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August 31, 2021

Swept up

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

As you can imagine, Councilmember Trish Spencer hurriedly Called for Review the Planning Board’s approval of the Wellness Center design based on the purported inability of members of the public to log into the Planning Board meeting. Of course some of the people complaining about one incorrect dial in number were, somehow, still able to log on the view the meeting as were a bunch of other folks who either provided public comment or were following along and tweeting about it, like me.

Now, because neither Trish Spencer nor Tony Daysog seemed to have actually watched the video themselves they assumed that only the Wellness Center item was on deck for that night, but their wording of the Call for Review swept two other approvals in with their blanket action:

Interestingly enough Trish Spencer withdrew two projects from her call for review: a Harbor Bay commercial building set back and West Alameda Business Association’s temporary use permit for special events:

However, as stated in the staff report even though the applicant for the Wellness Center made a similar appeal to Trish Spencer and Tony Daysog as WABA and SRMErnst, that applicant has not received any correspondence from either Trish Spencer or Tony Daysog.

Because the entire Call for Review is based on a clerical error this seems like it should be easily dispatched with as quickly as Trish Spencer removed WABA and SRMErnst from being a part of this Call for Review process. To not release the last applicant would seem to have the appearance of unequal treatment by Councilmember Trish Spencer.


  1. I disagree with Trish Spencer on a lot of things over the years, but they were always just political differences. This crosses a line, however. It’s blatant corruption and abuse of power. It’s the unilateral action of a single individual trying to slow down a project that was approved by the majority of Alamedans. How the heck could the city attorney let this sail through?

    Comment by Corrupt Trish Spencer — August 31, 2021 @ 6:43 am

    • Corruption?

      Comment by . — August 31, 2021 @ 9:11 am

      • It absolutely is corruption. It’s pretending to use the Sunshine ordinance under the guise of transparency and accountability, but removing two items to specifically target a project that Trish Spencer does not like – in fact, she was the most prominent and most outspoken opponent. This is not about respecting and honoring the Brown Act, her extreme bias by singling out 1 item out of 3 has turned this into a blatant abuse of the bureaucratic process. Trish Spencer has crossed a line, and residents should not be uncomfortable with calling it what it is – corruption.

        Comment by Corrupt Trish Spencer — August 31, 2021 @ 11:32 am

        • Yay! We’re off the hook!

          Comment by Mia Bonta's war chest full of gambling money collected for perfectly honest reasons — August 31, 2021 @ 11:55 am

  2. To clarify a bit, Councilmember Daysog did at least send me a response, although he ignored my request for an exemption. By joining forces with Councilmember Spencer, Councilmember Daysog placed the burden on paying for an appeal (approximately $5,000) on the City of Alameda and its taxpayers, instead of opponents to the project. The outcome of his efforts, and those of he is serving: Spencer, OGC Commissioner Carmen Reid-Davis and absentee commercial landlord Harvey Rosenthal, is that more and more homeless are dying on our streets while waiting for critically needed services. I receive calls several times a week from agencies or individuals desperately seeking the type of services that the Wellness Center will provide. In his response to me, Councilmember Daysog said “I’m sure everything will be fine” I wish I could tell the people seeking services the same thing.

    Comment by Doug Biggs — August 31, 2021 @ 11:02 am

    • Doug Biggs, you’re a sanctimonious ass. If anything, homeless people are dying the streets because you chose a totally inappropriate location, lied in saying you were going to use existing buildings, then are for the sake of your big fat ego, tearing down the buildings and wasting millions for construction.

      Comment by Phil Smalls — August 31, 2021 @ 9:00 pm

      • The voters of Alameda have signaled their support for this project, at this location. If you cannot support the outcome of an election, then that makes you a Trumpian level sanctimonious ass. Good day, sir.

        Comment by Phil has smalls... — September 1, 2021 @ 8:55 am

      • I worked for the city of alameda for almost 31 years. Doug Biggs Is one of the most committed people I have ever met that wants to make things better for everyone. There are homeless people everywhere. The vast majority have mental health and substance abuse issues. I do not think Doug would ever down play that and he is trying to make a difference. You may disagree with Dougs’ approach but he is an amazing advocate. I’m glad I worked with him. If you have an option that will make a difference please let the people in charge no.

        Comment by Get real. — September 1, 2021 @ 9:28 pm

      • Methinks Carmen got herself yet another alias!

        Comment by Rod — September 2, 2021 @ 7:40 am

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