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November 8, 2017

Trish gonna Trish

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

A series of tweets from #alamtg that will give you a snapshot of last night’s City Council meeting:

See when that last #alamtg tweet was sent by Steven Tavares?  1:59 A.M.

1:59 A.M.

How can any person who is not independently wealthy, being supported by a spouse, have young children, and/or retired actually serve on Alameda’s City Council?  For all we know that meeting is still going on right now.  People with jobs that require them to be there on time, children that need to get to school and have breakfasts and lunches made, etc and so forth are simply unable to make the commitment to serve because right now it appears that the person running the meetings simply does not understand (1) what her job as a policymakers is and (2) how to run a meeting that actually ends at a reasonable time.




  1. I like the Mayor; she’s honest and has integrity and calls it like she sees it; I don’t always agree with her, but at least with her I know she’s acting out of conscience and principle, and not some hidden agenda, like certain other Council Members.

    Comment by John Jay — November 8, 2017 @ 6:26 am

    • Like how she supported the UMA and then campaigned against it? That sort of honesty and integrity?

      Comment by Lauren Do — November 8, 2017 @ 6:58 am

    • Trish has been quoted as saying she sometimes switches up her vote just to keep people on their toes, guessing how she will respond. There is no conscience or principle in that, just stupidity.

      Comment by notadave — November 8, 2017 @ 9:19 am

    • On a personal level, I like her too. She’s an absolute hoot to drink with. But she is an absolute trainwreck of a politician!

      Comment by Rod — November 9, 2017 @ 4:19 pm

  2. I can’t say if I was dreaming or still awake (there isn’t much difference in my case – and this was before agenda item 6-F), perhaps drifting off, but I remember something about a gondola and maybe many gondolas going all about Alameda and across the great channel. Remarkably clear images lingering in my memory of great towers and cables and large passenger cabins (much bigger than the ones at the Oakland Zoo) and happy visitors and residents (but no giraffes or lions) everywhere.

    Comment by MP — November 8, 2017 @ 7:07 am

    • We are definitely doing that.

      Comment by Gaylon — November 8, 2017 @ 7:24 am

      • Can we have the giraffes and lions in boats below to make the ride more scenic?

        Comment by Jim Meyer — November 8, 2017 @ 7:34 am

  3. I was, however, wide awake at the beginning of the live stream of the meeting and recall several officials, including electeds, from the city of Moraga, who vigorously refuted the allegation made by Alameda school board trustee Gray Harris at the last City Council meeting that Jill Keimach had “failed” as a City Manager in Moraga prior to coming to Alameda. Maybe there will be an effort to discredit those Moraga officials, perhaps deserved, perhaps not. I don’t know. I do get it that the theme today is that meetings are too long – and that perhaps Mayor Spencer should put other Councilmembers and staff on a shorter leash so as to shorten the length of meetings – but I thought that the appearance of those officials from Moraga to refute Trustee Harris’ comments was worthy of mention.

    Comment by MP — November 8, 2017 @ 7:33 am

    • perhaps Mayor Spencer should put other Councilmembers and staff on a shorter leash so as to shorten the length of meetings

      Or maybe instead of grandstanding and saying things like “we need different data” for a report that was released 12 days in advance of the meeting, she can ask staff for what she is specifically seeking before the meeting actually happens.

      She wants a more robust transportation plan and a tax to pay for it? Put that in writing and have staff respond to her comments in writing before the meeting.

      Comment by Lauren Do — November 8, 2017 @ 7:49 am

      • Fair enough, and I was a little confused about what the Mayor was driving at with her questions about transpo data, but I doubt that it was the major cause of the meeting going past 2AM. I may be wrong about that, so I’ll use one of my timeouts and wait for the video replay review. If we are going to blame it on grandstanding, though, then I would suggest that we spread that blame around a bit. The Mayor is hardly alone in that category.

