Blogging Bayport Alameda

June 15, 2018

Good better best Alameda today tomorrow, take 2

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

So it appears that I had some technical difficulties yesterday, probably something to do with an image I had attached to the post yesterday. Ah well, here’s the second try of this particular post.

It’s not too much of a surprise that ACT has decided to choose for its possible PAC the name: A Better Deal For Alameda. It’s as though they were deliberately attempting to tie themselves to the Democratic (big D) ideals which also took on the “A Better Deal” tagline to provide a contrast to the Republican Party’s current offering.

At least they had the good sense to emulate a real actual tagline as opposed to Stewart Chen who elected to go with “A Better Alameda for Tomorrow” which evokes the Stephen Colbert joke PAC of “Americans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow.”

The problem with ACT attempting to style itself as the better choice than the existing status quo is that ACT does represent the current status quo.  Even though there is a hint of progressiveness on the City Council it’s not as though they’ve completely gone rogue.  You still have the “progressive” members of the City Council who spend way too much time accommodating the desires of the legacy Alamedans because those are the folks who are the most vocal when it comes to communicating in traditional forms that politicians are accustomed to paying attention to.

ACT may want to style itself as the new hotness but — in fact — it’s just the same old same old.

But since we’re on the subject of campaign taglines, I’m guessing that “Alamedans First” won’t be Trish Spencer’s first choice this time around again, eh?

[Insert Dr. Seuss America First graphic here as an uncomfortable reminder of Trish Spencer’s adoption of an isolationist slogan which is the reason why I think my post from yesterday got blanked out]

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21 Comments »

  1. “Even though there is a hint of progressiveness on the City Council it’s not as though they’ve completely gone rogue. You still have the “progressive” members of the City Council who spend way too much time accommodating the desires of the legacy Alamedans…”
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    Who are “the “progressive” members of the City Council who spend way too much time accommodating the desires of the legacy Alamedans…”, and what are the accommodations they have made?

    Comment by MP — June 15, 2018 @ 6:25 am

  2. You still have the “progressive” members of the City Council who spend way too much time accommodating the desires of the legacy Alamedans because those are the folks who are the most vocal when it comes to communicating in traditional forms that politicians are accustomed to paying attention to.

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    Where I come from that’s called “listening to your constituents” and “doing the will of the electorate.” Back there, we were taught in school that’s what representative democracy is and does.

    Comment by dave — June 15, 2018 @ 6:34 am

    • “Listening to your constituents” and “doing the will of the electorate” only if those “constituents” and that “electorate” agrees with my positions of x, y, or z. If not, they’re clearly doing the will of this special interest over there that I don’t agree with.

      Comment by Lauren Do — June 15, 2018 @ 7:46 am

  3. I’d be careful saying to people – it’s either my way or the highway – or you’re either with me or against me, or you’re either a Progressive or an legacy Alamedan.

    This type of polarization is what lead us to having Trump in the WH.

    Comment by Karen — June 15, 2018 @ 7:23 am

    • well said.

      Comment by MP — June 15, 2018 @ 7:34 am

    • You guys don’t get it. People who actually like Alameda are “stuck in a time warp.” Our blogmistress is “progressive.” Someday you’ll see the light.

      Comment by dave — June 15, 2018 @ 7:38 am

      • May you always be judged by your first impressions of community that you articulated more than 12 years ago.

        Comment by Lauren Do — June 15, 2018 @ 7:43 am

  4. Here’s another one – you’re either a Landlord or a Tenant. What if you’re neither? What if you’re just a homeowner? Or what if you’re a homeowner that will one day inherit your parent’s rental property?

    Thousands of people will feel like they are not being heard because of how you’re choosing to frame the issues.

    The Democratic Party wins when we have a big tent, let’s not forget this.

    I say there’s room for everyone!

    Comment by Karen — June 15, 2018 @ 8:05 am

    • Yep. I own a rental property elsewhere and live in my husband’s separate property here. For all intents and purposes I have no residence according to some, because I have no mortgage, bills in my name, rental contract. Yet here I am, and if he passes first, I’ll be the owner.Things are not simple nor black and white. There are almost always more than two choices.

      Comment by Dj — June 16, 2018 @ 7:19 am

  5. just “a hint of progressiveness” on the City Council = Sanctuary City resolution? Impeach Trump resolution? Divest from Wells Fargo resolution? Hardly the result of catering to “legacy Alamedans” [whoever THEY are].

    It is worth remembering that, during the original 1973 Measure A campaign, the Mayor wrote the ballot argument against Measure A, and his wife campaigned in favor of it. So much for all legacy Alamedans thinking the same.

    Why do you want everyone in Alameda to be the same political bent? You want the Island to be more of a liberal echo chamber than it already is?
    I’m glad not everyone is a democrat. Inbreeding causes genetic defects…very unhealthy.

