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March 7, 2017

Compromise of 0307

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

So I had planned on writing a whole post on the new numbers from FAAS to the City, it was a project I really wasn’t looking forward to because the budgets that were submitted were not necessarily in the same format as before so it was fairly opaque.

When I went to the City’s website to review their budget numbers,  I found this page:

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Which was surprising because it was a fully fleshed out page with all this information about the process.  I immediately visited the FAAS website which had an update less than a week ago that was fairly defensive, but instead this was up under the “Fair Funding from the City” tab:

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I think folks, despite the meddling through numerous Council Referrals a detente may have finally been reached between FAAS and the City.  I hope that FAAS has communicated that to their supporters, particularly one that will be sitting in the closed session to not prolong the process unnecessarily in the way that only she is capable of.

As Jim Oddie suggested at the last meeting, the continuous public battles probably was not great for this process and allowing the two sides to sit down and hash out an agreement that worked out for the benefit of both sides is hopefully going to produce better outcomes than having overzealous supporters tilting at every windmill.



  1. I’m glad the two sides were finally able to come to an agreement. I too wish FAAS had not made this such a public spectacle when, to me, the City seemed to be willing to negotiate in complete good faith. We adopted our pup a few years ago from FAAS so I have a soft spot for that organization. I have not analyzed the budget numbers on both sides (I appreciate that Lauren took the time to present her own analysis) so I don’t have an opinion on that but I did not like the tone that they adopted and their fundraising campaign for marketing purposes did not sit well with me. Anyway, I’m glad its over.

    Comment by Dya — March 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

    • It’s NOT over. They are meeting this afternoon at 3:00, as commanded by the City. The Council meeting on 3/7 was a total sham. Council kept the “overzealous supporters” in the room until after 9:30 p.m. and then refused to let them speak, not even one of the ten remaining speakers. This isn’t over, and whoever submitted the suggestion that FAAS “made this a public spectacle when … the City seemed to be willing to negotiate in complete good faith” has been grossly but predictably hoodwinked. The Council is comprised of politicians, folks, not negotiators. They refuse to follow Robert’s Rules of Orders, they shuffle around the agenda at their own whim, they play games with those in attendance, they show favoritism and ill will at every turn. I’m not impressed with any of them, and I’m looking forward to a political housecleaning when the time rolls around again. Their behavior is disgraceful, and they revel in it.

      Comment by Chris O'Connell — March 8, 2017 @ 2:24 pm

      • Actually, the item was on the agenda for the closed session. The appropriate time for public comment would have been at that time, before the City Council entered closed session to give direction to staff. The Mayor acted unilaterally to suggest that FAAS supporters could speak at the end of the meeting on an agenda item that had already been heard and concluded.

        The person FAAS supporters should be angry with is the Mayor for jerking you around and having you stay hours after the agenda item was concluded. Agenda items can be shuffled around during the “agenda changes” portion of the agenda. FAAS’s agenda item was on the agenda for the Closed Session and there it stayed, what would have been the point to hear public comment after the item had concluded and direction had been given?

        Comment by Lauren Do — March 8, 2017 @ 4:34 pm

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