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October 26, 2018

Call it by its name

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

I guess A Better Alameda aka ACT PAC has abandoned all pretense that they are superior to all the other PACs.  From the crazy insert that went into the Alameda Sun last week with the faces of non endorsed candidates crossed out like some political hit list.   To this week, where they decide to go for out and out untruths when attempting to urge people to not vote for Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft.

Here’s the ad in the Alameda Sun:

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First of all, the first bullet point. That is some truly creative framing of what actually happened. And by “creative” I mean “bullshit.” One of the things that I majorly disagreed with Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft in last few months was how much she actually supported the former City Manager Jill Keimach.  The votes involving the City Manager — at least the ones we were aware of — were unanimous to place her on leave during the investigation period.  And at the end Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, along with the majority of the City Council, voted for the settlement.  But at no time was there a vote to “fire” the City Manager.   But that was just a creative framing.

The third bullet point is simply an out and out lie.

Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft never voted to rezone Crab Cove from open space to housing.  Because first, it literally never happened.

Now, if this is referring to the Neptune Pointe/McKay Avenue/TLC property, then it’s still a lie. Neptune Pointe was federal property with an actual building on top.  It was never zoned at any time during Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft’s time on the City Council (the only public policy board with the authority to rezone property) as open space.  It was zoned Administrative Professional with a Government Overlay (AP-G) just like the site that is currently earmarked for the Wellness Center.   In 2011 after being purchased by Tim Lewis Communities, TLC sent a request to rezone the property from AP-G to R4.  Of course after that there was all the drama around the site because EBRPD wanted the property but failed to bid for it or didn’t want to pay for it which culminated in a ballot initiative petition to zone the property to open space.  TLC decided to not move forward with purchasing the property and the City Council then opted (under Marie Gilmore) to zone the property to open space.

It’s notable that A Better Alameda, unlike all other candidates and PACs decided to not notate what proof they are using for their “facts.”  I’ve seen a handful of people get all up into the social media of other candidates asking them to denounce the recent mailer from the Firefighters PAC.  And at least one has and expressed disappointment in the tone.  So far it appears that none of the candidates that have been endorsed by ABA have denounced the crossed out hit list insert in last weeks’ Sun and definitely no one has denounced this ad which is full of straight up lies.   It’s interesting the double standards being held for some PACs and some candidates, but not others.


  1. Don’t dis the old white racist group. They’re just trying to Make Alameda Great Again!

    Comment by Rod — October 26, 2018 @ 6:51 am

  2. I agree with your assessment that Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft supported the City Manager Jill Keimach, which is one reason she lost the fire fighter’s endorsement.

    It’s obvious the ABA group is trying to re-write history!

    I’m upset that I’m having to choose between Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Frank Matarrese for Mayor. They are both great leaders, and would make an outstanding Mayor, but since I must choose, I’m voting for Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft for Mayor. We don’t agree on everything, but I know she cares deeply for our city and will put our city first.

    Unlike Mayor Spencer who said the Cannabis Ordinance was the most important thing she has accomplished, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft is known for her community work, her commitment to uplifting working class families, her leadership on the Planning Board, her work on the Main Library, and her service on the Economic Development Commission.

    Her focus as Mayor will be on creating jobs, building housing for all income levels, and creating better transit opportunities for our community.

    Our vote matters, and I am voting for Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft for Mayor!

    Comment by Karen — October 26, 2018 @ 9:08 am

    • Apparently you haven’t attended Council meetings and listened to MEA’S off point and irrational arguments when she attempts to explain why she’s going to vote a certain way on the issue being voted on. It’s hard to believe anyone can take her seriously.

      Comment by Terry — October 29, 2018 @ 8:47 am

      • Have you listened to Trish? Talk about off point and irrational!

        Comment by Oh the Irony! — October 29, 2018 @ 1:44 pm

      • Yes. Sober judgment matters.

        Comment by BC — October 29, 2018 @ 2:10 pm

  3. I don’t know that there was a vote to “fire” either. Maybe that can be explained. The vote to pay out $1M + (plus salary for a replacement city manager) may also have been the only alternative at that point given what has been reported in both the District Attorney report and the Jenkins report.

    That said, the one person on Council who appeared to directly confront Mr. Oddie for attempting to influence the fire chief selection was Mr. Mataresse. Maybe Ashcraft tried to prevent Ms. Vella and Mr Oddie from doing that, but all the Jenkins report says is that she mentioned to Mr. Mataresse that someone on the Council had written an endorsement letter (in fact, if anything, the report suggests that Ms. Vella – after the 90-minute tape recorded meeting with Oddie and Keimach – may have said something to try to discourage Ashcraft from getting much further involved after Ashcraft told Vella that she was going to set up a meeting between Keimach and [redacted] re the fire chief selection; Ashcraft did try to set that meeting up [PAGE 40]).

    It was Mr. Mataresse made his own inquiries and confronted Mr. Oddie, according to the report, after learning who wrote it. That same day, Ms. Keimach wrote her letter making the issue pulbic.

    Comment by MP — October 26, 2018 @ 9:45 am

  4. I think they made the ad themselves, perhaps as a group at breakfast at Ole’s.

    Comment by BC — October 26, 2018 @ 10:56 am

    • I’ve lived here almost 18 years and I’ve never been to Ole’s. Am I missing anything?

      Comment by dave — October 26, 2018 @ 11:05 am

      • what a party pooper

        Comment by MP — October 26, 2018 @ 12:58 pm

      • Ole’s is old school east Alameda. Anybody living west of Grand St. is verboten.

