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September 9, 2021

Time sensitive

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

As you can imagine Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was a complete and utter shit show. Just a master class in obstruction and trying to delay the inevitable brought to you by City Councilmember and future candidate for Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer. It started off by Trish Spencer pulling as many items off the consent calendar as humanly possible in order to delay the hearing. Actually I think it started when Trish Spencer attempted to bring the Council Referrals in front of the regular agenda items and she was rejected by the Council majority (with the exception of Tony “abstention is leadership” Daysog).

So we had two hours of items that were on the consent calendar but then ended up in discussion land because Trish Spencer wanted to stall for time and try to push off the Wellness Center to yet another meeting. According to a speaker when the Wellness Center was finally heard, it appears that Trish Spencer and friends were trying to push the Wellness Center project past September because they thought the lease between APC and the GSA would be up and the project would die. What was announced that night was that APC had successfully negotiated an extension so these machinations were all for naught.

What was even worse that these silly shenanigans was the absolutely lame explanations/excuses offered by Trish Spencer and Tony Daysog as to why they released the two other items which were on the same agenda and subject to the same agenda “failures” as the Wellness Center. Both Trish Spencer and Tony Daysog went around in loopy semantic circles but in the end failed to say anything meaningful rather than offer up a weak explanation that an example had to be made of that PB agenda because of the one wrong dial-in phone number but the other two items — (1) a commercial setback on Harbor Bay and (2) the community garden concerts on Webster Street — were “time sensitive” but that the Wellness Center project was not.

Except for the fact that the Wellness Center project has been subject to two Calls for Review: (1) the review the the HAB’s demolition authorization and (2) this one by the same two City Council members. This hearing clocked the number of hearings for this Wellness Center at lucky number 18. Oh and there was that little thing about the lease expiring which Trish Spencer and friends were counting on. So I don’t know how much more “time sensitive” you can get than that.

Except for the additional fact that was brought up by Vice Mayor Malia Vella that the services offered by the Wellness Center don’t exist in Alameda and every day those folks who should be able to access those services can’t because of the endless delays by people like Trish Spencer and Tony Daysog because they refuse to help unhoused and poor folks. I think those folks would think that moving the Wellness Center forward is pretty darn “time-sensitive.”

You could even hear it in Tony Daysog’s voice that he didn’t believe whatever he was saying out loud. That he had been convinced by whomever that this was the right tack to take. Trish Spencer on the other hand, well, she’s never met an agenda item to help the most vulnerable in our community that she wasn’t itching to vote against. Case in point she voted against (on consent) an item to extend the emergency declaration around Covid because apparently she doesn’t want to continue any of the government Covid response thingies because she’s an anti-government elected official. She also voted against hiring routine staff like people to service traffic signals because she’s an anti-government elected official who some of you assholes continue to vote for because she’s fun at parties.

But I digress.

Anyway, in the end after an hour of pure nonsense because, honestly, I’m not sure what Trish Spencer and Tony Daysog thought the outcome of this was going to be other than trying to stall the project so that APC would lose funding or the lease would expire or something along those lines, the City Council majority voted to uphold the decision of the Planning Board.

And you should watch this video which encapsulates the frustration of everyone who was been tracking this project from the start and have seen procedural abuses to tank this project when opponents couldn’t manage to kill the project every other way.

Oh and Tony Daysog abstained on two votes regarding this project including approving the Planning Board minutes which is just a weird thing to abstain about.


  1. The best part of the night was probably Open Government Commissioner (and future city council candidate) Carmen Reid calling into the meeting not once but twice – second time pretending to be another individual named “Apple Strudel.”

    I shit you not. These people are horrible, corrupt, and should be ashamed of themselves for willing to abuse power to deny life-saving services for homeless seniors.

    Comment by WTF Did I just Watch — September 9, 2021 @ 6:52 am

    • Seriously, what does it take to get a commissioner removed? Between this and the fact that she trolls nextdoor with a pseudonym after being permanently banned for doxxing proponents for the wellness center, she is the antithesis of what that commission is supposed to be about? Does council have the power to remove appointees?

      Comment by Rod — September 10, 2021 @ 6:43 am

  2. I noticed that Trish has set up a great background for her pretend council room in her home, American flag, California flag, and a big picture of Alameda. She forgot to put up her Texas flag and a picture of her dear leader.

    Comment by John P. — September 9, 2021 @ 9:13 am

    • That’s not her house, she goes into City Hall like Tony Daysog to Zoom from there.

      Comment by Lauren Do — September 9, 2021 @ 9:20 am

      • Are we sure she even lives in Alameda?

        Comment by Sleepy Moe — September 9, 2021 @ 11:30 am

  3. The Scumbag of the Night Award goes to Tony Daysog, who tried to wrap himself in a flag of democracy while pursuing a contortionist logic of explaining why the parking lot concerts are time-sensitive but saving the lives of homeless seniors is not. He also cost city taxpayers $5,000 by seconding Trish’s action.

    Great job to John Knox White for calling the whole thing for what it was – a complete sham.

    Comment by Censure Daysog — September 9, 2021 @ 9:26 am

  4. Outrageous! Not

    The column and comments remind me of “2 minutes of hate” from the dystopian novel 1984-which was meant to distract citizens from focusing on the real cause of anxiety, the controlling party itself.

    Nice job.

    Comment by Orwell Lives! — September 9, 2021 @ 10:38 am

    • If we’re going with Orwell, then you should have applied that to Tony Daysog’s “Open Government and Democracy” logic when the mayor asked him why it does not apply across the board: “All planning board items are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

      Comment by Reality — September 9, 2021 @ 11:03 am

    • eVeRYtHinG i dISagGreE wiTh iZ oRWelLiAn!!!

      Comment by Rod — September 10, 2021 @ 6:45 am

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