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September 19, 2018

Answer the question

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

Here’s a fun set of videos of the first question asked (not including opening remarks) of the Democratic Club’s City Council candidate forum.  The question posed was “What are your top 2 or 3 accomplishments recently as part of or working with city government that have made Alameda a better place?”

As you can guess that farther the initial question from the responder the less the person actually answered the question being asked.

Some people answered the question fairly straightforward addressing the actual question, others were a little more creative with their interpretations.

First up Jim Oddie.  He listed cannabis regulation, Alameda Marina project, and Site A as what he is “most proud of.”  Which wasn’t the actual point of the question but at least the answer was straightforward and featured, most importantly, recent accomplishments.

Next is Tony Daysog.  Tony Daysog does his Tony Daysog thing which is talk about himself first in a non relevant way.  He list the “Citywide Transit Strategy” that he believes he initiated in 2015 and says that he continued to work on.  But, of course, had he worked on it (or even follow the project) he would know it’s called the Transportation Choices Plan.  He also claims credit for creating Municipal Services District in 1995 which, even if he did, was like if someone claimed credit for getting a no cost conveyance for Alameda Point.  AKA not recent, which was one of the descriptors in the question.  To put some context behind that, I was still in high school in 1995.  Also going back into the way back machine, Tony Daysog wants you to vote for him for being one of many votes to get prayers removed from City Council meetings.  This all boils down to Tony Daysog has no recent accomplishments that have made the City of Alameda better.

Next up John Knox White.  He lists Alameda Marina project (sitting on the Planning Board subcommittee to hear neighborhood and business concerns and work the the developer), chaired Economic Development Strategic Plan, and transportation commitments for Alameda Marina project.

Next up Robert Matz. He decides to go with the “proud of the work I do” rather than the actual question.  But he does launch with a respectable answer by saying he works on landlord/tenant disputes as part of his daily practice.  He then takes credit for his wife’s work on the Sister City project by “holding her purse.”  And then he says he’s shown up to a few City Council meetings.  Essentially, he’s done very little and he had time to think about it while three other people were talking and only came up with one strong and two lame examples.

Finally Stewart Chen.  Stewart Chen has had the good fortune of having all that time to think about what he wants to say.  He lists no cost conveyance of Alameda Point.  Of course he literally had nothing to do with the negotiations on this so it’s sort of weird he’s taking credit for this.  He also lists his time on the Social Services Human Relations Board which is also not a recent accomplishment.  He attempts to tie his work way back then to the “Everyone Belongs Here” campaign which, if Stewart Chen wasn’t trying to find a relevant tie in, would know that the Everyone Belongs Here campaign originated from the LGBT roundtable for the Alameda Unified School District.  Then he runs out of time.

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