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August 10, 2017

Talkin’ bout cash money

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

They’ve been available for a while, but if you were interested and didn’t know the semi-annual campaign disclosure documents are available on-line.  The biggest “campaign” going on is, of course, the landlord’s initiatives.  Plural.

A lot of money has been pumped into these initiative on the landlord side, you can take a look at the contributions and expenditures for these groups:

Timber Dell has a report because that donor is considered a major one having spent nearly more than $19000 to benefit Alamedans in Charge by paying for all those signature gathers that have been seen around town.  Timber Dell is some sort of affiliate of Gallagher and Lindsey.  Alamedans in Charge’s treasurer also is affiliated with Gallagher and Lindsey as well and the assistant treasurer is connected to Ballena Village.  Ballena Village, also with a major donor report, spent more than $36000 to benefit Alamedans in Charge, but it doesn’t say what the money was used for.  Probably the signature collection as well.

 

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5 Comments »

  1. Waiting for the parade of folks that are forever concerned about residents and working folks that are represented by unions spending money on Alameda politics to come denounce these big spenders too.

    Comment by BMac — August 10, 2017 @ 8:47 am

  2. “Residents and working people”

    The primary union involved in city politics is the IAFF, the membership of which is mostly not residents of Alameda. Average income per member is above $200,000 and many are above $300,000. That is more than double the average household income in Alameda and more than triple the median. I’ve never heard of any town’s upper strata of income referred to as “working people.”

    But I suppose buying politicians to get fat off taxpayer dollars is work, of a sort.

    Comment by dave — August 10, 2017 @ 11:19 am

    • “Getting fat off the taxpayers”…. but not a word about the incumbent landowners getting fat off the renters in this town thanks to an artificially created shortage of housing.

      *also: are you conflating salary with value of total compensation package (which would distort that comparison by including the dollar value of benefits and pension)?

      Comment by BMac — August 11, 2017 @ 7:11 am

      • The key difference is that the IAFF is taking tax dollars, aka public funds with the direct assistance of the “leaders” whose loyalty they’ve purchased. By no definition is that good government. Property owners, on the other hand, are operating a business & engaging in private transactions. Note also that landlords haven’t always gotten fat. Rents for the decade 2001-2011 fell in Alameda. A good number of landlords went bust in the downturn.

        And as far as salary vs. benefits go, compensation is compensation. The checks that taxpayers are writing are real money, whether they are in the salary or pension bucket. If pension expenses don’t matter, why does the IAFF fight so hard for them?

        In any case, if you must pursue this specious argument, take a minute or three and look at the Transparent California website. You’ll see that even the salary portion of their paychecks is vastly higher than a typical taxpayer’s. Probably still double or greater though I haven’t had time to run it yet.

        Comment by dave — August 11, 2017 @ 7:52 am

  3. Dave, I think the point being made is about money in politics and transparency. The IAAF is at least transparent about who they are (the firefighters union, made up of firefighters). If G and L is spearheading the measure, why do they bother to attempt to act as if it were not mainly that company? Whether or not you agree with what they are doing, they are a large company and it is in their interest that they would want the Council to be required to act in ways that would favor their business. The voters should know who is sponsoring candidates and ballot measures. We should always be easily able to follow the money.

    Comment by Kate Quick — August 10, 2017 @ 9:06 pm


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