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August 24, 2016

It’s not safe

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

The gift that keeps on giving for Alameda focused journalists and bloggers everywhere: Trish Spencer.  Shockingly though the Trish apologists seem to be fairly quiet these days because it’s really hard to defend the indefensible.

Steven Tavares who wrote the now infamous Alameda Magazine piece also has access to the whole unedited video that was taped of Trish Spencer talking about what she loves about Alameda and endorsing the Utility Modernization Act.  The shocking thing about the whole unedited video is how difficult it is for Trish Spencer to talk about what she likes about Alameda which should be easy for the Mayor of a city.  It should be the talking point that you prepare prior to an appointment to film a piece for use by the City of Alameda.

But even worse than not knowing what she likes about the City of Alameda is the fact that after saying that she liked the safe schools, Trish Spencer immediately back tracked, said that the schools are not safe and chortled about it as though the thought of the schools in Alameda being safe was some huge joke.

I wish I was exaggerating about that characterization:

It’s unclear about what exactly is so unsafe about our schools that is so hilarious to Trish Spencer when she described it as “safe.”

It should be no surprise to folks that Trish Spencer has come out against the renewal parcel tax, has signed the ballot argument against the parcel tax with Alameda luminaries such as David Howard and Leland Traiman.



  1. What I saw in this video is someone who is having a lot of fun being Mayor– but doesn’t really understand her role as Mayor. I just did a huge post about what I thought the role of the Mayor is – and we’re not even close. I don’t think I heard her mention the word “jobs”.

    I get it when she says – she loves Alameda and wants to protect the quality of life here on the Island. But it’s important to do the things we need to do to strengthen our economic base so it can sustain and support our quality of life.

    These things just don’t happen by accident – it takes work and it’s a collaborative effort.

    Comment by Karen Bey — August 24, 2016 @ 7:26 am

  2. I’m sure she’ll do a Trump and say she was “just joking.”

    Comment by Jack Mingo — August 24, 2016 @ 7:56 am

  3. The renewal parcel tax measure Trish now opposes would extend the term of the current school parcel tax, without increasing taxes by a single penny. She voted for the current school parcel tax when she was on the school board.

    It’s offensive that any Mayor would laugh dismissively as does about the schools.

    It’s unconscionable that she’s now actively working to cut essential local funding currently in place for the schools. She should be supporting Alameda youth, especially disadvantaged youth. She’s doing the opposite. Yuck.

    Comment by Yuck — August 24, 2016 @ 8:07 am

  4. How about a Hillary and just deny what she did.

    Comment by Free Speech — August 24, 2016 @ 11:49 am

  5. Anytime she upsets liberals (which is 100% of the time) she’s doing what she was elected to do.

    Comment by jack — August 24, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

    • I’m not so sure. She has her base of pitchfork-wavers but quite a few people voted for her because she seemed friendly and approachable, not because she was a fire-breathing conservative. Attacking Spencer’s dreadful school-board record was not part of Gilmore’s campaign (such as it was). She won’t get a free pass again. This is a liberal city, like it or not.

      Comment by BC — August 24, 2016 @ 3:53 pm

      • Depends on who runs against her. It’s a Democrat city but still has plenty of the Kennedy kind.

        Comment by jack — August 24, 2016 @ 5:13 pm

        • I wish our Alameda Ike/Nixon-type Republicans were more vocal, not just leaving it to the Alameda Tea-Partyers

          Comment by CD — August 25, 2016 @ 8:30 am

  6. I’m new-ish around here, but I have to say that I am just completely, utterly mystified at how Trish Spencer can oppose the parcel tax measure. Shouldn’t every single parent in Alameda be up in arms about this position? I have school-age kids and am horrified at her response here.

    Comment by Alameda Mom — August 24, 2016 @ 3:10 pm

  7. Being horrified about Trish’s position is an appropriate response, including by many people who voted for her, since her campaign for Mayor gave no indication she’d prioritize laughing about and trashing the schools if elected.

    The fact that the Mayor signed the official ballot argument in opposition to the parcel tax renewal suggests she might campaign actively against it this fall. If she does, I sure hope she will be crystal clear with voters that she signed that argument using her “Mayor” title only for identification and hope she will not mislead anyone by indicating or implying that she’s doing any of that in an official capacity as a representative of the City of Alameda.

    Comment by Yuck — August 24, 2016 @ 5:17 pm

  8. It’s unfortunate that a selected group of citizens in this city have been shouldered with the responsibility of providing funding for public schools instead of having all citizens provide funding.

    Comment by jack — August 24, 2016 @ 5:39 pm

  9. It should be noted that state law requires school parcel taxes to be uniform and without classification. This tax is neither. No wonder she has opposed it.

