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October 7, 2020

Don’t know much

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Yesterday the video for the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County candidate forum for Alameda was finally uploaded. They are super quick because it’s multiple cities rolled up into one long video. Famously Trish Spencer has a very close connection with the AAPI community via a shared love of a certain starchy staple.

I’m not going to go to deep into the video right now because a lot of it deals with race issues that I’ll probably write a separate post about. But this, if anything, should be simply disqualifying about a Trish Spencer run. In answering a question about AAPI representation in City Hall staff, she launches with not-so-subtle attack on Jim Oddie and Malia Vella stating that the City Council only hires for the City Manager and she’s very serious about staying in her lane about that. (I’m paraphrasing).

Except, that’s not right.

The City Council is the “boss” for three positions: City Manager, City Attorney, and City Clerk. They hire for all three positions.

And before someone asks if she just misspoke, she did not. She reiterated at the end of her minute that City Council is ONLY responsible for the City Manager.

Now look, I guess I might be okay with someone who was new to all this and they didn’t know who were direct reports to the City Council. I mean, not everyone is super into knowing the specifics of the office but she was the MAYOR FOR FOUR YEARS.




I mean, I should have known she may not have understood what her role was. After all, it took her six tries to articulate what she liked about Alameda. It’s weird that someone with such a dismissive attitude would still want to serve this city.


  1. So you want to talk about the City Council?

    “Grand Jury, which took testimony, reviewed documents – and listened to the tape of the key meeting. The jurors found that both Ms. Vella and Mr. Oddie had violated the Charter, and, in their conclusion, they didn’t mince words:

    The external pressure exerted during the fire chief hiring process and the resulting actions by two councilmembers represented the very conduct that good government advocates were trying to eliminate when city charter amendments preventing council interference began to pop up throughout the nation. Cronyism and back room deals are corrosive and can destroy the public’s trust in the fair administration of government. . . .

    The resulting damage caused by the actions of elected officials and staff that followed is undeniable.”

    And then Vella tries to blame Oddie when she says:

    “I’m always held to an unattainable standard to a small minority in Alameda and the media,” she was quoted as saying. “They need to do a big look in the mirror and ask, ‘Why am I being blamed for something another white Protestant male did?”


    Comment by Nowyouknow — October 7, 2020 @ 7:14 am


    Comment by JRB — October 7, 2020 @ 8:20 am

  3. There may be an issue with the YouTube link

    Comment by MP — October 7, 2020 @ 8:40 am

  4. The picture doesn’t work but the text link will get you there.

    Comment by theadaworks — October 7, 2020 @ 12:08 pm

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