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April 10, 2019


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

Thank you Alameda for voting yes on Measure A in such a huge majority.

And thank you for proving that NextDoor is not indicative of all Alamedans.


  1. Yes, the passage of A was good news.

    Still, all of us, whether we voted for or against the Wellness Center have the continuing responsibility of supporting and monitoring the Center to insure that it is a success. And the continuing surge in the Bay Area’s, and necessarily Alameda’s, homeless population may make it difficult to demonstrate the success of the center. The criteria for success may be that the homeless crisis in Alameda would be even worse without the Center rather than that it eased the homeless crisis.

    Also concerning is, as Bea Karnes described it, “Measure A passing and Measure B failing by slim margins” despite the endorsement of 4 of 5 council members, county, state and federal legislators, and numerous non-profits and civic organizations such as the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters. The public opposition primarily consisted of one current council member, a handful of past council members and the impromptu group Friends of Crab Cove and nearby businesses that opposed the Wellness Center. The resulting concern is that a near majority of the public apparently does not trust civil society to deal with the homeless problem, and by extension, our much larger housing problem.

    Now that voters have approved the Wellness Center, civil society must not only make the Wellness Center work, but continuously demonstrate to the public that Alameda is better off with the Center than without it. Such a demonstration will require careful monitoring, unprecedented civil cooperation, constant communication with both neighbors and the general public and actions to address their concerns promptly.

    Alamedans must make the Wellness Center a success. APC or the county alone cannot do so. The alternative is to poison the well for future projects to address the human misery created by the inequitable economic and housing policies civil society has long supported. These policies are creating ever more paupers, tent cities, litter and diseases of communicable medieval diseases first successfully controlled centuries ago in one of the richest regions in the world – including within Alameda.

    Comment by 2wheelsmith — April 10, 2019 @ 7:17 am

    • I totally agree with you that our collective work on addressing extreme poverty and homelessness is far from over with the passage of Measure A. The Wellness Center would achieve much greater levels of success if many of us supported or volunteered with APC, or even helped APC and the City be their eyes / ears / hands on the street — let them know if something is not working right, maybe even help to fix the problem, pass out 211 cards to homeless individuals we come across so that they can be referred to services. It takes a village. And then advocate for more services and affordable housing at the City, County, Regional and State levels. We have so much more to do.

      Comment by Deni Adaniya — April 10, 2019 @ 5:54 pm

      • Deni,

        Yes, there are many things that need to be done to solve the housing crisis.

        One thing to do is talk to our friends and neighbors about the overwhelming need for more affordable housing. Well managed affordable neighborhood housing is an asset whereas unsupported homeless persons are rarely assets – and courts prohibit city’s from kicking out homeless from our neighborhoods unless the city offers to provide them with safe and supportive housing immediately after they relocate.

        Comment by 2wheelsmith — April 10, 2019 @ 6:32 pm

  2. Considering the increasingly hysterical scare tactics used by the pro-Measure B crowd (I received an email from FOCC the day before the election including claims like “Big corporate hospitals will patient dump their homeless ages 18+ with severe mental illness, alcohol and drug addiction in Alameda” backed up with absolutely zero evidence) I’m not surprised that Measure B got a lot of votes. And yet Measure A got almost 1500 more votes than Measure B, which I wouldn’t call “a slim margin.” I’m very glad that common sense and compassion prevailed.

    Comment by trow125 — April 10, 2019 @ 8:45 am

  3. Love this caring community!

    Wonder how the Yes on B people think their email did for them, fear shouldn’t work … glad it did not.
    Our young man wasn’t much interested in going to vote, but then he received their email.
    Came out of his room Monday night asking where do I go vote? I just got a terrible email from the B people and I am going to vote the opposite for sure now!
    We made sure he got to the right poll yesterday 😉

    Comment by Ron Mooney — April 10, 2019 @ 11:29 am

  4. A won, and we still can do more to support each other during this crisis level shortage. Perhaps maybe even some proposals to put more housing and homeless centers in more neighborhoods. The housing shortage is severe and poised to get much worse. We need stronger tenant protections, and denser housing island-wide.

    Comment by Angela — April 10, 2019 @ 11:35 am

    • Yes. More housing and homeless centers in more neighborhoods are essential to relieving, rather than perpetuating, the housing crisis.

