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October 5, 2020

It’s not right, but it’s (not) okay

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

So an update, Gig Codiga actually provided a response to his “Let’s Get Alameda Back” post on Facebook, a reminder:

Here’s the interesting thing about this FB post though. It was dirty deleted on Friday. It is amazing that a campaign which has touted a need for a community where “every Alamedan, not just the political insiders, will be heard” would pull this stunt. So it means one of two things (1) no respect for dissenting voices or (2) the campaign was getting some push back from, what would normally be, sympathetic community members about the messaging. Or both?

In case you were wonder, yes, I did get a copy of most of the comments before the dirty delete. And yes, I did get a copy of the video before the dirty delete. It was mostly just luck since I had not opened my laptop since the AM and I hadn’t closed the tab on that Facebook page. And yes, I will probably have a post up to memorialize the video and comments at some point.

Anyway, this post was largely written before the dirty delete and still applies so might as well not waste it.

But first I want to call out these parts in the video which hasn’t gotten that much attention, first is:

That phrase is interesting “an Alamedan just like us” because it presents an otherness to Gig Codiga’s opponents. And for those who are not typically counted in the “like us” category it feels particularly exclusionary which may be the point?

Then there’s this:

“We just can’t sit back & think it’s going to be ok, because it’s not.” The context is that the crime rate is up, the City Council is looking to defund/reallocate the police department, and that Gig Codiga supports the police department 100%. I mean, we’re right on the cusp of Gig Codiga screaming LAW & ORDER in our faces at this point. The ominous warning of it’s not going to be okay is meant to scare the populace into voting for Gig Codiga out of fear of those people over there. Those people who are not like us. Wink wink.

But it became less a wink once the official campaign decided to clarify. And you’re welcome Gig Codiga campaign for helping to drive up engagement on your Facebook page. Although it might not precisely be the type of engagement that was hoped for. Check it out for yourself.

It appears Gig Codiga is doubling down on “crime is terrible, only I can fix it.” Even though, based on the most recent numbers from August comparing the crime rate from this year to last year crime is not up. It’s actually down.

Overall in August of 2019 year to date Part 1 Crimes clocked in at 1850 reports. In August 2020 that number is 1772 reports. In August of 2019 year to date Part 2 Crimes clocked in at 1573 reports. In August 2020 that number is 1336 reports.

1850 > 1772

1573 > 1336

But I get it, it FEELS like there’s more crime so Gig Codiga feels justified in saying “crime will continue to get worse” without providing one shred of objective proof or measurement. Personally, I’m not into that and so, for me, that’s disqualifying, but it should be disqualifying for anyone who expects that their City Councilmember deal in actual real data and facts rather than gut feelings.

It’s particularly rich that Gig Codiga writes “Rhetoric and slogans aside, crime can no longer be ignored.” But that’s exactly what Gig Codiga is doing, he’s trafficking in insincere language which is not supported by data to attempt to win votes through fear. He’s giving us winky slogans that speaks to an exclusion of the “other” and it’s up to us to determine who that other is and whether we are part of the “in” group he refers to when he talks about the “us.” This is not progress. This type of fear based campaigning only serves to set us back as a community, not move us forward.

18 Comments »

  1. How many shootings in the 2019 crime report vs 2020?
    How many robberies at gunpoint?

    Gun violence is the crime story of 2020. Sure would be nice to have leadership that gives a damn about it.

    Comment by dave — October 5, 2020 @ 7:17 am

    • Can you name one thing which was requested by the Chief of Police to encourage filling vacant positions in the past year and a half (maybe two years, time is meaningless right now) which was rejected by the City Council?

      Comment by Lauren Do — October 5, 2020 @ 9:15 am

      • Council voting in June to delay filling vacancies for 3 months — during a spike in gun violence — does not indicate they are interested in addressing the situation.

        Comment by dave — October 5, 2020 @ 9:45 am

        • Ah because coronavirus would have made it infinitely easier to fill vacant positions than it had been in the non coronavirus year and a half where the Chief had all these other recruiting tools at his disposal.

