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August 1, 2018

Can’t find a better name

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

On Monday this is what the ACT PAC/A Better Alameda’s website looked like.  Evidently they had forgotten to populate their website with general information.

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They spent some time on developing a logo, purchasing a domain, getting a WordPress template up, but very little else.  Even what they did put up was highly massaged from the message that was sent to various candidates for office in the form of a candidate questionnaire.

But this, folks, is what the website looks like this morning:


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I’m not sure which is better.

Moving on.

When I saw that ACT PAC had changed from its initial name of “A Better Deal for Alameda” to “A Better Alameda” I knew the truncated name sounded vaguely familiar, but couldn’t remember why it was familiar.  I mean, it’s so vaguely offensive in a non-offensive way that it could have come from anywhere.

Until I realize where it came from:  Stewart Chen.

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They dropped the “for Tomorrow” but the essential essentialness of “A Better Alameda” links the two camps.

Stewart Chen and ACT PAC/A Better Tomorrow.  Yeah, this is totally a match made in Alameda heaven.


  1. Well considering that Stewart Chen’s first response to meeting me when I started the Renters Coalition was “Alameda will never have rent control”, and couldn’t be bothered to take even a moment to express any empathy whatsoever for what renters were going through, you could say that the ABA policy is a Better Alameda for Landlords.

    Comment by Angela — August 1, 2018 @ 6:56 am

  2. Wait, I thought Stewart Chen had the support of Alameda Firefighters and Rob Bonta like last time.

    Comment by MP — August 1, 2018 @ 7:21 am

    • Considering he didn’t have it the last time he was contemplating running for City Council again, why would he have it now?

      Comment by Lauren Do — August 1, 2018 @ 7:50 am

      • Why did he have it before?

        Comment by MP — August 1, 2018 @ 7:58 am

        • Maybe he was a different candidate? A lot of people who used to support Tony Daysog no longer do now.

          Comment by Lauren Do — August 1, 2018 @ 9:20 am

        • Same Assm. Bonta and Fire Local though

          Comment by MP — August 1, 2018 @ 9:46 am

      • Per Form 496, in 2014, Alameda Firefighters PAC spent $1755.30 on mailers in support of Stewart Chen.

        Comment by vigi — August 1, 2018 @ 10:23 am

        • Mayor Trish had endorsed Stewart Chen.

          Comment by Karen — August 1, 2018 @ 12:38 pm

  3. I’m reminded of Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC from the old “Colbert Report”: “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow”

    Comment by trow125 — August 1, 2018 @ 9:46 am

  4. I would caution against dismissing ACT for not putting up their message quickly or seeming clumsy with a website. They are very crafty folks. Their whole “better Alameda” line and using affordable housing as one of their stances is a calculated message to a swath of Alameda who are easily persuaded that city hall is rotten because there are homeless folks, pot-holed streets and too much development and traffic.

    Remember ACT got Trish Spencer elected. It’s going to take a concerted effort by Alamedans with a clear idea of how powerful forces undermine local democracy to fight this seemingly “reasonable” group of people as well as the folks behind the amendment to put the lousy rent stabilization ordinance into the city charter.

    The two groups, Alamedans in Charge and the Alameda Citizens Task Force, despite their small-town America clean politics talk, want to take down the progressive council, local labor unions, destroy public pensions and take away the rights and security of Alameda’s renters permanently.

    Everybody who wants to oppose this assault on our local rights and governance must unite this fall. We need all the help we can get.

    Comment by Laura Thomas — August 1, 2018 @ 9:51 am

    • Agreed. Locally, nationally and internationally, pitchfork populism is on the rise. ACT/Make Alameda Great Again may have no workable solutions whatsoever, but they don’t need them in order to rile people up. They will affordable housing in similarly to how Trump uses his professed concern for the downtrodden: a smokescreen for a reactionary agenda.

      Comment by BC — August 1, 2018 @ 11:20 am

    • C’mon Laura. ACT did not “get Spencer elected.” Four years ago she ran a true grass roots campaign-not even spending 1/10th if what Gilmore spent in union and PAC money.

      Comment by Nowyouknow — August 1, 2018 @ 3:37 pm

      • Trish Spencer cobbled together a coalition of the disgruntled by agreeing to never agree to anything. She won by 300 votes.

        Comment by Lauren Do — August 1, 2018 @ 4:38 pm

    • The “local labor unions” are anything but “clean politics.” The IAFF is busy bankrupting the city so they can have outrageous pensions and out-of-control salaries.

      Comment by D — August 2, 2018 @ 6:27 am

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