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December 6, 2016

Special meeting sneak

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

So you all know that per the Sunshine Ordinance Alameda has an 11 day noticing requirement for all agendas.   That’s why, if you are signed up to receive stuff from the City, you get things way in advance.

About seven days ago, after the City Council agenda was already published, this email was sent out:


No big deal right, I mean, it’s just an appointment to the Social Services Human Relations Board, while important it’s not necessarily time sensitive.  While the Mayor can call a “special meeting” with only seven days notice, one would think it would be for time sensitive matters like, say, a moratorium on evictions during the holidays or something super pressing.  But not for an appointment to a city board.

I mean, this is how it had to be shoehorned into this agenda, as a Special Meeting that is called at 6:59 P.M. and adjourned with the Regular Meeting starting at 7:00 P.M.


For the sneaky procedural move alone the other City Council members, the ones who will be sitting there come January, should decline to vote on the matter until the next City Council meeting when it is properly noticed.

It’s clear that the Mayor wants to makes sure her appointee of choice is nominated and voted through while her assured rubber stamp, Tony Daysog, is still on the City Council.  I’m not sure who she will be nominating, but there are lots of qualified people on the list.



  1. If the meeting only last 1 minute there is obviously no need for a special meeting.

    Comment by joelsf — December 6, 2016 @ 7:44 am

  2. The City is taking this search so seriously (cough). They couldn’t even spell Dennis Popalardo’s name correctly.

    Comment by Sergé Wilson — December 6, 2016 @ 11:13 am

  3. I’m still trying to figure this all out, myself. This “special meeting” is just to give Trish the chance to nominate a person. Typically, after the nomination, the next meeting has a resolution appointing that person that the council votes on. My understanding is that the new council is sworn in at the beginning of the next meeting. Unless Trish is planning to call a second special meeting for 6:59pm on 12/20, or before, there is no point.

    Perhaps she is going to say that due to the incidents in the community since the election, she did not want to leave this seat vacant and therefore chose to cut to the chase and skip the normal process.

    In any case, I don’t see Frank, Marilyn or Jim playing along.

    Comment by BMac — December 6, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

    • Business is conducted with the old Council on the 20th before the new Council is sworn in. So if she’s able to nominate tonight, Tony Daysog can still rubberstamp on the 20th.

      Comment by Lauren Do — December 6, 2016 @ 1:20 pm

      • So I have been corrected. I look forward to hearing about “respecting the process” in the months ahead. Apparently many of the candidates were not interviewed.

        Comment by BMac — December 6, 2016 @ 1:30 pm

  4. This seems to be one more case of Mayor Spencer being tone deaf about, ignorant of, or outright disrespectful of the public notice procedures and Sunshine Ordinance that have been in effect for years.

    Not only have not many of the candidates been interviewed, why is Spencer in such a hurry to put forth her nomination that she has called a special meeting? There is no urgency to this nomination that
    requires the City Council to act on it tonight, is there?

    Where’s the fire, Mayor Spencer?

    Comment by Jon Spangler — December 6, 2016 @ 4:26 pm

  5. I attended tonight’s City Council, intending to criticize Mayor Spencer for scheduling the special meeting, but found out from City Clerk Lara Weisiger before the Special meeting that:

    1) The SSHRB nomination was originally on the regular meeting agenda for tonight,

    2) It was initially removed by the City Clerk, based on her understanding that there might not be a vacancy yet,

    3) Following City Attorney Janet Kern’s ruling that an elected official cannot sit on a city board or commission, the special meeting was called to correct the error and, essentially, “place the item back on the agenda.” Since the final regular meeting agenda had already been sent out, calling a special meeting with one agenda item was the only way to rectify the error to maintain the momentum on this nomination.

    4) The calling of the special meeting met all of the requirements of the Sunshine Ordinance and no action was taken by the City Council on Spencer’s nomination tonight.

    5) The meeting video will contain the City Clerk’s public explanation at the beginning of the special meeting as well as Mayor Spencer’s comments on the agenda and selection/ nomination processes.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — December 6, 2016 @ 10:14 pm

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