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May 14, 2018

Dysfunction junction: council interruptus

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

A periodic reminder of how well the City Council works together.

And of course cutting people off that Trish Spencer doesn’t seem to want to hear from is not something new:

The only difference from today vs in the past when these other incidents happened is that now Trish Spencer’s behavior is being either (1) overlooked by or (2) endorsed by some of the other members of the City Council because it’s politically expedient for them to do so.


  1. It’s nice, isn’t it, that we have these recordings so that voters can see their electeds in action?

    (Unless it’s required by the Brown Act or otherwise) a Council less interested in the public seeing its business being done might opt to turn the cameras off.

    Comment by MP — May 14, 2018 @ 6:55 am

  2. Lauren, I think you meant to write “being either overlooked”….


    Comment by Jon Spangler — May 14, 2018 @ 7:06 am

    • I like her “behind” better.

      Comment by Jack — May 14, 2018 @ 7:47 am

    • Yes thanks! Sometimes autocomplete tries to be helpful and it’s not.

      Comment by Lauren Do — May 14, 2018 @ 8:05 am

  3. It doesn’t make much sense to complain about council meetings being too long, and in the same blog, complain about speakers being cut off. You cannot have it both ways.

    Comment by vigi — May 14, 2018 @ 9:13 am

    • Once again, you’re comparing apples to lame analogies, genius!

      Comment by Rod — May 14, 2018 @ 10:15 am

    • Sorry, Vig. That was not anywhere near the shortening the meeting. That was a rude cut off intended to both diminish “Lots of us have met with Linda. . .” anything that was going to be said and a pretty clear “I’m in charge here and you are not going to get any word in.” I think it is fair to call rude when things get rude. This does not meet the standard of civil discourse.

      Comment by kate Quick — May 14, 2018 @ 4:20 pm

      • this mayor has never met the standard of civil discourse. The chair being rude and cutting off public speakers, much less council members is against what Democracy is.

        Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — May 14, 2018 @ 4:43 pm


    Comment by Catherine — May 14, 2018 @ 8:54 pm

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