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April 5, 2021

Chaos theory

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Folks, I have to admit something. It’s exhausting trying to figure out how Trish Spencer works. Like what her motivations are (other than a “no”) and what her ethics are compromised of. It’s exhausting to try to figure out what someone who feels entirely made up of chaos energy is attempting to do.

I ran into a brick wall with her latest Council Referral and the rules subcommittee figuring out Council Referrals cannot come soon enough because she has three referrals on this one agenda.

This is the title: Consider Directing Staff to: 1) Obtain All Emails Sent to; 2) Create Protocols for the Website, Email and Social Media; and 3) Provide Training to All Employees who Post on the Website or Social Media or Staff City Bodies. 

First of all the body of the Council referral only focuses on bullet one. She’s fixated on the Police Reform subcommittee and it’s unclear what precisely she is looking for. Maybe a magic “gotcha” moment where she finds the collective subcommittee rubbing their collective hand like a Bond villain and cackling about ruining Alameda. I have no idea.

She wants ALL the emails from this non Brown Act body from a gmail account that someone probably set up in order to organize a Google Drive where everyone could dump research they found without cluttering up their own personal Google Drives.

I mean that’s what I would do since I’m down to like only 30% of free space on my Google Drive.

It’s amazing how Trish Spencer is so fixated on this group and what they worked on but has no problem wanting the APD public relations to continue without fixing the core problematic issues with their public relations. She writes:

As of today, it is one week after the Council meeting, APD is still not able to use their social media pages because social media policies have not been developed. In the past, they regularly post multiple types of critical, valuable information to protect the public.  Much of it is time sensitive.  Lacking these resources potentially puts the public in harm’s way. 

Except for the fact that the City of Alameda’s public information officer has stepped in to this void and provided this service rather seamlessly in the interim while clear protocols are developed. Because right now there are no clear protocols around whether or not to use mug shots for people who have not been convicted of any crimes but have been arrested. That’s a problem. And if Trish Spencer doesn’t find that to be a problem, then that is a problem as well.

Sometimes I think that Trish Spencer gets so stuck in the weeds of trying to address the issues of whoever has her ear at the moment with the baseline of “government is bad” that she fails to see the bigger picture and how her actions effect the city as a whole. Or maybe I’m giving her too much credit and she is, in fact, just someone who wants to gum up the works to slow down government and then point to how it’s not working. Even after all these years, I still haven’t figured out which person she is.


  1. Trish Spencer is totally engaged and active on NextDoor, and is completely silent on Facebook for fear of violating open Government rules because she’s blocking constituents. It’s clear that she has a narrow base that she listens and panders to, rather than serving the people of Alameda. She’s made a predetermined conclusion about the police reform subcommittee and now she’s shopping around for evidence to support that conclusion. She’s tiring, and she’s not done – she believes she should be mayor again and really gum the works.

    Comment by Reality — April 5, 2021 @ 7:53 am

  2. I think it’s no more complicated than she needs the attention one gets on the dais. And like a lot of people who need that kind of supply, she thrives on the chaos she creates. And her impact (nothing progresses) is useful to the reactionary Olde Alameda crowd.

    Comment by Gaylon — April 5, 2021 @ 10:11 am

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