On Tuesday night, early Wednesday morning the City Council — minus Trish Spencer — voted 4 – 0 to move forward with the Sanctuary City ordinance. The reason why Trish Spencer was not there to vote was because she had a flight to catch to go to the Mayor’s Conference.
The amazing thing was that right before she dashed out the door she had enough time to ramble for a solid 10 minutes on an information only agenda item and give her “changes” to the Sanctuary City ordinance which the City Council would be required to make in order for her to support the ordinance. In case you couldn’t guess, nearly all of the changes would have weakened the ordinance as opposed to make it stronger.
I haven’t been able to watch all of the discussion yet, but here’s a good discussion on Twitter about the distinction between Alameda’s ordinance and San Francisco/Berkeley.
In case you were wondering, yes, there were Trump supporters that spoke out. And yes, the word “Hiltery” was utter non-ironically. And yes, someone accused a City Councilmember of being pleased that Kate Steinle was killed. And yes, there was a lot of finger thrusting and sneering.
But in addition to the angry angry speakers there were a lot of supportive and positive voices that rose up.
Thank you Alameda City Council for doing the right thing.