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May 22, 2020

The worst takes

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

True to form Tony Daysog has, yet again, opted to take the most cowardly way out of any controversial vote and decided to abstain on the safe parking for unsheltered families proposal.   Just so we’re clear, everyone else voted for the safe parking program, Tony Daysog abstained.   What’s even the point of being a policy maker if you’re going to not take a stand on issues that should be easy to vote for or against?  Don’t want homeless people to be able to have a secure place to park their car?  Vote no.  Want homeless people living out of their cars to not have to fear that they’ll be hassled while trying to get some sleep, have a functioning toilet, and some dignity as a human being? Vote yes.

Don’t want to be accused of voting against the most vulnerable in our community but actually want to vote against the most vulnerable in our community?  Pull a Tony Daysog and just abstain.

From an East Bay Times piece:

Cars will be allowed to park in the lot, which will have security, Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Those taking part will be required to sign a document that they will adhere to a code of conduct, which will include no camping, no guests in vehicles and no barbecues or open fires.

The idea is for people living in vehicles to have a safe place to stay overnight. But no recreational vehicles will be allowed, city spokeswoman Sarah Henry said.

“If the program is successful, we could consider expanding to the weekends at a later date,” Henry said in an email.

His abstention on this vote reminded me to update my list of all of his no votes or abstentions since taking office in 2019.

I must have missed this the first time around but it appears that Tony Daysog voted against the needed zoning change in Harbor Bay to allow the new Animal Shelter to be built.  See the vote on July 16, 2019 and September 3, 2019.   True to form, Tony Daysog voting against supporting vulnerable community members (in this case dogs and cats) and instead worrying about the noise impacts for a select number of residents who chose to purchase their homes next door to a business park.


  1. Abstain from Voting: Supporting the Majority. If the majority wants to vote in favor of something and an opposition voter abstains, abstaining may have the effect of supporting the majority vote.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — May 22, 2020 @ 6:32 am

  2. Dan Walters
    if we have 150,000 homeless that would be $13,333 each
    Quote Tweet

    Jeremy B. White
    · May 20
    NEW: California a step closer to spending $2 BILLION a year on homeless crisis as AB 3300 passes first committee

    Came during a hearing dominated by how #coronavirus exacerbating CA’s twinned housing/homelessness crises

    Meanwhile, school budgets cut by 30%…

    Comment by Nowyouknow — May 22, 2020 @ 7:49 am

    • Oh BTW… have you seen the nice, cratering poll numbers of your dear leader? Appears that mishandling a pandemic is taking its toll finally. Good. America’s flirtation with a bigoted, dictator wannabe will be over in about 5 months. And when that happens the man along with his enablers had BETTER be dragged before a court to make an example of them so that an imposter like he never darkens our nation’s capital ever again.

      Comment by john doe — May 22, 2020 @ 10:13 am

      • I’m right there with you , john doe.

        Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — May 23, 2020 @ 9:35 am

  3. Anyone who is surprised by Councilmember Daysog’s inability to decide has not been paying attention since the 1990s, when
    he was first elected to the City Council. Tony can bring terrific analytical skills to an issue but making courageous progressive stands
    has not been part of the package.

    At least we have four elected officials who do not wait to see how the prevailing winds are blowing to make a decision…

    Comment by Jon Spangler Spangler (not a pseudonym) — May 22, 2020 @ 8:39 am

  4. Someday I would be interested to learn more about Daysog. I have been in Alameda ~15 years and certainly heard of him, but he seems to just float around local politics and not stand for anything.

    Comment by bjsvec — May 22, 2020 @ 8:57 am

  5. Tony Daysog is a coward. Plain and simple.

    Comment by JRB — May 22, 2020 @ 11:31 am

  6. I try to do my level best in serving as a City Councilman.

    I realize that in my effort to look at all information before me when making a decision, that results in me looking at issues in terms of “shades of grey”, as opposed to “black” or “white.”

    That’s my process — and I own that.

    I wish I had that certainty of life and issues possessed by true believers…but I don’t. So I see things as “shades of grey” — and all the trade-off making that implies — and accordingly attempt to make decision as best as I can.

    In fact, I remember Mark Irons years ago making humor of my approach by commenting on my practice of saying “on the one hand….but on the other hand.”

    Again, I own this.

    I do have to comment on one thing. I am truly pained, to the brink of tears in fact, how you and others are calling me a “coward.” It troubles me that this kind of personal attack on one’s character is so easily injected into our civic discourse.

    As I said above, I am just a City Councilman trying to do my level best in threading the needle between various points of views, facts, and communities of interest.

    Thank you. Stay safe Alameda.

    /s/ tony daysog

    Comment by tony daysog — May 22, 2020 @ 1:04 pm

    • Time and again the description fits though. If you are pained about it change your weak behavior

      Comment by Stan the Man — May 22, 2020 @ 6:10 pm

    • Take a stand and we won’t think you’re a coward. I’ve never voted for you and never will.

      Comment by Larry Witte — May 23, 2020 @ 9:59 am

    • wow Tony. It’s been years since I posted here. You do own this. Many of us see your M.O. as dithering. You obviously see yourself exhibiting the wisdom of Solomon. By the way, did he take stand when he proposed cutting that baby in half ?

      Comment by MI — May 26, 2020 @ 12:44 pm

  7. Perhaps to accommodate Member Daysog’s governing style, council should voting on issues on a scale of 1 to 10, instead of the very pedestrian and problematic yes or no.

    Comment by Not. A. Alamedan — May 23, 2020 @ 10:06 am

  8. OFF SUBJECT,,,,,,,,, I’m trying to figure out how a president who takes no salary can then donate the salary that he doesn’t take. what am I missing here. ??????

    Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — May 23, 2020 @ 10:55 am

    • The president tells so many lies, he can’t keep up with them; so the pile of lies keeps getting larger and larger. If we weren’t in the middle of a world wide pandemic, it would be funny!

      Comment by Karen Bey — May 23, 2020 @ 11:53 am

    • He takes a salary and then makes a show out of donating the paychecks. Who the hell knows if the donation actually happens….

      Comment by dave — May 23, 2020 @ 4:08 pm

      • True, everything — even giving is always about him.

        Comment by Karen Bey — May 23, 2020 @ 4:16 pm

  9. Donald trump is a disgusting human being but calling Tony a coward is acting just like trump….not acceptable….

    Comment by J.E.A — May 23, 2020 @ 3:09 pm

    • O.K, so Tony is not a coward, he just lacks any political will to take a stand on an issue that he thinks might hurt him in an election. he only votes on things that he thinks will help him with his “base”. HHHHHMMMMM,!!!!!!!!

      Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — May 24, 2020 @ 10:02 am

      • Or , perhaps he doesn’t have an answer to the homeless issue…on this site you all walk in lock step together….kind of like Bernie people …and, I’m not sure exactly sure who are Tony’s base…are you saying he’s a trumpster?

        Comment by J.E.A. — May 24, 2020 @ 10:42 am

        • ask Dave if we all walk in lock step, Tony doesn’t seem to be very helpful when it comes to the homeless issue. and your comment about this site is certainly your opinion, not mine.

          Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — May 25, 2020 @ 12:57 pm

    • Sorry, but abstaining on a no-brainer issue so to not upset your “base” is cowardice. If you care more about being reelected than ensuring the safety and dignity of people – what does that make you? It’s an empty, out of the way asphalt that could really benefit people. Tony had the chance to say “I’m doing the right, moral thing here” and blew it.

      Comment by JRB — May 26, 2020 @ 10:46 pm

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