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November 8, 2018

Substance over style

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Just in case Robert Matz stays at fourth place and doesn’t get the seat on the City Council I wanted to be able to mock this flyer before it was too late.

I received this last week on my door and perhaps Robert Matz was counting on everyone picking up the door hanger at night and maybe not seeing the whited-out sections, but this was a rare day that I walked in through the front door in full sunlight.

Usually I just toss any election materials into a pile but this one didn’t have an FPPC number.  Then I noticed the white out sections.  Then I scratched off the white out:

City. Auditor. Kevin. Smith.

I mean, this is pretty much par for the course for his campaign in general.  Just an overall lack of preparedness.  At this point the only “meaningful change” he would have brought was to complete rename the City Auditor.

As I mentioned yesterday if the numbers and the spread hold for Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft (crossed fingers) she will have won without any assistance from external forces at all.  This time around the big money went to Trish Spencer in the form of her face on nearly all of the Yes on K collateral that went on all our doors and in all of our mailboxes.  Trish Spencer also had the support of a Better Alameda/ ACT PAC as well, which was small but Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft didn’t even have the benefit of a small PAC either to send out literature on her behalf.  With the only other big player, the unions, sitting out the Mayoral race she was really on her own.  Sometimes what it takes is just a campaign that keeps the momentum going and doesn’t stop during the election season.   So maybe, just maybe future campaigns don’t need to involve quite as much external assistance to make an impact, just a campaign putting its head down and putting in the hard work.  Which, for me, is indicative of the type of effort this candidate will put in once elected.

Unlike other candidates who made big shows during commute hours and really stopped there with campaigning efforts, it’s the people who put in the time knocking on doors and making calls who came out on top and hopefully will stay there.  For the good of the Alameda City Council.


  1. Rob Bonta had a $1.2 million war chest spread among his candidates, JKW, Oddie and others, according to Stewart Chen. Not surprisingly, JKW and Mia Bonta were the highest vote getters. Measure K dragged candidates down, and bolstered others. Mattaresee’s candidacy was whimsical, and hurt Spencer who otherwise would have easily won reelection. The local landlord group clearly miscalculated, but the overwhelming defeat of Proposition 10 shows that the people of the State of California do not want rent control.

    Hard-hitting! Keep it up!

    Comment by Nowyouknow — November 8, 2018 @ 7:17 am

    • What does this have to do with Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft? She had zero external support. I realize for some just saying the words “Rob Bonta” is an automatic trigger but you’re really reaching this morning aren’t you.

      Comment by Lauren Do — November 8, 2018 @ 7:56 am

    • Actually, Frank Matarrese split off more would-be Ashcraft voters than Spencer voters, as they share a lot of political similarities. Ms. Vella has said the same, and she works with these people. So, Ashcraft is winning in SPITE of Matarrese, not because of.

      And yes, the landslide defeat for Measure K must’ve dragged down Spencer due to her endorsement, and the renters and their supporters rallied around Ashcraft.

      I wonder how Mr. Matz would’ve fared if Trish hadn’t endorsed Stewart Chen. Mr. Chen sure peeled off a lot of votes that could’ve gone to Mr. Matz. That was a weird move.

      Comment by Jason B — November 8, 2018 @ 10:12 am

  2. Snoochie boochie moochies, Matzy-boy! Pack o’ wraps my good man. It’s time to kick back, drinks some beers and shmoke some weeeeeeed! Noinch noinch noinch

    Comment by Rod — November 8, 2018 @ 7:19 am

  3. Oh no: Justice Ginsburg hospitalized after fracturing ribs in fall

    Comment by MP — November 8, 2018 @ 7:28 am

  4. Lauren,

    Looks like missed typo or incomplete edit here:

    As I mentioned yesterday if the numbers and the spread hold for Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft (crossed fingers) and Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft she will have won without any assistance from external forces at all.



    Comment by Jon Spangler — November 8, 2018 @ 7:40 am

  5. None of his materials or ads had his FPPC#. Oversight or hiding the source of his funding?

    Comment by Allan Mann — November 8, 2018 @ 7:50 am

  6. God willing–and if the roughly 10,000 mail-in ballots maintain the trends so far–we will have a functioning adult for a mayor and a more functional City Council, except for retread/newcomer/do-nothing Tony Daysog. (Oh, well…)

    I hope Robert Matz takes some time over the next few years to *actually contribute* to Alameda’s progress by joining one of our boards and commissions: he seems like a smart guy who is genuinely concerned about our community. Now he can do something other than talk about moving Alameda forward or fixing transportation problems.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — November 8, 2018 @ 7:54 am

    • So not only does Jon’s omnipotent imaginary playmate involve Himself in petty local politics, He also supports Jon’s favored candidates!

      Comment by dave — November 8, 2018 @ 8:48 am

  7. When your expensive campaign flyers come out misprinted, and you don’t have enough time or money for a do-over, your unpaid volunteers manually white-out the error on each and every flyer before hanging them. And this you mock? Pathetic. You really hate the little guys who have more heart than resources, don’t you?

    It would only be worthy of derision if Robert Matz did NOT catch and correct the error before sending out the door-hangers. But he caught and corrected it. What more do you want?

