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November 3, 2017

Large and in charge

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

And just so we’re clear on how much Alamedans in Charge want to remain in charge, from an East Bay Express article from Steven Tavares:

Alameda landlords plan to raise at least $500,000 before the end of the year, as they gear up for another ballot fight over tenant protections on the Island in 2018, the Express has learned. Landlords are also preparing to raise huge sums to unseat progressive members of the Alameda City Council in the November 2018 election, according to an email sent by Alamedans in Charge, a group of influential landlords that spent heavily in the 2016 election to defeat a tenants’ backed rent control measure.

In all, Alamedans in Charge plans to raise $2 million for next year’s political campaigns, according to a source with knowledge of the group’s plans. If successful, the landlords would shatter the Alameda record for campaign expenditures — and would double what they spent in 2016. The landlords’ planned spending also would dwarf the $100,000 spent last year by Alameda’s firefighters’ union, which has come under intense criticism for attempting to influence city politics.

It’s a question now of who will be on the receiving end of PAC support or opposition, but this is a good forecast of how it might go down:

Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer is running for re-election and likely will be backed by landlords because of her stances on tenant issues. She is expected to be challenged by Councilmembers Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Frank Matarrese, and, possibly, Councilmember Vella. Matarrese, who voted against just cause and is generally liked by landlords, is not expected to seek reelection on the council in order to run for mayor instead. (Ashcraft’s council seat is not up for reelection next year.)

But Councilmember Oddie is up for reelection, and landlords likely will spend heavily to defeat him because he voted for just cause. A source connected to Alamedans in Charge said the group plans to spend significant sums against Ashcraft, too, because she also voted for just cause (and against Vella, for the same reason, if she runs for mayor). However, only one council candidate who is popular with landlords — ex-Councilmember Tony Daysog — has indicated that he plans to run for council next year.

Tony Daysog was very adamant about refusing campaign contributions from “special interests” but I imagine this time around he won’t be as forthcoming with this talking point in his 2018 platform.




  1. All Alamedans in Charge have to do is setup an Independent Expenditure Committee and they spend all the money they want to support their candidates and candidates do not have to report it as monies being received for their campaign. This is going to get messy and most voters will be turned off by the incessant mailers, Facebook ads and probably even commercials. It will create plenty of fodder for bloggers and media as they attempt to unearth the sources of the expected monies to be raised.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — November 3, 2017 @ 7:29 am

    • I fully expect to see them employ social media sock puppet accounts manufacturing consent for their cause, kind of like the obviously fake account by the name of “Glen Park” who was testing their messages on the facebook groups during the last cycle. Now that The Donald Lindsey saw how effective that sort of thing was for The Donald Trump, I’m sure he can’t wait to throw some of his misappropriated tenant security deposit money at a scheme like that!

      Comment by Rod — November 3, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

    • Isn’t that similar to Alamedans United?

      Comment by BarbaraK — November 3, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

  2. A while back, a woman with lots of money ran a very expensive campaign for council. She out spent a lot of people but lost, badly. Seems the good people of Alameda did not like the concept of buying elections. I would caution those who are trumpeting their intentions to spend huge amounts to defeat incumbents they don’t like to keep possible backlash in mind. I have no dog in this hunt, but it certainly reminded me of how the community reacted to a massive spending strategy. Doesn’t fit with our small town vibe, I guess.

    Comment by Kate Quick — November 3, 2017 @ 10:58 am

    • Same election, a landlords group spent high in the 6 figures to conduct ethically shady push polling and send out glossy mailers full of misinformation about the competing rent measures, and they won. We’re going to need every boot on the ground if we expect to beat The Donald Lindsey and his gang’s campaign to Make Alameda Great Again.

      Comment by Rod — November 3, 2017 @ 11:59 am

      • And let us never forget Spencer’s Trumpian slogan, “Alamedans First.” She was the proverbial canary in the coalmine for knee-jerk, ignorant populism. If she wins reelection, I’ll put money on Trump in 2020.

        Comment by BC — November 3, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

        • Trish is such a hipster, she was alt-right before they had a name for that!

          Comment by Rod — November 3, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

    • I want to have Pat Bail money when i grow up.

      Comment by Rasheed — November 4, 2017 @ 6:05 am

  3. It is SO comforting to know that, in a way, SunCal never left Alameda…

    The ghosts of SunCal (and their filthy money, too?) are alive and well in “Alamedans In Charge.” Remember, the people funding Alamedans in Charge’s efforts to buy yet another election are the same greedy SOBs who raised the rent on Alameda tenants by 20-35 per cent annually in successive years only 5 years ago….

    Is it “Make Alameda Great Again” or “Buy Alameda Great Again”?

    As to the incumbent mayor: why should we re-elect someone who could not run a city meeting effectively to save her life and who keeps improperly interfering with city employees who are doing their jobs? ((And don’t get me started on her ever-shifting policy “positions” and inappropriate appointments to city boards and commissions…)

    Comment by Jon Spangler — November 3, 2017 @ 8:37 pm

  4. If you think they are buying an election, is that a tacit admission that the IAFF does the same with council elections?

    Comment by dave — November 6, 2017 @ 2:51 pm

  5. just read this in E.B.E. quote, ” this article kept mentioning “Alameda landlords”, but I’d like to point out that the organization Alamedans in charge is heavily non-Alamedan. Of the 18 donors listed on the groups most recent FPPC form 460, there are only four individuals who reside in Alameda and who might possibly be Alameda landlords. There are two Alameda based organizations that manage rental property. The majority of the donors (numbering 12 are businesses or individuals that are not in Alameda. That money came from San Francisco, Hillsbourgh, Oro Valley, San Jose, Daley City, Union City, Los Gatos, Palo Alto, not my definition of Alamedans.

    Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — November 9, 2017 @ 3:43 pm

    • Thank you!!!

      Comment by frank — November 9, 2017 @ 4:46 pm

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