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August 15, 2016

Born to run

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

Here I thought we were at the end of our recycled City Council members between Tony Daysog and Frank Matarrese but now Lena Tam is the third former City Councilmember to want back on the City Council.

Thanks to Mike McMahon’s helpful guide we have the final roster of candidate for the City of Alameda races:


I have to say even though I like Lena Tam I’m not thrilled that she’s running because of the possible spoiler factor.  I’m pretty satisfied with Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft’s performance on the City Council thus far and am intrigued by the possibility of having a dynamic personality like Malia Vella on the Council.  There might be some overlap between Tony Daysog and Lena Tam supporters but little if any overlap between folks who will be supportive of Jennifer Roloff.

What should be interesting though is the the prospective of some competition in the City Treasurer and City Auditor races. Even though the Kevins probably have a lot of institutional support and a ton of name recognition, it’s a good time for a public airing of the actual roles of those positions.  I’ve been pretty clear that I think that there has been a bit of an expansion of the roles from the charter stated duties over the years and I’m guessing that a lot of folks aren’t really clear what the actual job duties of either position entail.  To have that conversation and discussion after years of stagnation will be helpful.

A more wide open race will be that of the School Board as it appears that two out of the three incumbents have decided to not run for reelection:


Not only that a former Superintendent and current former charter school Board Member has thrown her hat in the ring which should make for interesting politics if she is elected.  Expect there to be some money behind her run to balance out the labor backing of the only incumbent currently on the ballot.  We’ll see if anyone else decides to make a go for it given the deadline extension.


  1. Gray is a sure thing with fire Union and teacher support…
    McMahon is turning into perennial candidate with a whimsical campaign…
    Dailey Implemented nothing as superintendent – but undoubtedly will get union support….
    Tam should go away…

    There will be a big voter turnout- who will send out attack mailers first? Count on Tam.

    Comment by Captain Obvious — August 15, 2016 @ 6:51 am

  2. 1. on that last one. can you refresh our memories on precedent for that substantiates that ?

    Comment by MI — August 15, 2016 @ 9:31 am

  3. 1: My money would NOT be on Lena Tam to send out the first negative or “attack mailers,” but the fall campaign will be very interesting at both the City Council and Board of Education….

    We also have key parcel tax and bond measures on the November ballot, not the least of which is the $3.5 billion BART infrastructure bond measure that will enable BART to update its 1970s-era power supply, track, and train control systems to meet current and future demand….

    Comment by Jon Spangler — August 15, 2016 @ 10:09 am

    • More info here:

      Comment by Jon Spangler — August 15, 2016 @ 10:30 am

      • Bart does need the money and we do need Bart so I will most likely vote yes.

        But Bart has very poor timing and shows little regard for its supporting taxpayers. Their bloated pay packages and especially their recent strike do not inspire confidence or good feelings.

        Comment by dave — August 15, 2016 @ 10:50 am


      Publish their pay scale and they’ll be lucky to get 1/3rd of the votes.

      Comment by jack — August 15, 2016 @ 1:56 pm

      • BART has THE most bloated pay of any public agency that I’m aware of, but the last strike ended abruptly when union demands were suddenly met after the stupid management killed a couple track maintenance workers while they were essentially training them to be scabs. How much did that wrongful death suit cost the public ? When people gotta get to work it’s they are easy prey.

        Comment by MI — August 15, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

        • No, it’s the home owners who are easy prey since they’ll be paying the bill.

          Comment by jack — August 15, 2016 @ 5:12 pm

  4. If you are interested in reading the candidate statements for each of the City races you can get them here:

    Comment by Mike McMahon — August 15, 2016 @ 6:38 pm

  5. Although I heard from a former DO staff member that Dailey did nothing but play Solitaire on the district office computers during her time as superintendent, she did implement the closure and consolidation of 3 Title 1 schools. No student has ever been helped by closing their neighborhood school, and I do feel these closures (and the aftermath) have shown very poor decision making.

    Ardella Dailey is now clearly running to represent the interests of charter schools. It’s going to be very interesting to keep an eye on her campaign contributors; “outsiders with deep pockets” (pro-charter super PACs ) have been attempting to control and influence local school board elections at an increasingly alarming rate:

    Click to access 140308-MPSA_Outsiders%20with%20Deep%20Pocke.pdf

    You can read here about how grassroots groups fought back recently in Tennessee, after the national pro-charter group “Stand For Children” inserted itself and its money in their local BOE race:

    We can’t let outside, national groups buy into our local school boards and influence outcomes for our students.

    Comment by Jane Grimaldi — August 18, 2016 @ 11:05 am

  6. The ballot for local races has been finalized with school board candidate list completed on Wednesday evening. There will be six candidates on the ballot with two incumbents Barbara Kahn and Phil Hu NOT running for reelection.

    In addition, in a randomized drawing held today by Secretary of State office, the ballot position for all local races has been set. To view the ballot position of candidates for the November election go here:

    Comment by Mike McMahon — August 18, 2016 @ 6:54 pm

  7. While most press coverage will focus on first pre-election campaign finance reports filed at the end of September, the real story starts with the mid-year filings. In the mid-year filings, candidates do the majority of their fund raising. Therefore if voters really want to understand where a candidate gets their money an examination of the mid-year filings are the best source of information. Here is a link to a recap of mid-year filings for the November 2016 election.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — August 20, 2016 @ 9:49 am

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