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November 16, 2020

So embarassing

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

You know who deserves a big ole box of donuts? Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft who has the thankless job of having to sit through an ABAG meeting right after Measure Z was voted down. During the meeting an Alameda resident read aloud a letter, during the wrong agenda item, which basically just echoed the Tony Daysog/ACT line. Alameda should get less housing allocated because we have natural hazards that are different and special than can be found anywhere else in the Bay Area, nay, the world.

During comments from this committee’s members, Sonja Trauss (a committee member) put that commenter and, frankly, the city of Alameda on blast. Essentially saying that Alameda is showing itself when it claims it can’t do higher density that it is unwilling to think of itself as part of a larger region and plan accordingly. Not only that, but that Alameda has complained about its lack of infrastructure forever and that it’s had plenty of time to actually make changes to be more desirable to businesses to bring more jobs, etc and so forth.

Just so we’re keep track, a vocal ACT leader, using his son’s Zoom account spoke during public comment — even after the Sonja Trauss dressing down — about how ABAG isn’t taking natural hazards into consideration for its allocation. Essentially he just read a letter that he’s posted everywhere before. He also went over his time.

Then the first speaker, the one who spoke out of turn, spoke again to finish reading someone else’s letter.

But, in a small glimmer of hope to show that Alameda is not all NIMBYs, a speaker from Alameda chimed in at the last minute to say that he disagreed with the ACT leader who said that natural hazards in Alameda were so much worse here.

It’s really quite a shame that the citizen representation we have at these meetings are largely folks putting up their hands and say “we can’t.” It definitely makes Alameda seem like the exclusionary community that it has been known as for years. Fortunately because of the change in mayors two years ago, at least its not coming from our leadership and, therefore, can largely be dismissed by these regional bodies.


  1. Now that the ex-mayor is coming back to the city council, how much weigh will she have on these matters? Would it matter at all for these ABAG proceedings, as it seems to be mostly the mayors involved? I consider one thing a positive: with the circus coming back to town, the progressive majority will look like the responsible and reasonable adults in the room.

    Comment by Reality — November 16, 2020 @ 9:01 am

    • When you need Trish Spencer to make you look reasonable, maybe you aren’t all that reasonable….

      Comment by dave — November 16, 2020 @ 9:39 am

      • Dave – nice try if you were trying to play “gotcha,” but it’s more about tempering the outlandish caricatures people – especially those who live on NextDoor – have made about our current city council members, as if they’re a cartoonish cabal of supervillains plotting to reconstitute the city into their personal evil lair (by removing Article 26 first, of course). Those wild claims won’t hold up well anymore when detractors could simply just point to Trish Spencer. It will be a wild and entertaining four years, better grab your popcorn.

        Comment by Reality — November 16, 2020 @ 10:37 am

    • The big difference is who runs the meeting. Limiting conversations leads to more effective meetings.

      Comment by Mike McMahon — November 16, 2020 @ 9:51 am

      • I think duct tape for just elected council members would work well. you know who I mean.

        Comment by Bidenismypresident — November 16, 2020 @ 10:37 am

  2. Thank God for Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft! She runs meetings well, unlike her failure of a predecessor in the mayor’s chair. I keep hoping that Spencer will grow up or get into a program but I do not hold out much hope. I foresee lots of 3-2 decisions in Alameda’s future and far too many loud, obnoxious, and false comments from Alameda’s equivalent of the Proud Boys, the Tea Party, and far-right fringe…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — November 16, 2020 @ 11:20 am

    • I genuinely hope that’s the case. I’m a bit disappointed in some of Alameda’s progressives, who chose not to vote for a proven and experienced leader like Jim Oddie and thus allowed Trish Spencer to happen. Witnessing Trish Spencer on a monthly basis on the dais should be a good reminder on how not to throw away your vote, same like how the anti-Hillary progressives paved the way for Donald Trump four years ago (and guess which ex-mayor attended Trump’s inauguration? pretty apt analogy here).

      Comment by JRB — November 16, 2020 @ 11:40 am

      • Haha. Sour grapes anyone? “Nice job “ running the Measure Z and the anti-Trish campaign.

        Comment by Really — November 16, 2020 @ 12:29 pm

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