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April 8, 2021

Love is blindness

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Do you ever encounter those situations where you think that you understand everything that you need to know about particular but then something happens that just reinforces what you already believed but it’s so staggering that it takes you physically aback? Reader I had that moment at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. I mean, I already knew that Tony Daysog was an objectively terrible City Councilmember. I don’t think you could find anyone who spends as much time actively running for an elected position but then is so disinterested in the act of governance once he gets there. I guess there’s Donald Trump, but you don’t really want to be compared with Donald Trump outside of, like, rural Mississippi.

But Tony Daysog’s comments about the Alameda Police Department had me reeling in light of the BuzzFeed article that was only a few hours old when Tony Daysog put his full voice into his love for all things APD. Tony Daysog, during the Council Referral portion which was to discuss the social media account of APD, decided to declare that he 100% trusted the professional staff at APD to make good choices. After an article was released that said members of the APD continued to use facial recognition programs after the City Council — the policymaking body on which he sits — voted to not allow the use of facial recognition software.

Let me put it in terms that someone who loves APD to a blindness can understand:

Say the City Council voted to not allow a Krispy Kreme to be built on Park Street, but then a staff member at the Planning and Building department said, “meh, I don’t care I’m going to give them approvals anyway.” Then the Krispy Kreme cropped up overnight and people looked around and said, “wtf when did the City approve a Krispy Kreme?” then the Council collectively shrugged and said, well, I like Krispy Kreme and I trust the staff of the Planning and Building department so no harm, no foul. We would all collectively lose our minds right?

Or let me put it even simpler if that was too complex for Tony Daysog to understand:

Say you had a jar of cookies you made for your kid, but you didn’t want the kid to have the cookies before dinner because it would spoil their dinner. So you say, “no cookies before dinner okay?” Kid agrees but then eats the whole jar of cookies before dinner and then vomits all night long and your partner says, “well it was for him anyway and I trust him so let’s put out this new jar of cookies.” You would think this is the most naïve parent ever.

So yeah, Tony Daysog doesn’t seem to understand that he caped for a department which said they didn’t care about the citizen elected body which established a policy that they’re supposed to follow. I don’t know if that’s naiveté or just willful ignorance.

What I do know is after that distasteful episode from Tony Daysog I lost more respect for him which I, honestly, didn’t think was actually possible since there was very little left. And if we continue to elect people like Tony Daysog who have a supreme distaste from doing anything meaningful we really need a civilian oversight board to be the gatekeeper who will actually care when it’s revealed that police officers determined themselves to be above stated rules and policies.

6 Comments »

  1. Daysog is an idiot not worthy of the wear-and-tear on my fingertips to type his name, and certainly not a long post.

    Please, Lauren, learn about how APD operates. You conflate different duties and responsibilities and make some huge assumptions. In the end, though, the person responsible for everything APD is the chief, and there hasn’t been a competent, decent one since Noonan left.

    Comment by Sleepy Moe — April 8, 2021 @ 7:33 am

    • Sleepy Moe – Lauren is speaking on specifically about Daysog giving another organization carte blanche, regardless of what that organization is. City council is the de facto oversight committee for APD (the police officers work for the police chief, who is accountable to the city manager, who is accountable to the city council), and Mr. Daysog simply is not doing his job. Whether or not APD has an operational efficiency or poor organizational communication management is not the issue – it’s that Mr. Daysog seems totally fine with all of it.

      The voters of Alameda deserve better than this elected official.

      Comment by Reality — April 8, 2021 @ 9:25 am

    • You should probably learn how elected policy makers impact how the City is run day to day.

      And maybe look at a org chart for the City of Alameda.

      Comment by Lauren Do — April 8, 2021 @ 9:39 am

  2. Org chart: IAFF
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    Vella JKW & MEA

    Comment by M.A Hanna — April 8, 2021 @ 9:47 am

    • Aw shit, it didn’t format right

      Comment by I hate it when that happens — April 8, 2021 @ 9:48 am

  3. I’m just… I want competent city governance and have NO IDEA how to get there. Vella’s stepping off… who else is there? I’m active enough on NextDoor to be afraid, very afraid.

    Comment by SLeto — April 9, 2021 @ 4:19 pm


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