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June 20, 2017

Litmus tests

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

And another thing about empty gestures when there is a real opportunity to make decisive change, particularly around the issue of climate change.

Has anyone here watched a Planning Board meeting lately?  Anyone?  Yes, I knew there were a few of you out there.  If you watched Planning Board meeting last Monday (or actually any of the Planning Board meetings in the last six months or so) you’ll know that two out of three of Trish Spencer’s Planning Board appointments have been put on the Planning Board mainly because of their concerns over having enough parking or just stopping all housing development altogether.  And they vote and make comments accordingly.

Why is this important?  Well in addition to the two items on the agenda for tonight that I mentioned yesterday there will also be the opportunity for Trish Spencer to appoint another member to the Planning Board.

There is an incumbent that has done — to steal a phrase from Tony Daysog who apparently is running for City Council again — a yeoman’s job on the Planning Board and is consistently prepared and informed about every single agenda item unlike some people on the Planning Board who clearly have only made cursory glances at their packets.  That person will clearly have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting re-appointed if someone as benign as Dania Alvarez couldn’t even get re-appointed simply due to the fact that she had the good fortune of being appointed by Marie Gilmore.  Since this Planning Board member has never been shy about publicly commenting and critiquing Trish Spencer when she is wrong — so like always — unless the rest of the City Council does something that they have done once before, which is to refuse to vote on her new nomination, this member will be off the Planning Board.

Given that Trish Spencer’s litmus test seems to be less about competence about planning and land use issue and more around how much parking they will require from new and existing projects and how slow will they slow down growth her grinning visage from that photo op really is yet another empty gesture from Trish Spencer.  Kind of like her assurances that she is supportive of the LGBTQ community in Alameda.

Oh yeah, also even though Trish Spencer seemed to take pride in interviewing all candidates for Boards and Commissions, she hasn’t done that for the Planning Board if she intends on making a nomination tonight.

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1 Comment »

  1. News flash: Parking is Land Use. Slow growth is a land use issue too. Just because it isn’t your preferred use, doesn’t make it not land use.

    Comment by vigi — June 20, 2017 @ 9:20 am


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