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August 23, 2016

The cheese stands alone

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

First off I would like to say the Steven Tavares article was not that bad.  I mean, the first page with the cliff hanger was a lot more gasp worthy because it could have been any number of horrible things on the next pages, but honestly, it was pretty straightforward and could have gone into a lot more detail.  In fact, I’m sort of hoping that Steven Tavares starts throwing up some of the referenced emails up on his blog site after the article goes live on Alameda Magazine’s website.

Also, thanks to the person who sent it to me so I didn’t have to make a trip to get it.  It’s been a busy weekend and busy Monday between prep for back to school and the first day of school.

If you haven’t read it go to the library or something and read it.  For those that have read it, click on.

This article was pretty jam packed with some questionable behavior on the part of Trish Spencer.   Here’s the thing, it’s not really THAT surprising.  I mean, right?  Trish Spencer not understanding her role as Mayor and therefore overstepping her role, it was inevitable.

And that’s probably the reason why that particular City Charter Section was cited fairly liberally in the email from City Manager Jill Keimach to Trish Spencer.  It would appear that issue had been percolating for a while, but the two big incidents that were cited in the article are fairly egregious examples.

The first incident has to do with intervening in a neighbor dispute where one neighbor was unhappy with how a police officer handled the incident.  (Tangent: I’m fairly sure this incident happened in my neighborhood by the way.) Oh and that police officer just happened to be the same one that is on record as the officer who arrested the Mayor’s husband for a DUI.   After all it’s not clear what specific interest Trish Spencer would have in what essentially was a neighbor to neighbor dispute other than the fact that the responding police officer just happened to be the same officer in a potentially embarrassing case involving her spouse.  The unanswered questions regarding that particular case is what happened, if anything, regarding the alleged DUI.  It feels as if there was a bit of dancing around that specific topic which may suggest that there may be more to this story that is not publicly available.

According to the reporter, Trish Spencer only response to questions about this incident was that it was a “fabrication.”  As with the emails between Trish Spencer and Jill Keimach I suppose it’s a question of who do you believe.  Trish Spencer who stands alone and says it’s a “fabrication”?  Or the emails and interviews, including an interview with the random neighbor who had the good fortune of complaining at the right time and right place?

Then the whole Frank Bette Center intervention regarding the code enforcement red tagging the building.  That was really too much.

On a whole it would appear that Trish Spencer has the attitude that everyone else is incompetent and that she is the only one equipped to handle anything for the whole City of Alameda.  Problem is, she’s overstepping her role as policymaker and treading on territory that is beyond her scope and her abilities.

 

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9 Comments »

  1. On a whole it would appear that Barack Obama has the attitude that everyone else is incompetent and that he is the only one equipped to handle anything for the whole Nation of the United States. Problem is, he’s overstepping his role as policymaker and treading on territory that is beyond his scope and isr abilities.

    Seems to be part of the Democrat DNA.

    Comment by jack — August 23, 2016 @ 9:23 am

    • Jack, are you saying Lauren, like Melania T, plagiarized her blog post about Trish from some already-published post about Obama? Sounds about right.

      Comment by vigi — August 24, 2016 @ 9:16 am

  2. Anyone scrambling for a copy of Alameda mag, I’ve got one. Trade it for a decent bottle of bourbon
    dave

    Also, thanks to the person who sent it to me so I didn’t have to make a trip to get it.

    You got your white label, eh dave?

    Comment by jack — August 23, 2016 @ 9:36 am

    • negative

      Comment by dave — August 23, 2016 @ 9:55 am

      • In the name of fiscal responsibility and all, I stood firm at Rebel Yell. It’s “defiantly smooth”. I like Tavares. You have to let the point of view air out a bit, but there are hints of humor and notes of satire along the way. He had a good one recently about people “dying” to make endorsements in the City Council race.

        Comment by MP — August 24, 2016 @ 8:24 am

        • Of course you like Tavares. You like fiction, don’t you?

          Comment by vigi — August 24, 2016 @ 9:14 am

        • who needs fiction this year?

          Comment by MP — August 24, 2016 @ 7:56 pm

  3. You’re welcome Lauren, hadn’t been for me you’d had zilch comments.

    Comment by jack — August 23, 2016 @ 7:23 pm

  4. She’s a train wreck. Anything we can do to stop her besides waiting another 2 years?

    Comment by Jen — August 23, 2016 @ 8:41 pm


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