    Comment by Ed Hirahberg — August 24, 2016 @ 6:14 pm

  10. I notice the Spencer fans have been very quiet recently on all blogs. Hmmm. Are they rethinking their position? Or huddling for a big attack? I’m guessing a big attack Trump style – filled with lies, rhetoric, and bullying.

    Comment by Eyeroll — August 24, 2016 @ 7:11 pm

  11. Eyecrossed, position on what? I think Spencer is solid until 2018.

    Comment by jack — August 24, 2016 @ 8:22 pm

  12. Their position or rather support of her. I wouldn’t be so sure she’s “safe”. Chatter on socoal media is questioning their votes. IF a recall happens I am not sure she’d survive. And I wonder if she can be re-elected. Yes she has a fan base, but cracks are starting to show.

    Comment by Eyeroll — August 24, 2016 @ 9:20 pm

    • A recall is a terrible idea for the city, signals instability. Better to endure, deal with a lot of 4-1 votes, and elect someone more competent in 2018.

      Comment by gaylon parsons — August 24, 2016 @ 9:51 pm

  13. What does Steven Tavares claim as his credentials as an interviewer, videographer, editor or journalist?

    His video productions are childish, amateurish and clearly biased against the mayor.

    He did nothing to show Trish in a good light.

    For example, why did he not edit out her walking over to the window? A few simple clicks would have deleted those from the finished product?

    Why keep repeating the same questions over and over, and then including all of them in the finished product on youtube to be seen around the globe?

    There is absolutely no legitimate reason to post the entire 17:58 minute interview on youtube.

    Why would anyone else ever agree to be “interviewed” by this hack?

    Comment by A Neighbor — August 24, 2016 @ 10:05 pm

    • That was the full unedited version of the interview that was conducted with Trish Spencer for the UMA video. I believe that it is available to anyone who puts in a public records request if you ask the City.

      Comment by Lauren Do — August 25, 2016 @ 6:09 am

      • What purpose does publishing all the takes/retakes/retakes of an interview/video serve? The reason there is an “edit” button is just that–to edit something out of the finished product.

        What does Steven Taveres claim as his credentials as an interviewer, videographer, editor or journalist?

        Does he always publish his rough drafts of everything that has his byline or credit line?

        Comment by A Neighbor — August 25, 2016 @ 9:15 am

        • It’s newsworthy because (1) it shows the Mayor of the City of Alameda unable to articulate what she loves about Alameda, (2) doesn’t understand the basics of the actual issue she’s being tasked to talk about, (3) shows a major flip flop on the part of the Mayor who endorsed the UMA and then decided to un-endorse and write in her ballot argument the exact opposite thing she said in the video, (4) contains the context of the “schools are not safe” clip which I’m sure if he didn’t post the full version people would be accusing him of selective editing…need I go on?

          Comment by Lauren Do — August 25, 2016 @ 9:20 am

        • Tavares didn’t make the video, the city had it done. Think about that for a minute. This is the best the videographer could get out of the mayor, knowing that his paycheck depended on making her look good.

          Comment by notadave — August 25, 2016 @ 11:04 am

    • What on earth made you think Tavares was the interviewer??

      Comment by BC — August 25, 2016 @ 11:50 am

      • Steven Tavares wrote the article in Alameda magazine, correct? The unedited video is on youtube on his account.

        I’ll repeat the question: What does Steven Tavares claim as his credentials as an interviewer, videographer, editor or journalist?

        Comment by A Neighbor — August 25, 2016 @ 10:11 pm

        • Wow, you really still think he’s the interviewer and videographer? There are no stupid questions, only stupid….

          Comment by BC — August 26, 2016 @ 8:19 am

  14. Was it wrong of the waiter who captured Mr. Romney’s remarks, not meant to be heard outside of his speech to like thinkers to publish them on youtube? They provided a lot of information about how he really thought to those considering voting for him. That waiter was not a journalist, but he provided something valuable to consider. Sometimes the raw is more real than the edited.

    Comment by Kate Quick — August 25, 2016 @ 9:27 am

  15. 3. we don’t really know how Trish voted on parcel tax on her personal ballot. She voted to put it on the ballot, but she did a lot of equivocating like maybe she did it because of political pressure. It is not fair to compare her to Trump because he is a cynical pathological liar. He has no core. Trish on the other hand would like to have a coherent core, but she can’t figure out which end is up.

    Comment by MI — August 25, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

    • She was decidedly lukewarm about Measure H in ’08 also. If she did endorse it it was a penstroke only, she didn’t really support it.

      Comment by dave — August 25, 2016 @ 6:28 pm

  16. Re: Safe?

    Seem to me that there was an incident in LD’s back yard ar Ruby Bridges that made her think perhaps there should be certain steps taken to make the campus safer.

    Comment by jack — August 29, 2016 @ 6:52 pm

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