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January 13, 2021

Finding out

Filed under: Alameda — Tags: — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

One phrase that has not failed to delight me nearly every time I see it is “fuck around and find out.” It’s simple, it’s catchy, and it’s typically reserved for those who should know better and then are reaping the consequences of their actions.

Most recently a bunch of folks on Alameda Twitter have appended this phrase to news that Governor Gavin Newsom has added to the budget a new enforcement mechanism for jurisdictions which are having difficulty complying with housing laws, specifically:

Additionally, the budget includes a “housing accountability unit,” which the administration can create without legislative approval, to ensure cities and counties are meeting their housing production requirements.

And more:


This includes $4.3 million General Fund for HCD to provide technical assistance to help local governments meet planning and zoning requirements and provide proactive engagement before enforcement becomes necessary.  These additional resources will allow HCD to act as an ombudsman and help local governments navigate and comply with state housing laws and make sufficient progress toward their Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA).

“Let me just make this clear to all my friends,” Newsom said, “this is to monitor city council meetings.  This is to monitor board of supervisors meetings, planning commission meetings.  We’re not going to wait for an article to be written to be proactive in terms of holding local government accountable to increasing housing production.”

So I guess Alameda is going to find out what happens if it tries to fuck around too much in defiance of state housing laws.

I’m looking at you Tony Daysog and your referral item to reduce the intensity of several shopping center sites.


  1. “One more time and I’m turning this car around!”

    Comment by dave — January 13, 2021 @ 7:12 am

    • I mean…. Folks have been warning Alameda about this for a while… For the past 10 years the state has been tightening the rules on housing and we’re already seeing cities getting penalized. The only surprise is this is happening faster than we thought.

      Comment by DaveFuckingAroundAndAboutToFindOut — January 13, 2021 @ 9:17 am

  2. Wow. Sounds like spying to me. $4.3 Million is enough to hire 3 secretaries working from home to listen in on
    city council meetings in California’s 482 cities- 95% of which are in non compliance. Maybe he should outsource this to a real spy like Fang Fang, Congressman Swalwell’s ex.

    Over 1 million signatures on the recall, a constitutional process which Newsom spokesperson laughably calls a “coup.”

    In other news, look what octogenarian is running again….
    CALIFORNIA. US Sen Dianne Feinstein (D) has filed FEC paperwork to seek reelection in 2024 to a six year term … when she will be 91 years old.…

    Comment by Nowyouknow — January 13, 2021 @ 7:56 am

    • And for those who doubt PRC influence, look what former California Senator Barbara Boxer does now-she’s a lobbyist for a Chinese surveillance firm. Even Biden admits this looks bad.

      Comment by Nowyouknow — January 13, 2021 @ 8:02 am

    • Spying? Really? These are public meetings that give public notices and invite the public to attend and the government is a public entity.

      Are you going to spend more time here now that they’ve shut down Parler?

      Comment by KnowYouNow — January 13, 2021 @ 9:20 am

    • I usually would never bother responding to a Nowyouknow tweet but his info about Sen. Feinstein is misleading at best:

      Folks, this does not mean she's going to run at all. Candidates have to do this in order to transfer money from their old committee. She has money left over in her committee. Candidates who don't intend on running do this all the time.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 13, 2021

      Comment by trow125 — January 13, 2021 @ 9:30 am

      • (Sorry, I meant “comment,” not tweet…)

        Comment by trow125 — January 13, 2021 @ 9:31 am

    • And once again I will repeat: Those of you who supported Trump are all in part to blame for what happened a week ago.

      Comment by john doe — January 13, 2021 @ 11:52 am

  3. Good for Gavin. The problem to too little housing won’t get solved without state-level intervention. It’s a classic tragedy of the commons. Every city will have its version of our ABA/ACT/A!A/concerned citizens’ council group. They will all have convinced themselves (or pretend to have) of why their city is special and why someone else should solve the problem. I hope, but don’t expect, that politicians who use slogans like Alameda/America First have gone out of fashion. Trump got close to winning and Spencer got elected.

    Comment by BC — January 13, 2021 @ 9:33 am

    • Very true. Alameda was shocked that Trish won, given how out of step her values are. I saw a Facebook post last week that explained it. She was losing by a large margin in almost all of Alameda, but three Bay Farm neighborhoods with a huge number of Trump supporters gave Trish the 66 votes she needed to beat out Amos. I guess Trish attending Donald Trump’s inauguration paid off, lol.

      Comment by KnowYouNow — January 13, 2021 @ 9:44 am

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