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December 7, 2017

Don’t act like I never told ya

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

What makes the support even less palatable:

Maybe now people will understand my deep underwhelm-ness of Jim Oddie and my hesitancy to ever get aboard the Jim Oddie-fan wagon.  He typically says some thing resembling the right thing, but in the end always end up super disappointing.




  1. Editorial questions and suggestions.

    “always” = without exception? How about once in a while, sometimes, frequently, or often?

    “but in the end always end up super disappointing.” = Or <but **,** in the end **,** always end up **.** **S**uper disappointing.

    Comment by MP — December 7, 2017 @ 7:00 am

    • An edit to the edits:
      “but in the end always end up super disappointing.” = Or <but **,** in the end **,** always end up **.** **S**uper disappointing.

      Comment by MP — December 7, 2017 @ 7:05 am

  2. forget it, this is what I meant to write:

    “but in the end always end up super disappointing.” = Or <but **,** in the end **,** always end up **.** **S**uper disappointing.

    Comment by MP — December 7, 2017 @ 7:06 am

  3. Apologies. I think there is code ruining my joke.

    but in the end always end**s** up super disappointing.
    but **,** in the end **,** always end up **.** **S**uper disappointing.

    Comment by MP — December 7, 2017 @ 7:09 am

    • *,* th*S* joke *is super* disappointing

      Comment by BMac — December 7, 2017 @ 7:27 am

  4. What Oddie says and what he does are two very different things. He’ll tell you what he thinks you want to hear, but rarely is it the truth.

    Comment by Eyeroll — December 7, 2017 @ 8:27 am

    • Oddie does what Bonta’s donors want him to do, from the firefighters pushing to appoint a past union president as chief to allowing cannabis. The guy cannot be trusted.

      Comment by BarbaraK — December 7, 2017 @ 9:23 am

  5. Time will tell. It seems to me that there was a real effort to get someone with a well rounded perspective of both property owners and tenants. While I would have preferred someone who prioritizes the renter perspective, instead of having to balance both, it just means that housing advocates will have to stay on the ball with the planning board and leverage their voices. Fortunately, state laws have been passed that limit the extent to which cities can dodge their housing obligations.

    I still like Jim Oddie and as someone who has given the benefit of the doubt to other planning board nominees, I’m willing to do the same for this one. Politics is not neat and tidy. There is nuance. There needs to be balance sometimes. I’m not always going to agree with the decisions being made and that’s as it should be. Fundamentally, I respect council members who are true to themselves and feel that Jim Oddie does that. While some may see some of his decision making as inconsistent, I see it as looking at the big picture, as many of our council members do. I trust that since Jim Oddie has supported new housing in the past, that he would not support someone who wasn’t in line with that perspective. You do not appoint people who will not further your policy goals.

    That said, in the saga of the planning board, I did see the mayor shift a tiny bit away from a completely anti-development point of view, to shifting to trying to balance the two. I respect that growth in her perspective.

    I wish the planning board luck and hope that we’ll continue to see John Knox White appear at the planning board during public comment. We still need his expertise. At the same time, I am confident in the leadership of Andrew Thomas and city staff to provide information and context to this important decision making process.

    Comment by Angela — December 7, 2017 @ 9:53 am

  6. Comment by Mike McMahon — December 7, 2017 @ 6:16 pm

    • I think the personal friend errata makes it worse not better.

      Comment by Lauren Do — December 8, 2017 @ 5:33 am

  7. What does “smh” mean? Oh yeah, shaking my head. What I –and any other Alamedan who remembers Cavanaugh Motors– are doing after reading your tweet. “Long lost 4th gen Alamedan”?’ As of 2006? I guess if you don’t know Alameda history, you would think so.

    Comment by vigi — December 8, 2017 @ 9:55 am

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