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July 10, 2018

Sending you NextDoor

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

Does everyone here have access to NextDoor?  If you do, I would recommend going there and making sure your settings are open to more than just your own neighborhood.

Are you doing it?

Then search for “Stewart Chen”

And you will get a doozy of discussion.

Then come back here and we’ll chat about it.

I would post bits of it, but Stewart Chen does not sound like the nicest of guys and he sounds highly litigious.  Let’s just say my guess about the landlords possibly electing to back him is probably incorrect.

Also, people who have endorsed him may be rethinking their endorsements after that backstory involving Stewart Chen and an HOA.

The hilarious thing about the NextDoor thread is all the NextDoor-ers are trying to tie Stewart Chen to Rob Bonta, but I don’t believe that Rob Bonta has endorsed Stewart Chen.

You know who has endorsed Stewart Chen?

Trish Spencer.



  1. I just can’t with NextDoor. That’s the place where Alamedans go when the 94501 Facebook group isn’t quite racist enough for them.

    Comment by Rod — July 10, 2018 @ 8:54 am

    • Nextdoor made “What’s Happening Alameda” look tame and tolerant in comparison.

      Comment by JRB — July 10, 2018 @ 10:44 am

  2. Stewart Chen was very supportive of affordable housing and open to progressive ideas as a councilman. Now, it sounds like he has been recruited by the real estate crowd. They do that, pick a somewhat vulnerable candidate without a strong base or funding and get behind him or her so they have someone on the council in their pocket.

    Comment by Laura Thomas — July 10, 2018 @ 9:23 am

    • The NextDoor threads are in an echo chamber that is put forth by those that signed the landlord’s petition to ban rent control in Alameda in any form, with a vocal ringleader being one of the condo owners the same complex as Stewart Chen. Chen declined to sign their petition.

      Comment by Alan — July 13, 2018 @ 11:18 am

  3. Rob Bonta issued a California Assembly Proclamation honoring Honorable Stewart Chen DC. How is that NOT an endorsement of Stewart Chen?

    Along with the IAFF, .Chen was a sponsor of the 2018 Bonta Chili Cook-off.

    [Laura Thomas. I thought you had more political chops than your comment reflects.]

    Comment by vigi — July 10, 2018 @ 9:52 am

    • Because endorsements are typically listed on the candidate’s website:

      Like so:

      Please note, no where is Rob Bonta or Malia Vella or Jim Oddie listed on said endorsement list.

      But Trish Spencer is.

      Comment by Lauren Do — July 10, 2018 @ 11:41 am

      • Is it safe to conclude that you consider an endorsement of Chen to be a character flaw?

        Comment by dave — July 10, 2018 @ 1:33 pm

        • Not a character flaw but highly misguided.

          Comment by Lauren Do — July 10, 2018 @ 1:38 pm

      • I think you mean this time around. Two of the three (Bonta and Vella) endorsed Stewart Chen in 2014, assuming his website is correct and that they did not un-endorse at some point.

        Comment by MP — July 10, 2018 @ 3:34 pm

        • Endorsements need to be current right? I imagine that lots of people regret past endorsements and some people coughstewartchencough pull endorsements during campaigns as well.

          Comment by Lauren Do — July 10, 2018 @ 4:29 pm

        • If they endorsed him in ‘14, that was after his prior misdeeds had come to light, wasn’t it?

          Comment by dave — July 10, 2018 @ 4:50 pm

        • cough, cough ?

          Comment by MP — July 10, 2018 @ 8:06 pm

  4. I thought Carol had more political shops then her comment reflects.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — July 10, 2018 @ 10:39 am

    • “Bonta Cartel”? Good Lord.

      Comment by JRB — July 10, 2018 @ 10:55 am

    • Chops, not shops. Your point? Maybe I just have a hard time understanding a person who changed their voter registration from GOP to Democrat because they just wanted elective office so badly.

      Unendorsements do happen: Over 15 years ago Judge Bartalini prematurely endorsed the hospital parcel tax. Then when he realized what it would mean, he wrote a letter to the editor in the Alameda Sun, urging people NOT to vote for it.

      The Chen et al fraud was a pretty big story statewide, in the LA Times.

      If you consider Bonta a well-informed state legislator, it would be pretty strange for someone on his staff to miss it.

      Comment by vigi — July 10, 2018 @ 7:14 pm

      • Yes using a computer is challenging and sometimes we hit the wrong key. And sometimes in our need to gather information for our conspiracy theories we cross a line.

        Comment by Mike McMahon — July 11, 2018 @ 9:31 am

        • One year ago this week, I was in Kaiser Hospital, having my fifth spine surgery. Without it, I wouldn’t even be able to sit and type this comment. It would not have been possible if I had not been able to obtain my medical records by irregular means. It was worth all the idiotic hateful comments spewed by know-nothing self-righteous trolls who see a political angle where none exists.

          Comment by vigi — July 11, 2018 @ 2:28 pm

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