      Comment by 2wheelsmith — April 10, 2019 @ 2:25 pm

  5. The “slim margin” characterization of the vote results was misleading. Measure A won by more than 6% and B failed by nearly 13%. These are not slim margins, and Measure B was beaten pretty badly. We’ve seen slim margins before, like in Spencer’s mayoral win and just about any parcel tax vote.

    Comment by Larry Witte — April 10, 2019 @ 11:38 am

  6. My wife and I were very happy to see measure A succeeded yesterday! We agree with Lauren, if you go by the posts on NextDoor there was definitely more of a NIMBY slant, with most posters sounding very similar to the old Citizens for a Megaplex-Free Alameda.

    Comment by Pedro Garcia — April 10, 2019 @ 1:58 pm

    • Pedro, you got it right, very similar to the anti-megaplex, also the first APC, going in. some people just can’t change thier colors.

      Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — April 12, 2019 @ 4:38 pm

  7. Great job Alameda! You showed the racist NIMBY haters the door and you showed the under served love. Hopefully this put an end to any future political career of Trish Spencer. She can’t claim to be the peoples candidate.

    Comment by Eyeroll — April 10, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

    • Don’t count her out just yet. Word has it she’s eyeing for a city council seat. However, knowing that she bears a whole heap of responsibility for a failed $700,000 special election that only happened due to signatures gathered under false pretenses should set her back considerably. And many of her antics during the campaign were quite shameful, and I won’t hesitate to bring them up again should she run.

      Comment by Jason B — April 12, 2019 @ 8:24 pm

  8. “a near majority of the public”? This was a very low-turnout election and the 6152 B supporters represent a fraction of the community. I don’t think they deserve understanding for buying the signatures that made this election happen and costing the city half a million dollars. I really think the comment beginning this thread is similar to the post-2016 view that the poor Trump voters don’t have any bad intentions, they are just misunderstood. I understand pretty well that our country is in a state of peril because of this corrupt man. I don’t give anyone any slack whatsoever for voting for him. And the campaign for B was heartless, cruel and dishonest. There is no misunderstanding that. I do not feel compelled to demonstrate anything to these people. And if we go back over the history of opposition to any progress on any project in Alameda by this same clique, we can demonstrate that these projects have improved this community.

    Comment by 1jamesr1 — April 10, 2019 @ 9:38 pm

    • During my service of three years on the County of Alameda Planning Commission and for three decades advocating for affordable housing and equitable financing of schools, I’ve learned that fear often motivates voters. Homeowners, for the next few years at least, will remain the dominant voters until rising housing prices further cut the ranks of homeowners and renters eventually dominate voting rolls.

      A hostile environment for their children and decreasing property values are what many homeowners fear most. If one reassures them on those two issues, they become much more receptive to considering changes in their neighborhood. Yes, a minority of Measure B supporters may truly have bad intentions and be incalcitrant. Still, I have worked with many of them on other issues, such as facilitating the acquisition of the other federal parcel at Crab Cove for Crown Beach and on improvements to the Alameda Marina project.

      I strive to be civil and stick to the facts and observable behaviors when addressing controversial issues. I often can’t describe my own intentions, let alone someone else’s whom I don’t know personally.

      Comment by 2wheelsmith — April 10, 2019 @ 10:27 pm

  9. LA struggles with homelessness…

    Comment by Mike McMahon — April 11, 2019 @ 8:04 am

  10. Here is summary of voting data for the April 9 Special election. I will add precinct data when it is published in a few weeks.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — April 12, 2019 @ 7:58 am

    • Thanks for the breakdown of the pre-election, election, and post election results. I’m eagerly anticipating your precinct by precinct breakdown to see if it confirms the priorities I followed for precinct walking.

      Comment by 2wheelsmith — April 12, 2019 @ 8:28 am

    • Is this essentially – barring some lost cache of ballots – the final tally, or are there some mail-ins yet to be counted? The outcome is beyond question; I am only asking for a friend who needs to know the exact over/under.

      Comment by MP — April 12, 2019 @ 9:02 am

      • On Friday the ROV processed and tabulated another 1100+ ballots including 800+ provisional ballots for Election Day voters. While the total Yes on Measure A total vote continues to increase the percentage is trending down. No need to panic, the end is near. Probably a handful of ballots left. We are at 44,5% turnout or 21,741 ballots cast for your over/under number.

        Comment by Mike McMahon — April 13, 2019 @ 8:34 am

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