Blogging Bayport Alameda

August 29, 2016

“I followed a guy here”

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

For those that have not watched the entire unedited raw video of Mayor Trish Spencer talking about the UMA, you’re missing out.

You already saw the video of her talking about how unsafe the schools are, but that was just a snip of one of the many takes it took to get her to articulate what she loved about the City of Alameda.

You know the City she was elected to serve by a 120 vote margin.

Look, I get it, some people just aren’t that articulate.  I mean, I hate public speaking.  I hate speaking into cameras.  I hate anything that would put my physical being into the public eye.  That’s why I don’t do meetings, I don’t meet with people, and I don’t run for public office.

But some people love being in the public eye, they love people, attention and Trish Spencer is one of those types of people.  And she’s been around in the Alameda community service realm for a long time.   So you think it would be easy for her to spit out a few lines about why she loves Alameda.  Who knew it would be so darn hard.

It took Trish Spencer six separate takes to explain what she loves about Alameda.  Six. Separate. Takes.

At one point she literally just shrugs and offers “the views?” as a possible answer as though this is some random ass version of Family Feud and she’s being asked for the top six answers.

I would be sympathetically embarrassed for her, but then I remember I didn’t vote for her. And for a hyper local blogger, she’s a content dream come true.



  1. Hard to make a strong case against the Mayor being a fount of content, but today’s episode seems to be a re-run.

    Comment by MP — August 29, 2016 @ 7:23 am

  2. LD, is there anything you like about Alameda or is it just your hobby to disparage the city and selective populous?

    Comment by jack — August 29, 2016 @ 9:30 am

    • Jack, Lauren has made it clear on many occasions that she likes this community and your comment is gratuitous. (She is still here, remember.) Like many of us, Lauren has invested much of her time and energy into making Alameda a better place: every community, even “Mayberry,” has room for improvement.

      Unfortunately, it is abundantly clear to many of us who live in and love Alameda that the quality of its governance has suffered mightily since 2014. And anyone like Lauren who is helping people understand the extent of the dysfunction is serving the public interest by telling the truth.

      Lauren and others are helping people see the depth of the difficulties certain elected officials (and not just our mayor, either) have had in making decisions that move Alameda forward and respond rationally and appropriately to current issues such as the rental housing crisis. Ignoring the need for change and a return to more rational governance helps no one when some of our elected “emperors” are, figuratively speaking, wearing no clothes.

      I hope that the voters of Alameda will make wise choices on November 8 to help get our city back on track. We will be well served if at least one long-serving incumbent is replaced by a capable replacement in 2017, even if the mayor remains…

      Comment by Jon Spangler — August 29, 2016 @ 10:19 am

  3. Your right Jon, my comment was ‘gratuitous’, I didn’t charge a cent. And for every one of your ‘many of us’ who not only suffer but suffer ‘mightily’ I’ll find you ten Alamedans who are perfectly satisfied with the so called dis-functionality of elected leaders that Lauren so graciously is helping us understand.

    Comment by jack — August 29, 2016 @ 12:57 pm

  4. Why does anyone engage with Jack? It’s obvious what he’s doing.

    Comment by eyeroll — August 29, 2016 @ 7:20 pm

  5. Right, all you LD acolytes don’t engage me. You don’t have a chance.

    Comment by jack — August 29, 2016 @ 8:31 pm

  6. I’m not intimidated, just not as bored as you are Jack. But while I’m at it, I’m not a lock step LD acolyte either, even if we seem to agree most of the time. It’s just coincidence.

    Comment by MI — August 30, 2016 @ 5:40 pm

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