          Comment by Lauren Do — October 5, 2020 @ 9:52 am

    • APD confirmed on social media yesterday that there have been 11 shootings since June, an annualized rate of 33.

      Prior 4 years had an average rate of 5.5

      Council’s only significant acts while this has happened have been to freeze hiring — while APD is already severely understaffed — and call for major defunding of police force.

      That’s some kind of leadership….

      Comment by dave — October 6, 2020 @ 7:04 am

      • Now we’re up to 12 shootings since June 1st.

        Comment by dave — October 12, 2020 @ 10:55 am

        • There’s been a surge in shootings and homicides in cities across the country.

          Comment by BC — October 12, 2020 @ 6:56 pm

  2. Why provide proof or data when you can traffic in fear?

    Comment by Sleepy Moe — October 5, 2020 @ 7:53 am

  3. Here’s a blog subject: How can anyone not part of the Bonta machine, or a direct relative vote for Oddie or Vella after the Grand Jury report, resignations of three city officials, and $1 M cost to the taxpayers?

    The constant attempt to persuade Alameda voters that all your political opponents are “racist” dog whistlers will fail because in a small town, people know their neighbors, have seen them volunteer, care for the elderly, suffer through an illness, help a lost child, umpire or referee at youth sports events, cheer with them at sporting events, contribute to school fund raisers, chaperone on field trips, assist them when a tree falls, borrowed power tools, patronize their places of business, line parade routes, eat pancakes at fundraisers, bring back a lost pet, and pray with them at churches, synagogues and mosques.

    Not happening.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — October 5, 2020 @ 8:34 am

  4. Haw-haw, it looks like Gig and friends have already taken down (or restricted access to) the “Check it out for yourself” link you wanted us to see.

    I think we’re all going to need to be in the habit of screenshooting EVERYTHING that these folks (Spencer, Daysog, Codiga, etc.) put online since it seems they modify or delete all their content within a few hours!

    Comment by therealdanwood — October 5, 2020 @ 9:09 am

    • when your throwing shit against the wall, or just plain not telling the truth you don’t want it out there to long.

      Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — October 5, 2020 @ 11:09 am

  5. Yes the world of social platforms and evolving media channels, things are getting ugly.

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-hatred-negative-partisanship-came-to-dominate-american-politics/?

    Comment by Mike McMahon — October 5, 2020 @ 11:09 am

  6. I want to report what may be a crime depending on whether the supporters of the judicial candidate who posted her sign on the cyclone fence outside the not yet occupied and still under construction development at the corner of Main and Atlantic have the right to put signs at that conspicuous site and, if they don’t, whether that is a crime. Most disturbing.

    Comment by MP — October 5, 2020 @ 11:58 am

    • I report all signs I see on public property if I can remember the intersection when I get home. Where is it? I’ll try to take a look when I get home.

      Comment by Lauren Do — October 5, 2020 @ 12:41 pm

      • under construction development at the corner of Main and Atlantic – I assume it is not public property.

        Comment by MP — October 5, 2020 @ 1:19 pm

        • Main and RAMP – about half block in from the corner. More visible to southbound traffic

          Comment by MP — October 5, 2020 @ 4:53 pm

  7. It’s embarrassing how inept these candidates are when it comes to social media. Trish Spencer’s campaign signs use the hashtag #workingtogether4U (https://trish4u.com/get-a-sign/), but if you go to Twitter, a grand total of TWO posts are tagged with that hashtag, one from 2015 (Brooklyn, NY) and one from 2016 (Lowestoft, UK). https://twitter.com/search?q=%23workingtogether4u&src=typed_query&f=live

    Comment by trow125 — October 5, 2020 @ 12:25 pm

  8. On the sidebar, there is mention of spam/emails. Does the prior authorization carry over from campaign to campaign. In other words, if I checked off whatever boilerplate there was in 201X for candidate Y, or failed to object, does Y get to use that authorization in 2020? Maybe it depends on the boilerplate?

    Comment by MP — October 5, 2020 @ 1:41 pm


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