It’s interesting what types of public comment happens at City Council meetings. At the meeting before the election supporters of the Mayor, City Councilmember Tony Daysog, and candidate Jennifer Roloff decided to use those precious minutes to campaign for their candidates. And there was, of course, the conspiracy theory floated that PG&E was looking to purchase AMP and therefore giving money to one of the independent expenditure groups for the purpose of influencing the election.
This week, after the election and the failure of Measure M1 to pass brought in renter after renter to ask the City Council to place a moratorium on evictions at least until the end of the year. From a KRON report:
The coalition says the city council needs to step in and impose an emergency moratorium on the so-called “no-cause” evictions until after the holiday season.
The group says these types of evictions are unfair and adversely affect low-income families in Alameda.
Because this was done during public comment it’s not clear if the City Council will take any action on the issue. However given that the protections that were put into place by the City Council has not managed to stem the tide of evictions or stories of rent increases it’s time that the City Council step up again and craft an ordinance that really serves to protect Alameda renters. And, since the next election is two years away this time perhaps the City Council members — all of them — can look toward providing a true compromise agreement as opposed to looking to the next interest group to appease *coughmomnpopcough*.
On that note, regarding the name change suggestion by Tony Daysog that went down in flames but not before the sole public speaker, Cynthia Bonta, had a few words to say. Which is summed up here:
Although it was a nice smackdown, initially caveated with the sentiment that perhaps we should wait to memorialize people after death so that nothing surprising comes up to make people regret naming something after someone. She pointed out that this person that Tony Daysog wanted to honor gave money to the pro L1/anti M1 committee. And since M1 was supported by many in the Filipino community as they are directly affected by the the recent rent hikes and evictions, this wouldn’t necessarily be seen as honoring the Filipino community.
Tony Daysog didn’t even vote in favor of his own suggestion.