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October 7, 2021

Credit where it’s not due

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Hat tip to #alamtg twitter for this one, but file this one under: “the audacity of this dude.”

Apparently Tony Daysog has a 2018 – 2022 Facebook page to, I don’t know, round up articles for future reference who the fuck knows and literally the only thing posted as of yesterday that was publicly viewable that one did not need to join his group for was that article about the City Council’s vote on the homelessness plan and framework that was on deck on Tuesday night. If you followed along on #alamtg twitter, you will have known that Tony Daysog was, as usual, Tony Daysog-ing creating confusion around why he wouldn’t support the plan because he, personally, didn’t understand best practices around helping folks exit homelessness.

What’s particularly galling about him posting this is that he ABSTAINED on the vote. He didn’t bother taking a position one way or the other on whether he wanted to adopt a plan to help Alameda’s unhoused community he just was there. But the way that he framed the post to Facebook it really looks like he wanted to take credit for the actions of the three members of the City Council who did vote for it without actually having to do the work of taking a vote:

The reason why Tony Daysog could not support the plan? Because he doesn’t understand the Housing First model which has been around since forever and that he could have performed a cursory google search about and learned about the model and the research which shows its effectiveness in helping people exit homelessness and work on their other problems which are exacerbated through their lack of housing. He claimed that he wanted the framework adopted by the City to force people into supportive services — even if they’re not ready for it — in order to be eligible for shelter.

That’s not how it works.

Put it this way. No one made “insert famous rich person with a substance abuse issue/mental health issues/etc”‘s housing contingent on them going into rehab, accepting therapy, or any of the other stuff we expect of poor people because they are poor and we think we should be able to dictate how poor people live and act. It’s hard enough try to get sober, try to get mental health assistance when you are housed. Imagine how much more difficult it is when you’re not housed. So because Tony Daysog takes this patriarchal approach to how we should help unhoused people, he wants to dictate to them what they should do and how they should live in order to become housed. That sort of thinking is inhumane and Tony Daysog should feel bad that he failed to vote for a plan to help people exit homelessness because he doesn’t understand how the model works and clearly doesn’t care because he never bothered to understand it except on a very surface level.

And, just so we’re keeping score, Trish Spencer voted against this plan because she doesn’t seem to understand the distinction between what this plan will be doing and what the Alameda Housing Authority does. Which just shows that, to Trish Spencer, poor people and unhoused people are essentially the same in her mind and there’s no distinction between the two and that their needs are varied depending on their financial situation. As someone who apparently lives pretty frugally since she can’t pony up for high bandwidth internet she should understand that someone who has a Section 8 voucher (administered by the Housing Authority) is in a very different position that someone who has been living in a car for the past few months. They need different levels of intervention and definitely not everyone at the Housing Authority would have the training to help the person living in their car to find every resource which is available to them.

Anyway, next time you read someone complaining about an unhoused person in their neighborhood or about tents in public spaces just remind them that both Tony Daysog and Trish Spencer failed to support efforts to end homelessness in Alameda.


  1. Daysog is correct. If you gave $1,000 tonight to every homeless person and told them they should spend it on shelter for the week, they will spend the money on drugs and continue living on the street.

    Housing First doesn’t work because it doesn’t address the underlying problems of mental illness and drug addiction. This is why progressives like Janani Ramachandran labeled it a failure. Newsom has already spent billions and will spend billions more on housing the homeless and he will never solve homelessness. In fact, homelessness has increased by 16% during his reign.

    And you should wean yourself away from the bias of Google to search.

    Comment by TaketheL — October 7, 2021 @ 7:54 am

    • That’s not how Housing First works. Housing First is about harm reduction.

      And Janani R. understood exactly zero about housing, homelessness, and anything that didn’t involve railing against corporate democrats. That’s why she lost.

      Comment by Lauren Do — October 7, 2021 @ 9:12 am

    • It’s almost as if, when a problem gets worse, you have to spend more to address that problem – huh, as if there’s a correlation but not causation or something.

      If the number of children in Alameda has suddenly doubled from 10,000 to 20,000, and you only add 10 brand new schools on top of the 16 existing ones – guess what, you have a problem.

      The number of homeless services did not double overnight to keep up with the doubling of the homeless population, no one scales up that fast.

      Oh yea, and Tony Daysog is dumb as shit.

      Comment by Taking The Win — October 7, 2021 @ 11:18 am

  2. This RIGHT HERE is why naivete in politics is a bug, not a feature. See the consequences: “Housing First doesn’t work because it doesn’t address the underlying problems of mental illness and drug addiction. This is why progressives like Janani Ramachandran labeled it a failure.”

    Actually, she was misinformed, used as a tool by anti-housing fundamentalists, and her naivete has a long tail. Too bad for people who want to help unhoused neighbors and build housing

    Comment by Gaylon Parsons — October 7, 2021 @ 11:39 am

    • Nailed it. Janani Ramachandran had barely 1 year of real world experience after finishing law school and was manipulated by groups like ACT to trade for conservative votes, but yes let’s listen to her instead of the bevy of experts who have spent their entire careers to addressing the homeless problem.

      Comment by Reality — October 7, 2021 @ 1:10 pm

      • “Bevy of experts” made me laugh out loud. You actually believe in those experts who spend hundreds of millions a year in SF alone and have succeeded only in adding more bums every year while keeping their jobs. Said “experts” need new careers.

        Comment by Reality? You can wouldn’t know reality if it fucked you in the ass — October 7, 2021 @ 4:04 pm

        • as much as I swear on this site, your tag line doesn’t belong here.

          Comment by John P. — October 8, 2021 @ 8:27 am

        • It sounds like you don’t understand correlation very well. If homeless people increased by 200% but funding increased by only 150%, you definitely will have a growing homeless problem. The experts are screaming for more help, and it’s people like you who are exacerbating the problem by vilifying the folks and organizations who are in place to do anything about it.

          Comment by NIMBYs Gonna NIMBY — October 12, 2021 @ 1:38 pm

  3. Speaking of homeless folks there “was” a huge encampment way out on the Navy base. The entire parking area along the water out there near the ferry was filled. Didn’t really bother me, I just bicycled by on my rides every few days. About 2 weeks ago something drastic happened. Because one day I rode by and everything was there but a few days later almost ALL of it was gone. Just completely gone except for a few of the trailers that looked like they had been smashed up and damaged. It was sort of sad to see.

    Comment by john doe — October 14, 2021 @ 11:16 am

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