        Comment by MP — November 8, 2017 @ 8:06 am

  4. Quit-yer-bitchin’.about the lateness of meetings. Definitely stop blaming it on the mayor, or any single person. Just for fun, I googled “city council meetings that go past midnight”. It’s a national problem:

    And in California:

    Comment by vigi — November 8, 2017 @ 9:07 am

  5. Groundhog Day again in Alameda. Are we going to do this every ten years? I guess we are.

    Comment by vigi — November 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am

  6. Something else happened at the start of last night’s meeting that you don’t see too often and that (I think, but maybe not) is also beyond the scope of today’s article. That was when, in the public comment period, Police Chief Rolleri, joined by a number of people in City administration, stood and issued a statement in support of City Manager Keimach.

    Comment by MP — November 8, 2017 @ 12:32 pm

    • Word is that the beginning of the meeting was orchestrated and not a spontaneous event. Trying to get confirmation on that but it might take a while.

      Comment by Lauren Do — November 8, 2017 @ 12:48 pm

      • Word probably has it right, especially in light of the fact that the other city staffers were gathering behind Chief Rolleri before he started speaking. Were I to stand behind a speaker in support, I’d probably want to have some idea what she or he was going to say.

        Comment by MP — November 8, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

      • Why does it matter if it was orchestrated?

        Not much is spontaneous at a council meeting. Most public speakers carry notes or rehearsed in advance, for example.

        What matter is what happened: the Chief & other employees stood up for Keimach.

        Comment by dave — November 8, 2017 @ 1:44 pm

        • Yeah, but if it was coordinated, remember that all the people that signed off on that letter are subordinates to the City Manager. Which would put those folks in an awkward position of having to say “no” when asked if they they think their boss is doing a good job. If in that position, I would imagine that it would be difficult to do that, even if you held private opinions that weren’t 100% warm and fuzzy.

          Comment by Lauren Do — November 8, 2017 @ 1:58 pm

        • We will scrutinize the video for indications that we may have had a hostage situation (check blinking patterns for Morse code) or some other coercive or otherwise non-authentic display on our hands (anything from a North Korean rally to a group of acarreados all the way to something less than 100% warm and fuzzy). Attempts at humor aside, it would be unfortunate if city staffers felt compelled to make a disingenuous or inauthentic statement of support for Ms. Keimach as a result of her management position.

          We should discard, for now, that possibility with respect to the people from Moraga who are not employed under the iron hand of Ms. Keimach but who nevertheless voiced support for her and refuted Gray Harris’ (AUSD trustee) claim (as yet without a supporting bill of particulars) that Keimach had failed as a city manager in Moraga. There may be some other reason to discredit this second group. We’ll have to see.

          As to the first group (from Alameda), there is also the possibility that they were reluctant to make a public show of support for Ms. Keimach for fear of displeasing those who do not support Ms. Keimach — if there is any such person or persons — but did so anyway because they felt it was the right thing to do.

          Comment by MP — November 8, 2017 @ 2:40 pm

        • Dave is correct. “orchestrated” is not a pejorative term in this case. In fact, it saves time and makes the meeting run more efficiently [which is what you are always complaining about not happening] if speakers don’t repeat themselves but just reinforce what others say, by standing with them. People frequently cede their speaking time to others. SAWW came with some 40 people, and one spokesperson, Nancy Hird.
          And I don’t think people came all the way from Moraga to say they wish they had Jill back as their boss, for some nefarious motive. That’s high praise..

          Comment by vigi — November 8, 2017 @ 7:18 pm

        • jokes about North Korea are not really that funny anyways

          Comment by MP — November 10, 2017 @ 7:41 am

      • The orchestration started when Delbono asked his wife, Gray Harris, and other union leaders to speak against Keimach at the October 17 council meeting.

        Comment by BarbaraK — November 8, 2017 @ 3:45 pm

        • I’m sure that Malia and Jim helped orchestrate the October 17 public comments. And I’d put money on them orchestrating something similar on Nov. 21.

          Comment by Eyeroll — November 8, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

    • Sure looks like her contract may not be renewed.

      Comment by dc — November 8, 2017 @ 1:55 pm

  7. I would think the Police Chief and any city staff would not get involved in this while an active investigation is in progress.

    Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — November 8, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

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