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October 14, 2016

Okay ladies now let’s get information

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

I’ll be totally honest between PTA/school stuff and the national election I have found it really difficult to concentrate on the local election, those two things have sucked up all available bandwidth that I have to offer.  But since absentee ballots have already gone out I figure that I should, at least, tell you all who I’m voting for in these local elections.

Much like for the national election, I’m not really — and have never really been — interested in whether a candidate is super likable or whether I could have a beer with the person.  I don’t want my elected officials to be just like me.  I particularly don’t want elected officials to have much less knowledge than I do about how, whatever level of, government works.  I’m a fan of hyper competent wonky people who know how to get the job done without too much of a required learning period.

I don’t believe that a “gut” or “good intentions” are a replacement for knowledge, experience, and the ability to balance out competing interests.  Simplistic sloganeering is not my cup of tea and I don’t want to be friends with elected officials.

So it should come as no surprise that I’m not voting for the person who entered the race because she failed to understand how an RFP works and has no idea how to make her slogan actually translate into real world solutions.   The first person I’m voting for for City Council is Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft.

I’m going to dispense with the tired construct of saying what you disagree with a candidate before then going on to say why you support that person as though that is evidence of thoughtfulness or something.  In general you probably will not agree with anyone 100% of the time.  I really can’t think of any person out there in the world, let alone a subset of people like elected officials, that I agree with 100%.  So saying something like “even though I disagree with blah for blah blah reason” should be wholly unnecessary.


I’m voting for Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft because she’s cares enough to make sure that she understands every nuance and detail of every agenda item that comes up before the City Council and then some.  Sure she can come off as a bit of a know-it-all, but as a fellow know-it-all I appreciate that she makes decisions and comes to conclusions from a place of deep knowledge and not from her gut feeling or what she feels is right.  I don’t need to be best friends with Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft, I just want to know that if I stop watching City Council meetings Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft is going to make the decisions with or without cameras and people present because that’s how she rolls.

The second person I’m voting for is Malia Vella.  She has shown that when faced with questions about complex issues that she, unlike some other newbie candidates, understands the issues and can answer with nuance and depth.  It would also be rather refreshing to have a relatively young person on the City Council.  I think the last time that happened was when Tony Daysog was elected the first time around, but his growth as a leader has been uninspiring.  Malia Vella might be a little bit too cozy with labor for some people, but it’s important to have a mix of backgrounds on the City Council to balance out the hardliners with more sympathetic ears.

In another election I would have been strongly behind Lena Tam as well.  She’s a pretty good mix between both Malia Vella and Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft however this year it’s a race between two unacceptable candidates: Tony Daysog and Jennifer Roloff vs two really strong candidates that will bring a lot of depth and knowledge to the City Council that I fear that Lena Tam may act as a bit of spoiler pulling much needed votes away from both Malia Vella and Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft.

For City Council: Malia Vella and Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft.


  1. Malia “North Korea” Vella claims to be for renters, but why is she hiding her relationship with Mary G Garlit, a proclaimed REAL ESTATE MONARCH who allegedly owns property IN MULTIPLE STATES including a BUNGALOW in HAWAII. This is TYPICAL lieberal double-talk and THE ALAMEDA ELITE WILL NOT STAND FOR IT. Vote Jennifer “Roll out, renters” Roloff for mayer.

    Comment by Rodney — October 14, 2016 @ 7:16 am

  2. I agree generally with your comments about Marilyn Ashcraft. She usually has balanced and well-informed take on things, agree with her or not.

    For balanced and well-informed, Malia Vella’s recent mailer – see link — re Tony Daysog falls short. I know this is politics, and there is plenty of room for fair criticism of his vote on the Westmont development – an issue that was discussed in some detail on this blog. But the hardball play to paint it as a vote against local seniors is either mis-informed or mis-informing.

    Comment by MP — October 14, 2016 @ 8:27 am

    • If you read the link you provided, you’ll find that it was an independent prefer, not a Vella piece. Having seen the Vella mailer, it’s clear they were five by different people.

      Comment by jkw — October 14, 2016 @ 8:54 am

    • sorry MP, but “Alameda Merry go round” is about as fair & balanced as “Fox News”. Mr. Daysog voted against a form of senior housing, Its just that simple.

      Comment by John P. — October 14, 2016 @ 8:58 am

      • I hear you, but I thought the mailer (and pardon my error for blaming it on Ms Vella instead of the independent expenditure group) — like the earlier op-ed by the Planning Board member who was recused from voting — implied that the development had some special benefit for resident Alameda seniors in particular (set asides, discounts, reserved spaces for current Alameda residents, etc.). I don’t think it would have.

        Comment by MP — October 14, 2016 @ 9:20 am

      • Alameda MGR on this topic, is an excellent fact-checker. Mr. Daysog voted against a form of senior housing that was not permitted in that Administrative Professional zone. As a former Planning Board member, Piziali, I’m surprised you either don’t know that or find it irrelevant. Senior housing is a residential use. This particular Westmont senior housing, even if it was permitted in that zone, is not for poor frail elderly. It is very expensive. You would have to be a very wealthy senior to buy in there. That is only one way in which this mailer is misleading.

        The second is the clear implication that Westmont is some sort of senior center like Mastick. It is nothing like Mastick. Mastick is free for all seniors, and benefits many poor and homeless ones. Seniors of all economic backgrounds mix at Mastick. Mastick provides great benefits to the community at large.

