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October 30, 2018

This ain’t it chief

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

On Friday, head ACT PACer/A Better Alameda-er Paul Foreman decided to push back against my, very correct, conclusion that ACT PAC/ABA published a whole passel of lies about Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft in order to prop up their candidate, Trish Spencer.

He left it as though it was some amazing mic drop, but didn’t realize how badly he fumbled the drop:

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.

In a way this is kind of like when he tried to disagree with me about Municipal Services Districts, posted a link to a document that he clearly didn’t read carefully and which contained information which did the exact opposite of his intent: it refuted his assertion.

In this case, he pulled the same thing, again.  Here’s the line from the ad:


Now, he admits that the land they were referring to was not Crab Cove itself, but the Neptune Pointe property instead.

But the statement “re-zone…from open space parkland to market-rate housing” needs to be supported by at least one major fact: that the Neptune Point property was zoned open space parkland.

Even the document that Paul Foreman provides as proof, refutes the very basic premise of that quote: the land was not open space parkland.

There are two references:




The only way that ACT PAC/ABA can maintain that its statement is not a lie is if they can reasonably argue that Administrative Professional with a Government overlay is the same as “open space parkland.”

Barring that, ACT PAC/ABA should really issue a retraction or an apology to Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft.  Unless they’re okay with outright deception in order to get Trish Spencer elected.

(side note: I’m not even going to go into full detail about why the whole staff report and agenda item was up for discussion and vote, suffice it to say that if it didn’t happen, the Department of Housing and Community Development would not have certified Alameda’s Housing Element which would have put Alameda, again, out of compliance. But nuances and making adult decisions isn’t, I guess, important to ACT PAC/ABA, for whom ideology is the only important deciding factor.)


  1. I’m gonna go with “outright deception to get Trish Spencer elected”, this seems to be a Paul Foreman trait.

    Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — October 30, 2018 @ 8:54 am

    • Agreed. Paul doesn’t want to lose his position on the Open Government Commission. Makes him feel powerful.

      Comment by Eyeroll — October 30, 2018 @ 11:02 am

      • Wait. The person whose PAC is the only one that doesn’t want to share the candidate responses to its questionnaire is on the “open government commission? Is this a joke?

        Comment by Jason B — October 30, 2018 @ 3:01 pm

    • This guy’s on the open government commission? Jesus wept.

      Comment by BC — October 30, 2018 @ 2:44 pm

  2. What are the legal consequences for a PAC and its members for printing an outright lie (as opposed to the usual politicians’ trick of seriously misleading implications that fall short of actual lying)? This shows some naïvete. Cue the whataboutism.

    Comment by BC — October 30, 2018 @ 9:43 am

  3. They got a detail wrong but there larger point still is right. That the Planning Board sought to build housing on a site many wanted for the East Bay Parks.

    Comment by fan of crab cove — October 30, 2018 @ 9:58 am

    • Like Sir Mick and the boys have sung, you can’t always get what you want.

      Comment by Rod — October 30, 2018 @ 10:24 am

    • Many people many have wanted that, but EBRPD did not, and it was their decision to make, not “many people.”

      Comment by Kate Quick — October 30, 2018 @ 11:04 am

  4. That “detail” is the crux of the argument against Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft: that she voted to turn open space into housing. This is patently untrue.

    Not only that, the nuance of that argument is that she didn’t cast a vote to rezone. She cast a vote to recommend that the City Council rezone to align the General Plan and Housing Element.

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 30, 2018 @ 10:20 am

    • Right out of the Trump/Republican play book. Tell a big whopper (aka LIE) and then be bald faced about it and just keep repeating it until it becomes believed. Ref. the “hoards” marching up from Central America to our Southern Border to take over the U.S. Yeah, right. A rag-tail army of women and kids and a few men with no money, no weapons, and nobody backing them up. Not to worry, though, Mr. Trump is sending military troops with modern weapons to contain them from overrunning us.
      Frankly, I do not believe that Marilyn Ashcraft plans to take our parkland and turn it into housing, then or now, and those who do, and are putting out this drivel should be ashamed of themselves and apologize for their mendacity.

      Comment by Kate Quick — October 30, 2018 @ 11:12 am

      • Lies are bad enough. However, you may be letting Trump off the hook – and overusing the label – by equating him with simple lying. In his developer days, he probably did lie about parks and housing. His lying about “witch hunt” investigations, “enemies of the people”, caravans, racial minorities, victimization, etc., however, are directed at, or at least recklessly close to, deeper foundations.

        Comment by MP — October 30, 2018 @ 12:55 pm

  5. Oh joy. Somehow they got my email address. I’m just overjoyed to be getting these lies from A Better Alameda in my inbox too.

    Comment by Jennifer — October 30, 2018 @ 4:58 pm

    • Make you sure you unsubscribe at the bottom of the email and check the box that you did not sign up. Hopefully, Mailchhimp will close down the account.

      Comment by Mike McMahon — October 30, 2018 @ 6:06 pm

  6. It appears that you’ve mastered Trumps technique of directing attention away from your own candidate’s foibles by attacking those who disagree with you.

    Let’s take a look at John K-W. He recently and reluctantly acknowled accepting several thousand dollars in union donations. Evidently he forgot that he’d said he wouldn’t accept such donations. And he hasn’t acknowledged their very significant in-kind donations in the form of their non-Alameda members walking neighborhoods promoting his candidacy in the same way that out of town firemeanies and other union rank and file provide secret and unreported in-kind scut work for JO and MEA.

    Oh. And lets not forget how the firemeanies fund the lieing attack ads against Tony Daysog that helped MV slither past him and into her current position on the Council the last time around.

    Well, they’re at it again with another round of false statements mailed to unsuspecting potential voters, as if you hadn’t noticed. Too, bad for them that their mailing lists include a hundred and fifty addresses that don’t even exist in Alameda. False accusations sent to false addresses. How sweet it is. Hopefully, they do a better job with their trucks than they do with their pony express delivery service.

    Just keep your readers focused on PF and away from your own candidates’ deceptive and fraudulent misdeeds.

    The Donald would be proud of you. Maybe you should send in your job app to Sarah Sanders?

    On Tue, Oct 30, 2018, 6:05 AM Blogging Bayport Alameda Lauren Do posted: “On Friday, head ACT PACer/A Better Alameda-er Paul > Foreman decided to push back against my, very correct, conclusion that ACT > PAC/ABA published a whole passel of lies about Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft in > order to prop up their candidate, Trish Spencer. He left” >

    Comment by Terry Toster — October 31, 2018 @ 9:36 am

    • It appears that you’ve mastered Trumps technique of directing attention away from your own candidate’s foibles by attacking those who disagree with you.

      Considering this post is literally about ACT PAC/ABA’s ad about Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and somehow you’re now talking about other candidates, perhaps some self-reflection would come in handy here?

      But since you’re here maybe you can explain how Administrative Professional with a Government Overlay zoning is the same as “open space parkland.” I can’t get a response from Paul Foreman.

      Comment by Lauren Do — October 31, 2018 @ 10:12 am

    • Florence Erlenmeyer and now Terry Toster. Nothing says “courage of my convictions” like endless pseudonyms. They go well with the pseudofacts you’ve written.

      Comment by Gaylon — October 31, 2018 @ 11:49 am

      • Are you telling us that Gaylon is one of your endless pseudonyms?

        Comment by Terry — October 31, 2018 @ 11:27 pm

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