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January 3, 2018

“We seem to be the Isle of Style and pleasant living and mean spirited selfishness a lot of the time”

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

Trying to catch up on these video clips from the last City Council meeting of 2017.

Here’s former City Council member (and 2018 City Council candidate Tony Daysog) urging the City Council to go ahead and thumb their nose at state law and risk a lawsuit just because.

Yes, this is someone who was on the City Council and is thinking of running for City Council again who is saying that following state law is simply advisory and that only if there is an imminent threat that the City Council should deal with it and — if there is no imminent threat — the City Council can just do whatever the hell it wants even though staff has advised them it could flout state law.

Also, for someone who is in urban planning and has purportedly reviewed a bunch of these transportation plans previously he takes a very simplistic view of what these transportation demand management plans actually do and minimizes it — I’m guessing — as red meat to benefit the old time Alameda constituency he’s decided to represent.

Fortunately, there were these two great commenters right after him:


  1. I support more housing, however we need a corresponding increase in infrastructure to support the additional residents. Therefore, shouldn’t our focus be on finding a way to add another bridge or tube, putting a congestion-priced toll on access, increasing the bus service, building out fibre (so we can stay on the island and work digitally) etc.

    Comment by adrianblakey — January 3, 2018 @ 9:08 am

  2. Thanks for this: just to be clear, if I have my way, there’d be no 6, 7, or 5 story building on the waterfront. If the State has a problem with that, then we can deal with that at that time. But Council right now has the power to pursue development on a scale that is far more reasonable and consistent with our island character, and, btw, that is consistent with zoning, i.e. roughly 3 stories. What I don’t want to hear is staff and Council say, “the State made me develop a 5 to 7 story building on our waterfront.” That would be BS. Again, thanks. — tony

    Comment by tony daysog — January 3, 2018 @ 9:18 am

    • Staff said that the State is saying that unreasonable restrictions are in violation of state law. City Staff, including the City Attorneys, advise its policy makers on how to avoid risking litigation and not “deal with it at that time” when the State decides to sue or remove local control.

      I would imagine that someone who used to sit on the City Council and has been involved in lots of closed session meetings about risk management would know this and not posture for NIMBY voters by making stuff up.

      Comment by Lauren Do — January 3, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

    • Tony can’t afford the top floor apartment at Panomar.

      Comment by Gerard L. — January 3, 2018 @ 12:52 pm

  3. People who keep trying to cram more people and more cars onto an ISLAND, and wondering why it doesn’t work, remind me of people who keep trying to force a Square Peg into a Round Hole. They blame everything but the obvious geometry–or geography–of the situation. Great argument for why we need more STEM education.

    Comment by vigi — January 3, 2018 @ 9:19 am

  4. Oh, I get it now. According to Victoria Fierce, all we have to do is pass a law ORDERING Square Pegs to fit into Round Holes. Then, because we all know that the laws of physics are subservient to contemporary lawsuits, those square pegs will fit right in.

    Comment by vigi — January 3, 2018 @ 9:29 am

  5. OMG that is classic flip flopping Tony! When they were voting on a sanctuary city, he got up and spoke about how we must follow federal law and not let our emotions get in the way.

    Comment by Rod — January 3, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

  6. “Isle of Style”, lol. I hardly equate style with Alameda. Isle of NIMBYs and xenophobes, perhaps.

    Vigi, you might be interested to know Manhattan is also an island roughly the same size as Alameda. Now that is an isle of style 😉

    Comment by Spanky McDoogle (@SpankyMcDoogle) — January 3, 2018 @ 3:04 pm

    • Then move there

      Comment by Jack — January 3, 2018 @ 5:17 pm

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