning Board) were consistently well prepared for meetings, always asked insightful and challenging questions, and offered creative ideas to both staff and the community. Every substantive measure recommended their unanimous renomination and reappointment: of course, she did just the opposite, disregarding decades of professional expertise in each case.

    We have seen that our mayor easily disregards logic and reason in many of her decisions. I suppose we should not be surprised at her consistency in failing to renominate citizens who have spent years serving as extremely effective members of our boards and commissions and have represented Alameda’s best interests…

    I spoke with Marie and Rodney Gilmore last week about their move: they like the warmer weather and the wineries in and around Livermore, and Rodney’s commute will be easier, too. Marie said its was “time to move on,” and I wish her well. She, too, served Alameda very well: she was the best mayor of Alameda since my arrival here in 1997, bar none. She brought dedication, leadership skills, intelligence, wit, and diplomatic tact to the mayor’s office and was always accessible. She did not deserve the lies ands mud thrown at her, either.

    We have choices we can make in November to help right the ship in Alameda and start repairing the recent harm done to our community. I hope we are collectively wise enough to put Alameda back on a more stable course.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — July 5, 2016 @ 9:29 am

  17. Personally I love Livermore. I would live there over Alameda if the commute was better. Less politics, nice neighborhoods, ectj. Alameda nice but it not the only nice place in the Bay Area. The best thing Alameda has going for it is the commute and schools.

    Comment by Jake — July 5, 2016 @ 3:24 pm

  18. Alameda has one of the world’s most comfortable climates. No need for air conditioning, nor for a heavy coat. The weather here is expensive but it’s worth it. Livermore is an oven.

    Comment by Sigmund Freud — July 5, 2016 @ 5:15 pm

  19. Jon, why don’t you and Jake coattail your livers and move to Gilmore.

    Comment by jack — July 6, 2016 @ 9:53 am

  20. Jack unlike you I don’t drink. Plus the commute is too far. I was just saying Alameda isn’t the only nice place in the Bay Area.

    Comment by Jake — July 6, 2016 @ 10:12 am

  21. Jake, stay cloistered if you can’t tell the difference between a coat and a cock.

    Comment by jack — July 6, 2016 @ 1:03 pm

  22. Jack what the hell…no wonder no one likes you. I every time I seen you, you are at a bar by yourself. Why don’t you pull your head out of your ass so you can breath.

    Comment by Jake — July 7, 2016 @ 11:37 am

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