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November 10, 2020

Those who will not see

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

As Alamedans across the island were celebrating on Saturday because, as we know, this island is majority Democrats and generally not into turning more than 500 children into orphans through negligence, it would appear as though precious few of those celebrating Democrats did a deep dive to Joe Biden’s plan for America.

And even if they did I’m sure this is something that they would nod vigorously in support of while conveniently ignoring what was buried in their own backyards. Specifically:

Before you ask, yes Alameda does receive Community Development Block Grants funds. As the requirement is for states to remove exclusionary zoning, it would be interesting to see how the states dangle this stick/carrot over cities, like Alameda, who still have exclusionary policy embedded in its charter. It’s one thing to be in danger of losing state money, it’s another to be in danger of losing state and federal funds because we love A/26 just too much.

Here’s more detail about what one of the authors of this bit of legislation considers exclusionary zoning:

It’s like everyone else can see what exclusionary zoning is except for the folks in this city.


  1. Thank you for pointing out the beam in our own eye that blinds us to our discriminatory collective behavior. After the state and the federal government remove the beam with chain saw legislation blocking funding for vital municipal projects and we clear the debris, perhaps we will see more clearly the specks of discrimination in neighboring cities.

    Comment by 2wheelsmith — November 10, 2020 @ 7:28 am

  2. The goal is “to give states and localities technical assistance and planning support they need to eliminate exclusionary zoning and other local regulations that contribute to sprawl”.
    Not sure what technical assistance and planning support looks like — but that appears to be emphasis.

    Comment by Karen Bey — November 10, 2020 @ 8:37 am

    • That’s a different set of legislation. The Booker-Clyburn HOME Act ties creating inclusionary housing to CDBG grants.

      Comment by Lauren Do — November 10, 2020 @ 10:03 am

  3. Nice. So you’re in favor of overturning the will of 60% of the voting citizens of Alameda? Major authoritarian move.

    Fortunately Biden isn’t president yet, and not even president “elect” which is a title reserved for after certification of the vote by state legislatures, and even if Biden survives the investigations of obvious voter fraud his attempts to
    implement policies like you propose and others, will be so unpopular ($4 trillion tax increase) and our nation so evenly divided that he will accomplish little without serious political ramifications in the 2022 House elections.

    Just wondering: How come dead people only vote Democrat?

    Comment by Nowyouknow — November 10, 2020 @ 8:41 am

  4. if you were to come upon an old white person with a tin hat on, a fox tee shirt and waving a trump flag while just ranting on to no one in general would you stop to talk to that person. NOOOO, then why do it here.???

    Comment by trumpisnotmypresident — November 10, 2020 @ 11:48 am

  5. ROV Vote Count Update Nov 10: With another city 3000 ballots tabulated, we should be very close to counting all the ballots. As a result, it would appear that Trish Spencer and Megan Sweet has secured the last spots for the their respective races. Since Trish Spencer is only ahead by 68 votes, something could happen to change that outcome. Megan Sweet 235 votes lead over Beth Aney is secure. (NOTE: I am assuming not every voter voted in the Measure Z ballot item. My assumption could be wrong and there are more ballots to count.)

    Comment by Mike McMahon — November 10, 2020 @ 5:14 pm

  6. It seems to me that fighting over MeasureZ/MeasureA is a bit of a waste of time, and in this election it was probably counter productive. The Measure has no real effect, since developers just go around it with density bonuses and state law overrides. Measure Z allowed opponents to claim that they were “saving” Alameda, and probably got Trish Spencer enough extra votes to put her over the top. So now we have to listen to her drone on and on for as many years as she gets in this term.

    Measure Z was only going to clean up Alameda’s charter to put it in compliance with state law. The defeat of Measure Z did not really change anything, and from my viewpoint, the only winner in this fight was Trish Spencer. Law of unintended consequences.

    Comment by JohnB — November 11, 2020 @ 7:55 am

    • Z’s getting whalloped is a sign that whatever incremental change might be accepted, voters are not interested in major wholesale change of the city that’s driven by the Woke Agenda. Most Alamedans are here because they like it here. They didn’t rent in a Rincon Hill hi-rise or buy a tract house in Pleasanton or any other place or style. They pay a lot to live in Alameda because they like Alameda’s pace and style.

      That result should be a wake up call the the council members pushing for defunding the police while we’re in the midst of a major spike in gun violence. Voters will reject that Woke agenda and its adherents as well.

      Comment by dave — November 11, 2020 @ 8:09 am

      • Thanks Dave, for speaking “Truth to Power”. A slim majority, it seems, have moved to Alameda to avoid the “Rat Race”, though other people, eagerly, want to live in the “Rat Race”. Go figure! Bottom line is, Alameda is a sweet place to rest our bones, and we need to resist those who want to ruin it.

        Comment by Alameda Bound — November 11, 2020 @ 8:32 pm

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