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February 23, 2018

Into a pumpkin

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

Apparently Tuesday’s meeting got a lot worse than Trish Spencer being super rude to the consultants.  The end was a complete shit show of poor time management, people who actively dislike each other, and people who actively dislike members of the City Staff all working against one another to literally not get anything done.

Here’s the nutshell, the City Council ran out of time, again, to tackle any agenda item in a meaningful way.  Because some City Councilmembers opted to fight with consultants about parsing specific language and use up a huge chunk of time the City Council was up against a hard 11 p.m. stopping time.  Why is this 11 p.m. stopping time significant?  Oh, because this City Council has run meetings over 11 p.m. so often that the Sunshine Ordinance holds that if they had voted to run longer than 11 p.m. this time they would have to add additional meetings to their schedule.

So instead of simply running a tighter meeting this time the City Council simply just let time lapse and even ran out of time to set a date to continue to meeting.  Here’s how that played with #alamtg twitter:

Yet another video from the files of the City Council “working well together.”


  1. I watched the meeting and couldn’t believe my eyes what I was witnessing.

    Hopefully they watch the video and see what we’re seeing.

    Comment by Karen — February 23, 2018 @ 6:33 am

  2. Some time management rule changes are desperately needed. I watch Council from homage, and am really frustrated by the round and round and round discussions that are time wasters. Here is one idea. Each council member has a finite amount of time for discussion on any one item. If they have little to say they can yield their time to not be used, or to another council member, but when all alloted time is up, or yielded, the vote is taken. No more long winded speeches, or asking the same thing again and again, or grandstanding. The members would be forced to be more efficient debaters.

    Comment by Kate Quick — February 23, 2018 @ 7:36 am

    • I think they have timers for that in competitive chess

      Comment by MP — February 23, 2018 @ 11:40 am

    • I would add to that something about the staff/consultant/applicant presentations come at the beginning of each item. They are often dog and pony shows that – once they are done fiddling with the projector – just repeat or summarize the materials posted in the agenda. It might make more sense to jump right into questions, disputed issues, or new matters that have come up since the agenda materials were submitted, with the assumption that everyone is prepared and familiar with the published materials. Big assumption but, on the other hand, big time consumption.

      Comment by MP — February 23, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

  3. From home, not homage, darned autocorrect.

    Comment by Kate Quick — February 23, 2018 @ 7:38 am

  4. In all fairness I wouldn’t blame the mayor for how that meeting went.

    Comment by Jeff DelBono — February 23, 2018 @ 8:29 am

  5. In all fairness I wouldn’t blame the mayor for how this item or meeting went!

    Comment by Jeff DelBono — February 23, 2018 @ 8:32 am

  6. I have been watching parts of meetings for the last few months and this mayor is just incredible. She seems to have no leadership, communication or government skills any kind. I really don’t know much about her background, but am amazed she was elected. On the other hand I attended a school board meeting recently and was impresses at how well run it was and how professional everyone was.

    Comment by Spanky McDoogle (@SpankyMcDoogle) — February 23, 2018 @ 8:33 am

  7. five elected members, can’t seem to get through an agenda item in one night. who’s leading that parade?

    Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — February 24, 2018 @ 1:01 pm

    • Probably Russia or Trump.

      Comment by Jack — February 24, 2018 @ 6:46 pm

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