    Comment by vigi — November 8, 2018 @ 9:33 am

    • Maybe to get it right the first time?

      Comment by Angela — November 8, 2018 @ 12:09 pm

    • This isn’t like he left a letter off of a name, or misspelled a name – he got the whole last name wrong. If he can’t pay attention when creating a flier, how is he going to pay attention at council meetings?

      Comment by Eyeroll — November 8, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

      • How do you know “he” got it wrong? Maybe the printer got it wrong and “he” caught the error.

        But in a race where 2 of his opponents have criminal pasts (insurance fraud and charter violation) is a last minute typo meaningful at all?

        Comment by dave — November 8, 2018 @ 12:28 pm

        • I found the studied eccentricity of his signs more annoying. These weren’t an accident but a possible sign of a midlife crisis.

          Comment by BC — November 8, 2018 @ 12:48 pm

        • “Studied eccentricity.” I like that. Permission to use that myself?

          Comment by dave — November 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

        • only one of his opponents have a criminal past, (convicted felon). The other is “alleged”, unless you don’t believe in innocent until proven guilty.

          Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — November 8, 2018 @ 1:13 pm

        • You’re very welcome. I’m sure I heard it somewhere!

          Comment by BC — November 8, 2018 @ 2:40 pm

        • Poor excuse. With computers the only way to make an error of this magnitude is to not proofread. A group of seventh and eighth graders produced St. Joseph Elementary School’s yearbook and correctly spelled more than 250 names. Next time Matz should hire them.

          Comment by Larry Witte — November 8, 2018 @ 6:23 pm

      • Agreed, if you can’t pay enough attention to the details of your own campaign how can you be trusted to pay attention to the details of the City business. This wasn’t a document someone sent out on his behalf but actual campaign approved literature.

        And then there’s the lack of an FPPC number. I’m sure someone somewhere has a nifty excuse for Robert Matz’s lack of compliance with noticing requirements.

        Comment by Lauren Do — November 8, 2018 @ 12:50 pm

        • 1407059

          I’m slow with (today) a slow internet connection. It took me about 50 seconds to find on the City’s website.

          That’s not an excuse, but hopefully it remedies the grievance.

          Comment by MP — November 8, 2018 @ 1:37 pm

        • The rules aren’t: hey some dude on the internet can supply the FPPC number when someone points out it’s missing on the campaign literature. The rules are: you must have your FPPC number printed on your campaign literature.

          This is campaigning 101, if Robert Matz can’t do basic work like that we’re supposed to trust him with understanding the nuances of City government?

          Way to lower that forking bar.

          Comment by Lauren Do — November 8, 2018 @ 2:42 pm

        • Luckily, that “forking bar” can be adjusted. I’m worried about the one that is stuck way down at City Charter level.

          Comment by MP — November 8, 2018 @ 3:03 pm

    • I want someone who doesn’t confuse a well known local political figure and endorser of this candidate with the the guy who made Clerks, Tusk, Yoga Hosers, and other classic indie trash Whomever it was must have been smoking weed weed weed, doing coke, drinking beers, who rolls the blunts? We roll the blunts! Fifteen bucks, little man. Put that shit in my hand. If you don’t have it then you’ll owe owe owe jungle love oh-ie oh-ie owe I think I wanna know ya know ya.

      Comment by Rod — November 8, 2018 @ 1:41 pm

      • *slow clap*

        Comment by BMac — November 8, 2018 @ 9:07 pm

  8. Release one of post election mail in ballots were released this evening.

    Approximately 3850 ballots were tabulated and reported. The ROV shows 19,776 vote by mail ballots received up from 17,176 on election night. By my estimate the ROV has processed and tabulated approximately 10,500 vote my mail ballots. So that leaves around 9,000 mail in ballots left to be tabulated. The number of received vote by mail votes will continue to increase. The ROV is reporting 200,000+ unprocessed vote by mail ballots and 45,000 provisional ballots.

    In the Mayor race, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft (7313 votes) lead has increased to 506 votes over Trish Spencer (6807 votes). This race is over. After initial release of pre election vote by mail votes, Marilyn has won every release of votes and her lead will continue to get larger.

    In the race for third place, Jim Oddie (6016 votes) has increased his lead by 176 votes over Robert Matz (5840 votes). If this trend continues in subsequent releases, Oddie will win comfortably.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — November 8, 2018 @ 7:36 pm

    • Yep … race over, including Council .. Jim will get two more years … will he be eligible to run again, or will he have to time out for a cycle? Looking forward to the new Council.

      Comment by Ron — November 8, 2018 @ 8:48 pm

      • Not a very good lawyer at reading legalese. Here is a section that maybe applicable:

        Sec. 2-14. No person shall be eligible for the office held by that person for two complete consecutive terms immediately prior to the term for which the person seeks election or appointment. This section shall not apply to the office of Auditor or Treasurer or prevent persons in office from completing their terms.

        So I would interpret this to mean Jim could run in 2020. This he could 10 years if he wins in 2020. If my history is correct. Daysog was the third place finisher in 1996, served an unexpired two year term and ran and won two 4 year terms in 1998 and 2002.

        Comment by Mike McMahon — November 9, 2018 @ 7:55 am

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