I think this adequately sums up how I feel about the presidential election:
I think that I’ll be okay. But as a woman and a person of color, I write those words with a lot of hesitancy. I should be okay since I live in the bubble of the Bay Area. But, for the first time in my life, I’m really frightened about the future of this nation. And I wonder if all the progress that we have made as a country will be undone in less time than it took to make that progress. The progress that, if undone, will be most keenly felt for those that are not (1) male, (2) straight, (3) white, (4) able, (5) Christian, or (6) any combination thereof.
But I should be okay, and you, reader from Alameda should be okay as well because of our bubble status, but that doesn’t mean that just because we’ll probably, maybe be okay that we should be okay if we see injustice happen because people now feel emboldened given who this country just elected as president.
But, speaking of that bubble, and I’m writing this at nearly midnight because it’s been impossible for me to get to sleep and I probably won’t be able to get up the next morning, with nearly 85% of the vote in it looks like Alameda voters, dear sweet Alameda voters have dumped Tony Daysog, retained Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft and brought in Malia Vella for the City Council race:
Unless something dramatically changes between now (midnight) and 6:00 when this auto publishes this lead should hold.
As should the vote margins in the School Board race which shows Jennifer Williams, Gray Harris, and Ardella Dailey maintaining healthy margins as well.
The Parcel Tax measure is holding strong as is the Utility Modernization ballot measure:
L1 looks to be headed toward a victory and, despite the enthusiasm and willpower of the Renter Coalition, the deluge of negative mailers did its job and M1 is heading for defeat.
What it interesting about this election is that, unintentionally, this local election was a bit of a repudiation of Mayor Trish Spencer. Her candidates of choice: Tony Daysog and Jennifer Roloff failed to be elected even with her campaigning during commute hours holding signs for both. The parcel tax measure that she actively campaigned against and wrote the argument against in the voters guide has passed. She was the only City Council member to be against K1 and wrote the argument against that measure as well and that passed.
Hopefully voters that rejected Trish Spencer’s picks for the City Council and ignored her endorsements against B1 and K1 will remember to turn out in two years.
And I already know I got Mike McMahon’s voter survey way way wrong. I actually thought the power of Tony Daysog’s name recognition would get him his seat back. I am glad to be wrong about that.