    Comment by vigi — June 15, 2018 @ 9:29 am

  6. Happily inbred here. In my family, we call those who marry Republicans, “in a mixed marriage”. 7th generation Californian (yes, even before it was “California, the State” ) and a proud liberal Democrat. Open to new ideas. Open to knowing facts and thinking about them (both sides of the issue) before making up my mind. Not adverse to change, if it makes sense. Not afraid of people not like me. Know enough about my religion to understand that what is going on in the U>S> is not Bible-based, loving or kind. ACT is getting its act together for the November elections, creating a PAC, trying to coalesce with their like minded, and finding candidates to back to “take back” the Council. I laud their civic engagement. I look forward to them offering solutions of a practical and do-able nature, and hope they do not resort to hyperbole and smears, as some have done in the past. Not good for the City on the part of any office seeker, from any side. This inbred liberal Democrat says, “Let the games begin!”

    Comment by kate Quick — June 15, 2018 @ 10:34 am

    • Seven generations ago, Republicans were the anti-slavery party, and Democrats were likely to be the “racists”. Better have Rasheed examine your heritage, Kate! 🙂

      Comment by vigi — June 15, 2018 @ 11:42 am

      • Sorry, that may have been true in the Nation, particularly in the South, but in California, we’ve always done things differently. Our family roots are in people like Woodrow Wilson and FDR, and Harry S. Truman. Not to mention the Kennedys, Carter, LBJ (Civil Rights Act), Clinton and Obama. None of those advocated racist policies, except for FDR and the internment of the Japanese during WWII, which was very bad stuff, but supported by the Republicans as well. Remember Mrs. FDR opened the way for a gifted black woman to sing in Constitution Hall to the horror of the DAR.

        Seven generations ago, my people came here from Mexico and were Californios, managing their Spanish Land Grant property and ranching. Since they came when we were not part of the USA, I wouldn’t expect them to identify with American Political Policies. When the other side came in the 1870’s, as Irish railroad workers, they were union organizers and definitely “left-leaning.” I sort of think we might pass Rasheed’s look into our past. We were poor and while white privileged, never involved in the politics of racial divide.

        Comment by kate Quick — June 15, 2018 @ 3:43 pm

        • Unfortunately, the California Irish workingmen union organizers of the time were notorious for their virulent anti-Asian views and activities Ever hear of Denis Kearney?
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workingmen%27s_Party_of_California
          Their activities are credited with helping to pass the Chinese Exclusion Act. Rasheed called attention to this anti-Asian activity in his expose of Henry Haight. Many of the poor white Irish union organizers of the time not only were involved in, but instigated the “politics of racial divide”..

          But not YOUR ancestors?

          Comment by vigi — June 15, 2018 @ 4:01 pm

        • http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5046/

          Comment by vigi — June 15, 2018 @ 4:04 pm

        • Ms. Quick,

          You might want to re-think bragging about Woodrow Wilson as some sort of beacon of equality. He segregated much of the Federal work force, was sympathetic to the Klan and even screened Birth of a Nation at the White House. Racist quotes by Wilson himself appear in that film. Do some googling and you’ll probably be embarrassed having cited Wilson.

          Comment by dave — June 15, 2018 @ 4:37 pm

        • Politics of racial divide is code for we are post racial which is nonsense.

          Comment by Dj — June 16, 2018 @ 7:24 am

  7. I really don’t know what those early Irish thought about anything, because they were all died off by WWII, when I was born. But my Dad, a newspaper editor (Sacramento Union) was a staunch Democrat, as was my Mom, and they were both believers in FDR, the “New Deal”, etc. I do know about the wobblies and the union men and their predjudices, so that may have been so. I also have read a lot about Wilson, and it was not his race policies I think were admired, but his work for world peace. He wasn’t any too good to the ladies, either, as you may recall. Most of our leaders have great flaws, as well as good points. Such is the nature of mankind. I am sure Republicans would not like to reflect on some of the actions of their great leaders (Iran-Contra, Watergate, the middle east crisis, etc. not to mention the hijinks the current guy is indulging in – insulting our friends and making buddies with murderous dictators for starters.)

    Comment by kate Quick — June 15, 2018 @ 8:50 pm

  8. My point is this:

    Many of us are Hillary Clinton Democrats, with varying views on one issue or another — but we can’t afford to allow these differences to divide us again like it did in the 2016 election. Those divisions cost us an important election, and Mueller has warned us that the Russians are preparing to attack us again in the upcoming mid-term elections.

    http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/392453-Mueller-warns-of-Russian-midterm-attack-while-Trump-attacks-Mueller

    Democrats are winning again because we realize that “Our Tent Is Big” wins us more votes – not less. We are now winning in red states, and taking back some of the states that went from blue to red in the last election. We need to build on this momentum.

    Comment by Karen — June 16, 2018 @ 8:40 am

    • Mueller is just keeping you scared lady. Hillary Clinton Dems are not progressive.

      Comment by michonnekatana — June 24, 2018 @ 9:02 pm

  9. I do not consider the ACT to represent much of a “progressive” view. Based on the candidates they have previously endorsed, I do not expect their future candidates to be running on platforms that will be healthy for Alameda’s future, either.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — June 25, 2018 @ 7:58 am


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