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October 9, 2020

You have it or you don’t

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

Dammit I was going to throw up a blog about Gig Codiga’s deleted Facebook post or Amos White’s weird statement at the APA Demo Caucus but this endorsement from Gig Codiga’s website had me super puzzled for a long time and I needed to do some research.

It’s not the stuff about the male gendering of the City Manager even though three of the last five City Managers we’ve had have been women, it’s the second part.

The current council wants to micromanage the City which prevents it from doing its job, so that when the City Treasurer and Auditor presented their incredibly important report on city pensions, they were not heard until 2 a.m.

Readers, I could not figure out what meeting this was involving the “current council.” So I searched. I did a search for all meeting minutes from the 2010s using the search term “Kennedy.” There were no results for 2020. These were the only hits I got:

As you can see nothing ended past 2:00 AM so the characterization that Kevin Kennedy and Kevin Kearney didn’t start until 2:00 AM is definitely a stretch. So I’m not 100% sure what meeting is being characterized in the endorsement above. I mean it sounds like whatever they presented is important. The likelihood of it not being captured in recent meeting minutes is pretty slim. OCR is sometimes bad, but it’s not this bad to miss something which would be littered with the names Kennedy and Kearney. Just so you know, the last item heard on April 18, 2017 which ended at 1:53 AM was a Council Referral to acquire a piece of land on Harbor Bay, it was not about pensions.

But here’s the kicker of the larger quote:

Is it really ethical to put up an endorsement where you’re not 100% sure the facts are correct in the anecdote presented to make your opponents look bad? And is this a sign that Gig Codiga is actually prepared for this job that he has repeatedly shown that he has not paid attention to anything that has been going on in the recent history of the City Council?


  1. Looks like Gig Codiga is now the frontrunner for the anti-Progressives crowd. He’s like a more competent and palatable version of Trish Spencer (yes I’m aware that’s a very low bar to clear). Sorry, Amos, you’re out.

    Comment by Really — October 9, 2020 @ 7:25 am

    • He’s kind of a dud, but you can’t imagine him suing the city if his spouse got stopped for (allegedly) driving drunk.

      Does Amos take away votes from the conservatives or progressives? His lawn signs are often standing solo rather than being part of the no-Z/Codiga/Spencer ensembles or the yes-Z/Vella/Oddie ones.

      Comment by BC — October 9, 2020 @ 9:19 am

      • It’s hard to say. Initially, a lot of the conservatives were for Amos and Trish. I guess Gig caught people by surprise, and now some of conservatives are pivoting away from Amos and to Gig – it might be too late, with ballots having arrived, so you can count on a lot of split votes. I can’t imagine too many people who were supporting Vella and Oddie in the past now breaking away to another candidate, that’s an extremely solid voting bloc.

        Gig, Trish, and Amos need to sit down and decide which one of them should drop out, otherwise none of them has a chance. Gig and Trish supporters, in particular, seem to have a lot of energy, but simply lack the numbers to keep up in a major anti-Trump turnout year unless they can pull in Amos supporters. Unfortunately, they’re just busy attacking Vella and Oddie, which doesn’t change the calculus at all, but if they were to focus on Amos’ negatives then they can really shake up a lot of undecided voters in their directions.

        Comment by Really — October 9, 2020 @ 3:58 pm

  2. Would it be OK if Gig told you what he will do about the city manager (and any other issue) after the election?

    “Biden says he’ll answer court-packing question ‘when the election is over’

    By the way, speaking of the Supreme Court, Kamala Harris told a whopper about Lincoln and the Supreme Court at the VP debate…

    “Harris claimed at the VP debate that Abraham Lincoln refused to nominate a candidate for Chief Justice in October 1864 because “Honest Abe said, it’s not the right thing to do” and wanted the people to vote first.

    Lincoln, of course, said no such thing. He sent no nominee to the Senate in October 1864 because the Senate was out of session until December. He sent a nominee the day after the session began, and Salmon P. Chase was confirmed the same day. And Lincoln wanted to dangle the nomination before Chase and several other potential candidates because he wanted them to campaign for him. Lincoln’s priority was winning the election, which was necessary to win the war — and he filled the vacancy at the first possible instant.

    Kamala Harris is simply inventing history.”

    Comment by Nowyouknow — October 9, 2020 @ 7:48 am

  3. SInce when was it ethical to fabricate endorsements from progressive organizations (Planned Parenthood Advocates) to try and cozy up to the majority of Alameda voters. When was it ethical to complain about the union support given other candidates while taking the same support from other similar unions? THAT is exactly the kind of dysfunctional and frightening disregard of the truth that the Trump Republicans have adopted, and Gig, a true MAGA republican has adopted that same playbook. I expect him to show up to the next forum with a fly in his hair.

    Comment by notadave — October 9, 2020 @ 7:51 am

  4. Regarding the 2AM issue: unfortunately it isn’t a “stretch”, as much as I wish it hadn’t happened, it did. Nov 7, 2017 Council meeting, discussion on pensions began at 2:24AM. I’m listed as City Treasurer in minutes, that’s why I didn’t show up in your search.

    Comment by Kevin Kennedy, City Treasurer — October 9, 2020 @ 9:32 am

    • Kevin, now let me pick your memory of that night, who was the Mayor at the time.?

      Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — October 9, 2020 @ 9:56 am

    • Wasn’t Trish the mayor in 2017? City council meetings stretched into the early hours often under her tenure. I wonder what the average meeting stop time was when you average out Mayor Ashcraft’s tenure so far verses a similar time under Trish?

      Comment by Angela — October 9, 2020 @ 9:59 am

    • Huh, interesting. But this wasn’t the “current council” if in 2017. This was with Trish Spencer in the seat as Mayor. Frank Matarrese was on the Council at the time too. Neither are on the Council currently.

      The issue of the late hearing of the pension item was because it was on the same agenda as Cannabis and the Transportation Choice Plan which are pretty massive agenda items all on their own. The Cannabis item had 26 speakers which ate up 43 minutes just for public comment alone (if all used the 90 seconds they were given). The TCP item has 23 speakers which would have taken 34 minutes if they were all given 90 seconds but it looks as though those speakers were not limited. So this is not an issue of “micromanagement” on the part of the Council as a whole, but rather a meeting management issue by the person controlling the gavel aka then Mayor Trish Spencer.

      In fact the minutes show that then City Councilmember, now Mayor, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft wanted to hear the pension item before the Cannabis item but was not considered.

      And, respectfully, this was not a City Treasurer led presentation as it was presented in the endorsement in the original blog post, it was led by the Finance Director and the consultants.|&Search=

      Comment by Lauren Do — October 9, 2020 @ 10:02 am

    • This is a wonderful endorsement of Vella and Oddie. They never made you wait, Mr. Kennedy. They got my vote!

      Comment by Larry Witte — October 13, 2020 @ 8:04 am

  5. lots of people doing a write in for Mike Webber for treasurer, and auditor, I like that.

    Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — October 10, 2020 @ 9:40 am

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