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January 19, 2017

She’s running out the door

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

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.



  1. This is an “in your face” jester for Trump. The city may regret its actions when federal funding is cut and half the population is deported.

    Comment by jack — January 19, 2017 @ 8:15 pm

  2. This council did the right thing for its citizens, I’m very pleased. I for one will not regret it when my elected officials act in ways to protect our citizens.

    Comment by John P. — January 21, 2017 @ 10:47 am

    • All humans are not citizens of the U.S.

      U.S. citizenship is attained either by birth or by naturalization, the legal procedure that a qualified person must satisfy in order to be accepted as a citizen.

      Comment by jack — January 21, 2017 @ 11:50 am

    • What “citizens”? Some people are just Unclear On The Concept. Did you flunk high school civics, John P.?

      Comment by vigi — January 21, 2017 @ 1:26 pm

      • nice to hear from the trumper & trumpet, please keep feeding us your Fake news. vigi I didn’t see you at the march today are you sick?.

        Comment by JohnP.Trump is not my President. — January 21, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

        • You were at the Walk for Life West Coast, John P.? I never would have believed it. Oh, wait…You meant the Pussy March. Did you wear a vagina on your head?

          Comment by vigi — January 23, 2017 @ 10:51 am

  3. where do you come up with, “and half the population is deported”, I told you to turn off that Fox T.V.

    Comment by JohnP.Trump is not my President. — January 21, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

    • Who is?

      Comment by jack — January 21, 2017 @ 12:56 pm

    • He meant “half the population of California”..

      Comment by vigi — January 21, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

  4. trumps minister of propaganda (spicer) was just on telling the press that trumps inauguration was HUGE, HUGE, & the media is lying again, then he turned and walked out the door. I guess the next thing will be there were no women by the millions out protesting today, they were just out shopping.

    Comment by JohnP.Trump is not my President. — January 21, 2017 @ 3:09 pm

    • JohnP.Trump is not my President

      Who is?

      Comment by jack — January 21, 2017 @ 4:06 pm

  5. Trump’s middle name is John…you should be proud. D John Trump is president and John P Trump Is Not My President.

    Comment by jack — January 21, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

  6. From the San Diego Union-Tribune

    “An IGS-UC Berkeley poll shows that 74 percent of Californians want sanctuary cities ended; 65 percent of Hispanics, 70 percent of independents, 73 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of Republicans. Recognizing strong public concern, California’s law enforcement organizations should speak out against being restricted from cooperating with federal authorities, and demand compliance to make our communities safer.”
    “Ignoring public safety, several California legislators are preparing to introduce bills to further impede federal officials. The Legislature hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to assist, but he will be incapable of preventing sanctuary legislation from causing the loss of major federal funding. A sanctuary city defunding proposal was decided for the 2017 Department of Justice budget in an agreement between House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

    In July 2016, Lynch notified California that funding under the criminal alien assistance program, and other law enforcement grant programs, will be terminated if the state is found to be noncompliant with federal law. Renewal applications for those law enforcement grants commence next month. A 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Justice’s inspector general concluded that California is in violation of federal law. This will result in the state losing $135 million of grant funds that currently help cover the cost to incarcerate legal and illegal aliens.

    House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Culberson was quoted saying that if the state of California does not change its law, the state will owe taxpayers a refund of $1.2 billion for previous federal funding. The congressman is referring to the Trust Act which since its 2014 passage has contributed to a 44 percent decrease in deportations from 15 counties with large illegal migrant populations. To stop the added taxpayer burden that will result from these penalties, the Trust Act must be overturned by the voters with a ballot measure containing permanent state laws that allow full cooperation with federal law. This solution is advocated by numerous law enforcement organizations.

    Attorney General Lynch also communicated a stern warning that the Justice Department can take criminal or civil actions against public officials who violate federal law. A new attorney general can prosecute under the alien harboring and shielding statute, a federal felony for which a convicted public official can be fined, and or imprisoned.”

    Comment by vigi — January 23, 2017 @ 1:33 pm

    • You mean from a letter to the San Diego Union-Tribune. There is no fact checking for letters.

      Comment by notadave — January 23, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

      • Fact check it yourself.

        Comment by jack — January 23, 2017 @ 7:22 pm

  7. The local Alameda4IMpeachment group @plsimpeach wants all to know we are holding a short rally Tuesday, Feb 21, 5:45 in front of City Hall and then presenting a Resolution for Impeachment of Donald Trump to the City Council for adoption by Alameda. Other cities across the nation are adopting these resolutions, to convey the will of local communities on this question – including Richmond on the same night. If you want to support us, or just hear more, go to our Alameda4Impeachment Facebook page, our twitter account, or directly to our Articles of Impeachment at Impeachment does not cast judgment – it simply asks that various allegations be investigated to determine if there are findings of high crimes and misdemeanors. Our country is in a very fragile moment – we appreciate your support for our democracy on Tues Feb 21. Katie Cameron

    Comment by Katie Cameron — February 18, 2017 @ 9:19 am

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