        Westmont would only be for the people who could afford to live there, and to bring profit to the developer. Not exactly a community resource. Daysog was correct in giving it the thumbs down.

        Comment by vigi — October 14, 2016 @ 9:42 am

  3. Wow Rodney-I take total offense to your RACIST remark implying Malia is “north korea”. What does that have to do with lauren’s post? Your comment was off the cuff and contains no merit or validity. Why don’t you try mentioning Malia’s “knowledge, experience, and the ability to balance out competing interests”?

    Comment by Rich — October 14, 2016 @ 8:27 am

    • Please elaborate on Malia Vella’s qualifications. What knowledge? What experience? What ability to balance out competing interests? She was raised in San Leandro. Went to an Oakland HS. Went to college at Wellesley. Went to law school in Santa Clara. So it is safe to say that she spent almost ALL of her formative years outside of Alameda.

      She has worked in the office of Bill Quirk. Does Bill Quirk represent Alameda? Has Bill Quirk ever represented Alameda? Nope and nope.

      Who is Bill Quirk? He represents the 20th assembly district. The 20th Assembly District includes the cities of Hayward, Union City, the northern portion of Fremont and the unincorporated communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, San Lorenzo and Sunol. If Malia Vella wants a city council seat and if she has any political chops at all, why didn’t she run for office in one of the cities in Bill Quirk’s district, where she would be an asset to his constituents? At least Jim Oddie works in the office of the guy representing Alameda.

      Did I mention that Malia Vella is the only candidate to NOT endorse either rent control measure? Unable to take a stand. Long on generalities; short on specifics. Gutless wonder.

      Comment by vigi — October 14, 2016 @ 10:16 am

    • Rich I want to be clear that comment was not meant to be racist; I apologize if it came out that way. It was meant to imply that she wants to run Alameda like a prison camp. In this scenario, just to be clear, we are the prisoners. I’m not sure even our fine mayor would be able to put a stop to the MADNESS that would run rampant if JEALOUS VELLA was allowed to sit on our honored council.

      Comment by Rodney — October 14, 2016 @ 8:32 pm

  4. I like both of your choices, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft has a very strong background working on our cities issues, Hospital, Library, and City council. She is always prepared and one of her best attributes is listening to both side of an issue, hearing from people on both sides. As a person that spent over twenty years in a union, living in in pretty strong union area I have a hard time understanding why the very negative union attitude around here. Unions are here for a very good reason, to protect workers rights. So if you are in a union or receive a union pension, its kinda hypocritical to be against unions in my opinion. Malia Vella is an adjunct professor at Mills College (teacher), she represents a union as a Lawyer (protects workers). In my book those are good things.

    Comment by John P. — October 14, 2016 @ 8:28 am

  5. Now, who is funding Vella’s campaign, and in what amounts?

    Comment by A Neighbor — October 14, 2016 @ 8:54 am

  6. you can go to city of Alameda website and look it up yourself, its simple.

    Comment by John P. — October 14, 2016 @ 9:01 am

  7. It’s simple—

    Alamedans United –to support Mella and Ashcraft
    and oppose Daysog

    spent $6,392 for the glossy postcard smearing Daysog

    Now–who is/are Alamedans United?

    Comment by A Neighbor — October 14, 2016 @ 9:28 am

  8. My three votes are going to Daysog and Roloff, not that anybody cares but I like “no” voting candidates. Way too much progressive crap is polluting the Island.

    Comment by jack — October 14, 2016 @ 11:35 am

  9. Jack you weren’t born here nor did you attend Alameda public schools, so sorry but your vote won’t count.

    Comment by John P. — October 14, 2016 @ 1:05 pm

    • We should have been so lucky. If only born and schooled here Alamedian’s votes counted, the progressive crap would have never started polluting the Island.

      Comment by jack — October 14, 2016 @ 2:02 pm

      • Marilyn Ezzy was born & schooled here

        Comment by vigi — October 14, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

        • Ezzy was born in SF, grew up here.

          Comment by jack — October 14, 2016 @ 5:15 pm

  10. Are we called Alamedians or Alamedans?

    Comment by A Neighbor — October 14, 2016 @ 7:11 pm

    • Finally someone asking these candidates the tough questions. Funny how none of them show up to answer when the stakes are this high.

      Comment by Rodney — October 14, 2016 @ 8:33 pm

    • If you have to ask, you’re just a neighbor.

      Comment by jack — October 15, 2016 @ 9:12 am

      • No–I’m an Alamedan and I pronounce Versailles as it is pronounced in France.

        Comment by A Neighbor — October 15, 2016 @ 12:32 pm

        • That seemed like a dumb question until I remembered that people from Florida call themselves “Floridians”, not “Floridans”. By analogy, it must seem like a debatable point. But a Times-Star columnist from back in the day, Everett Johannes, settled it by calling his column “The Alamedan” for 30 years.

          Jack, I think the hospital where you were born is a technicality. My relatives have lived in Alameda since 1876, but none of them (including moi) was “born” in Alameda. Oakland and SF hospitals only.

          Comment by vigi — October 15, 2016 @ 3:47 pm

        • But, A Neighborian, a Frenchian originally was either an Aquitanian or a Ligurian with trace of Iranian. So in this day and age we should celebrate and respect the pastians.

          Comment by jack — October 15, 2016 @ 6:56 pm

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