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February 13, 2018

Rare abstention

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

At the first meeting of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (of which Alameda is a member and, naturally, Trish Spencer appointed herself to said commission) there was an agenda item to okay and approve legislative positions.

After a brief presentation and a lengthy written staff report, Trish Spencer actually attempted to abstain on this particular agenda item.  After the Executive Director pointed out that Regional Measure 3 would provide a huge pot of money to the ferry system, of which Alameda would stand to benefit greatly,  Supervisor Scott Haggerty went on a huge tirade about how the ferry representatives had pushed for this measure so he didn’t understand how the representative from Alameda (aka Trish Spencer) would dare to abstain on this particular agenda item.

Trish Spencer actually tried to say that she abstained because the other members of the Alameda City Council had gotten upset about her positions on these commissions in the past and that she didn’t know what position they wanted her to take on this issue.

Girl please.

Like Trish Spencer has ever given one hot damn about how the rest of the City Council has ever felt about her voting record.

But Scott Haggerty wasn’t having any of that nonsense and said that if he were her he wouldn’t let this be on her voting record as having abstained on this particular issue and that since any regional commission level vote is a vote on her record that she should do whatever the hell she wanted.

Which is shitty advice, by the way, because this is Trish Spencer who literally stands for nothing but whatever is the complete opposite of what everyone else wants.

Anyway, Trish Spencer ended up folding and then eventually voted for the agenda item after being publicly taken to task by another ACTC member. And possibly being side-eyed by the rest of the other members, I dunno, there’s no video, just audio.

It’s really quite embarrassing that Alameda’s rep to these regional bodies is consistently being challenged publicly by other elected officials because she takes such terrible positions and not even terrible positions that benefit Alameda, just terrible positions.


  1. What is the plan for spending on ferry service? New boats? More parking? More frequent runs?

    Comment by dave — February 13, 2018 @ 6:15 am

    • And what is the plan for bikes/autos at the Main St ferry other than for everyone to be careful, aware and not speed? Lots of bikes and autos pouring out and down Main at the same time. Seems like an accident waiting to happen, if one hasn’t happened already.

      Comment by MP — February 13, 2018 @ 6:55 am

    • $35 million would just be earmarked for ongoing operations, $300 million for an enhancement program.

      Comment by Lauren Do — February 13, 2018 @ 8:07 am

      • Any ideas of what those “enhancements” are? That word could mean new chrome trim around the bridge or it could mean 10 more boats.

        IMO the most needed enhancement is expansion of service, primarily more parking and more boats. The former would be easy for Main St, there’s a fair amount of open land around there. The latter isn’t difficult as long as there is money, which there appears to be.

        Comment by dave — February 13, 2018 @ 9:16 am

        • Looks like it’s for new boats and landside improvements to cover essentially what you’ve outlined:

          Comment by Lauren Do — February 13, 2018 @ 9:28 am

        • Thank you.

          Comment by dave — February 13, 2018 @ 9:44 am

        • I heard they were making a better dog park somewhere close by and shutting down the one adjacent to the Main St Ferry Terminal. Which would free up a lot of area for more parking. Anyone know if that is still in the works?

          Comment by brock — February 13, 2018 @ 9:56 am

        • The new dog park is part of Estuary Park which had its grand opening in late January. I don’t think the main street dog park has been shut down yet, but now that Estuary Park is open it shouldn’t be a dog-park-is-taking-space issue.

          Comment by Lauren Do — February 13, 2018 @ 10:01 am

        • Wow that park opening seemed to have slipped right under the radar (mine at least). I’m surprised there wasn’t more fanfare given the love of parks and dogs around here.

          I’ll have to take my non-rent-paying roommates* over to check it out this weekend.


          Comment by brock — February 13, 2018 @ 2:50 pm

        • They Rat Terriers? We have lots of rodents moving to the Island.

          Comment by Jack — February 13, 2018 @ 5:19 pm

        • They’re sort of mutts but they absolutely lose their minds whenever they see a squirrel so I think “yes”.

          They also do their best to remove the dreaded goose-shit from Washington Park (by eating as much as they can)

          Comment by brock — February 13, 2018 @ 7:19 pm

  2. been taking my pit bulls out to the Estuary Park for several years. Its a great place, sorry that all of you will be coming there now. but the soccer field and baseball fields are superb. brock all the Coast guard folks walk thier dogs thier already. you would really enjoy it.

    Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — February 13, 2018 @ 5:18 pm

  3. Wow goose shit, I walk up Atlantic Ave from Webster to the base three times a week (RockWall free wine) and the area around the so called Alameda college probably has more ground squirrels and goose shit than Estuary Park doubled.

    Comment by Jack — February 13, 2018 @ 7:36 pm

  4. This Trish character seems like a real loser.

    Comment by michonnekatana — February 16, 2018 @ 2:07 am

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