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July 9, 2020

Park it forward

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

The City Council majority did it folks, they have started the process to place A/26, the whole thing, on the ballot for November.  I’ll write more about this later because tonight is the Jackson Park item at the Rec and Park Commission.  This has been a largely lonely effort on the shoulders of one person since 2018 but with the confluence of national and local events finally waking everyone up to correcting the injustices of the past, it’s time for this renaming to happen.

So I did review the meeting from June 2018.  First let me provide you with a quick OMG moment.  So then Park and Rec Commissioner, Ruben Tilos, now Open Government Commissioner appointed by Tony Daysog questioned the number of people who signed the petition for the name change.  He then started wondering aloud about how many signatories would make something notable and then questioned the City Attorney as to how many signatures were needed for a signature based referendum.  The City Attorney answered that the number would be around 9000.  The Commissioner then exclaimed at how large than number was and that “9000 people don’t even vote in the city, sometimes.”

Yes.  A thrice appointed commissioner doesn’t even know that the number of signatures required for a ballot initiative is a percentage of the registered voters in the city.  And that Alameda typically has a pretty robust voting rate.   But I digress.

Anyway, the conclusion of the meeting was for staff to come back no earlier than October (because there would be new appointees to the Rec and Park Commission) with more information like reaching out to the neighbors around the park.  But nothing ever came back in October.

Or for the rest of 2018.

Or for the whole of 2019.

Essentially staff dropped the whole entire ball on this process.  So now we’re here, two years later with a much more activated community behind the idea of removing Alameda monuments which no longer serve to represent the city.  And probably should have never served to represent the city.

It’s time for this Rec and Park Commission to move this issue forward.

4 Comments »

  1. Another post that bats Ruben Tilos around like a pinata. How does this guy keep getting appointed to things? Either a lack of civic engagement by the populace to put forward better candidates, or a ruse to prevent a seat from going to a more active candidate.

    But I digress… R&P Commission normally should’ve been easy work that oversees fun things like the East Egg Hunt, Earth Day, summer camps – and the members probably didn’t expect to make a foray into a politically sensitive topic like renaming Jackson Park. Thankfully, the R&P Commission is now blessed to have someone like Aimee Barnes taking the lead, who wrote this excellent article today in the East Bay Express:

    https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/its-time-for-alameda-to-rename-jackson-park/Content?oid=30140012&fbclid=IwAR3ORd0GHoLvt3yQHMPN-aFoqAv9tthipBkCW5-j8XufowAssp5r0EjFOiY

    And boy does she have an amazing quote to silence all those “stop erasing history” detractors: “I would assert that change is not about forgetting the past but rather acknowledging its reality – that by honoring people like Andrew Jackson with naming recognition, we are perpetuating a false accounting of history that erases the enslavement, rape and genocide he perpetrated.”

    Comment by JRB — July 9, 2020 @ 11:43 am

  2. your first paragraph, ” how does this guy keep getting appointed to things” ask Tony Daysog, our old time Alameda conservative.

    Comment by trumpisaracist — July 9, 2020 @ 5:47 pm

    • But Tony Daysog is a moderate Democrat. He even owned the URL http://www.moderatedemocrat.com at one point to further cement the fact that he’s not a Wolf in a sheep’s clothing.

      Comment by JRB — July 9, 2020 @ 9:39 pm

  3. Need to start renaming stadiums too, banks and corporations are ducking offensive too. I mean if we are going to do it right, might as well go all the way.

    Comment by michonnekatana — July 10, 2020 @ 12:13 am


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