Fact check time folks.
It’s taken me a while to get this information, but it took me by surprise the first time I saw it mentioned on City Council candidate Jennifer Roloff’s website.
In her section on development she poses this question to you, gentle reader:
Did you know that that [sic] Alameda, since 2014, has approved close to 2000 new housing units, the great majority of which are not yet occupied?
It is unclear where Jennifer Roloff is getting her information, but her information is wrong.
But of course having facts that are incorrect has never stopped anyone in this town from doubling or tripling down on their “facts.” I shouldn’t be surprised that a candidate who threw her hat in the ring based on faulty information about how government contracts are awarded via the RFP process.
So I asked Andrew Thomas, who was referenced in her platform above, on the actual number of units that have been approved since 2014. FYI, 2014 is the year that Trish Spencer was elected and a person who has the same overall governing philosophy and apparently intellectual curiosity and preparedness as Jennifer Roloff when it comes to Alameda City government issues.
Here are the projects that have been approved since 2014 which includes the meaty amount at Alameda Point and it still doesn’t come close to Jennifer Roloff’s 2000 unit number, it’s less than half of the number quoted by Jennifer Roloff:
- 600 market rate and 200 affordable at Alameda Point.
- 46 market rate and 8 affordable at 2100 Clement
- 7 market rate and 2 affordable at 1435 Webster Street
- 21 affordable at Eagle and Everett (housing authority)
In a cage match of development numbers between Andrew Thomas and Jennifer Roloff I’m going to put my money on Andrew Thomas every single time.
It appears that Jennifer Roloff may be conflating the recent Housing Element update reflecting the housing pipeline with “approvals.” While the update reflects housing that was “approved, completed or under construction” it does not reflect this narrative:”since 2014, has approved close to 2000 new housing units.” While this may be difficult to understand for someone parachuting into the issue, it’s not for people that have been following the issue for a long time or have the curiosity to understand and study the issue. We really don’t need another “on the job” learner as we currently have on the City Council. One really is more than enough.