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October 21, 2019

Blurry optics

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Last Tuesday at the City Council meeting the agenda item on the Carnegie Innovation Hall was up on the docket with a number of speakers.  It was definitely not the most strategic public comment session for a group of supporters.  The commenters, even the ones which were speaking on behalf of the official group took a weirdly offense as defense stance.  It felt as though they were assuming that their lease was pretty much dead on arrival which is perhaps why the official line came off as much more hostile than it should have been.

Perhaps it was due to the fact that the group — who wanted to remind everyone that they were volunteers (ignoring the fact that the people that they were trying to persuade are also all volunteers) — and therefore didn’t have the resources to properly hash out a project labor agreement even though the union representative who was present that night said that he was really trying to be accommodating particularly around trades that were more specialized.

Anyway it was a weird public comment period.

But it’s more than just the PLA that was at issue with the lease negotiations.  What came out during the Council deliberation portion was the fact that the Innovation Hall team was unable to meet the insurance requirements in the exact form that the City needed them to have the insurance structured.  I’m not an insurance expert by any means but what was presented by the Innovation Hall representatives was that they wanted to City to bundle the insurance for the Carnegie Hall into its larger insurance packet and that they would pay the City the premiums for that.  The City’s position was that if something happened, even though the Innovation Hall would pay the deductible, it would raise the premiums across the board for the whole of the City’s insurance packet.

In the end the City Council voted four to one to adopt the lease as written.  There was an amendment to review the insurance requirements but it appears that the Innovation Hall supporters got what they asked for since the ask during public comments was to simply approve the lease.

The one against?  Tony Daysog.

Why?  Because he wanted to replace out the PLA language in the lease with the suggested language which was emailed to the Council a few days prior.  He made a motion which was not seconded.

So even though he was very supportive of the project, in Tony Daysog like fashion, he decided that he would vote against executing this lease because it makes sense for Tony Daysog’s politics to have on the record that he voted against a project to revitalize the Carnegie Library.

Folks, I don’t think Tony Daysog fully thought through the optics of his no vote.


  1. By “optics”, do we mean an effort, despite his being “very supportive of the project”, to paint Tony Daysog as its opponent? All’s fair in war and optometry?

    Does anyone find it a bit odd (but maybe brilliant) for DJT to try to make 2020 about HRC, if he can?

    Comment by MP — October 21, 2019 @ 10:07 am

  2. Tony has been putting his tablet to good use at Council meetings, reading his latest kindle purchase: “the art of keeping everyone, including myself, confused” by TH Spencer

    Comment by notadave — October 21, 2019 @ 2:08 pm

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