        Comment by Jack — October 26, 2018 @ 5:27 pm

        • We ate at Ole’s many times when we lived east of Grand Street, Jack. No lightning struck and no one escoprted o us out as “illegal” breakfasters…

          Comment by Jon Spangler — October 29, 2018 @ 7:46 pm

      • Dave, its been 75 years for me, and I have only been to Ole’s once. your not missing anything food wise, its not bad.

        Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — October 30, 2018 @ 8:58 am

  5. Lauren, Your allegation that our claim that Ms. Ashcraft voted for the rezoning of Crab Cove to medium density residential is 99% wrong. The 1 % right is that a more accurate description of the property we are referring to is Neptune Pointe/McKay Street.. However your are dead wrong that Ms. Ashcraft did not vote for it. She and John Knox White, along with every other member of the Planning Board, voted for it at a meeting of June 11, 2012. This decision was then confirmed by Council on July 3, 2012. See the City Manager report to Council at or refer to the minutes of the June 11, 2012 Planning Board meeting.

    With regard to Ms. Ashcraft’s role in the departure of Ms. Keimach, “firing” was not the most accurate term, but when one leaves a job under threat of criminal prosecution and only after receiving an almost one million dollar settlement to keep her from suing the City for her dismissal, I don’t think anyone should take issue from it being described as a firing. Our criticism of Ms. Ashcraft in this instance is directed toward the almost one million dollar settlement, that both Trish Spencer and Melia Vella voted against. It is obvious that their dissenting votes were not in defense of Ms. Keimach, but an objection to the amount of the settlement.

    Comment by Paul S Foreman — October 26, 2018 @ 11:39 am

    • That parcel is NOT crab cove. That parcel was never zoned open space prior to the 2014 City Council rezoning it open space.

      The Planning Board makes recommendations TO the City Council to rezone. They are not the body that can rezone.

      Your bullet point is a lie.

      You acknowledgement that using the word “firing” was inaccurate means that you acknowledge to that bullet point also is a lie.

      Comment by Lauren Do — October 26, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    • You do realize your link contradicts your bullet point too right? Your bullet point says:

      Voted to rezone Crab Cove from open space parkland to market rate housing

      The document you linked to reads:

      The “Neptune Point” site from Federal Facilities to Medium Density Residential

      Unless you think that “Federal Facilities” is somehow equal to “open space parkland” your bullet point. is. a. lie.

      Comment by Lauren Do — October 26, 2018 @ 11:59 am

    • The ad is very misleading indeed. “Rezone Crab Cove” suggests the park. And you concede above that “firing” is not accurate. Did your little band really write this yourselves, as suggested by the poor design and bad punctuation? I do hope you had a good lawyer (like the one in the photo) review it.

      Comment by BC — October 26, 2018 @ 5:27 pm

    • Paul, your statement is an outright lie. Crab Cove is on land owned and operated by East Bay Regional Park. The city council has never taken up a reasoning of that land. The city did take up reasoning of land adjacent to Crab Cove. Facts matter. If you are going to succumb to the same fear monger it being invoked by other groups to slander candidates the you are not taking the high road. Your tactics are disgusting slanderous and not worthy of a group that claims to be trying to make Alameda better. Nothin less then an apology of the same size as your attack ad shows you really couldn’t care less about Alameda’s well-being. Truth. Learn how it works.

      Comment by Doug Biggs — October 27, 2018 @ 2:22 am

    • Paul, your Trump-esq rhetoric is appalling.

      Comment by Eyeroll — October 29, 2018 @ 9:17 am

    • Will you issue an apology? Has anyone reported you to state authorities yet?

      Reflecting your candidate’s personality, this is very Trumpian behavior from a right-wing PAC. We need a mayor who displays sober and unclouded judgment.

      Comment by BC — October 29, 2018 @ 11:34 am

      • If that’s your requirement for a mayor, I believe you’re going to find MEA significantly lacking.

        Comment by Terry — October 29, 2018 @ 11:19 pm

        • I’ll take that over certainty of our local Trump. Sobriety is a good thing in a mayor.

          Comment by BC — October 30, 2018 @ 9:36 am

  6. No on 11

    Comment by Jack — October 26, 2018 @ 6:53 pm

  7. No surprise but the numbers from Yes on K Alamedans in Charge are unbelievable. Year to date, contributions totaled $234,000 and expenditures totaled $362,000 for outstanding debts of $123,000. After the October 22nd filing, Ballena Village contributed $42,000 to the campaign.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — October 26, 2018 @ 10:13 pm

    • Thanks for this. Sequoia Equity, the Walnut Creek corporation that owns both Ballena Village and Tower Apartments, has actually contributed a combined $100,000 as of yesterday.

      They contributed $50,000 a couple days ago.

      The total amount is now at $272,000, with 82% of that coming from outside of Alameda.

      Comment by Jason B — October 27, 2018 @ 12:50 pm

  8. A recap of all 2018 campaign activity.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — October 27, 2018 @ 12:37 pm

  9. Anyone else find it troubling that this PAC is endorsing Trish and the leader of this PAC was appointed to the Open Government Commission by Trish and if she loses, he loses his seat? Seems like a conflict to me.

    Comment by Eyeroll — October 29, 2018 @ 2:49 pm

  10. The uncivil tone of the ACT PAC and the mis-named “Alamedans in Charge,” especially when combined with their lack of “truthiness,” makes it easy to vote the opposite way from their rather shrill recommendations. OTOH, I could use less emotionalism and negativity in the mailers funded by our local unions, too. Neither side serves democracy and community values well when the “hit” starts flying…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — October 29, 2018 @ 7:55 pm

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