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November 17, 2021

Baked in

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

I didn’t get an opportunity to listen to the entire Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting so I don’t know what the final vote or what state the final motion was but, suffice it to say, it was pretty much fait accompli at only two weeks after Wilma Chan died. There was a lot of talk about the wishes of the family — I mean even Janani Ramachandran who was beating the drum against “establishment” Democrats was right there towing the party line of establishment Democrats to say that the best person for the job was Wilma Chan’s Chief of Staff and even using the “wishes of the family” and citing the number of prominent API electeds to support that appointment. The irony is one of those prominent electeds she was citing was Mia Bonta who defeated her after a heated run off where Janani Ramachandran spent a lot of time alluding to Mia Bonta’s corruptness, but I digress.

It seemed as those only Keith Carson and Nate Miley — the two non white members of the board — wanted to wait on this appointment timeline which seemed awfully compressed. But it was clear that both — even with the timing issue — seemed open to the appointment of Dave Brown to fill Wilma Chan’s seat.

What was truly the most icky part of watching the sausage get made part of the meeting was the number of people who insisted that Dave Brown was the best choice because he would only be a placeholder and would not be eligible to run for the seat next year because of residency rules. Apparently Dave Brown, Wilma Chan’s Chief of Staff, was not a resident of District 3 until last week and — in order to run for office — you have to have been a resident for at least a year. This would, naturally, leave the field wide open in 2022 without any incumbent so you can see how prominent District 3 elected officials who have higher aspirations would rather have a dog fight with other in an open primary rather than have to make the BOS essentially handpick next year’s victor.

It’s certainly eyebrow raising how quickly this all came together and, based on the discussion about Dave Brown he seems like he’ll be a decent supervisor but it’s disappointing that — with so many other immensely qualified candidates — there seemed to be only one choice baked in from the very start.


  1. Wut? They appointed a white man? I thought you were in favor of “placeholders.”

    Speaking of corporate Democrats like the Bontas, Biden’s latest bill allows a deduction for state taxes to go from $10,000 per person to $80,000 per person- the opposite of “tax the rich.”

    And remember those big Indian Gaming industry “donations” to both of the Bontas campaigns that Janani Ramachandran rightfully pointed out were legalized bribes to get AG Bonta to approve their gambling initiative? It turns out that sports betting is worth $3 Billion a year in revenues. And guess what Bally’s and the other gaming companies call one of their competing initiatives? “Californians for Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support Initiative.”

    This is how the sausage is really made.

    Comment by Corporate Demo$rat — November 17, 2021 @ 7:44 am

    • I see Observer/Carmen Reid/Carmen Davis/Apple Strudel/Jiminy Cricket has changed her name again. You know that we have a way of figuring out it’s you, right?

      Comment by Reality — November 17, 2021 @ 10:52 am

      • So says the man of a thousand handles…..

        Comment by Self aware?? — November 17, 2021 @ 12:53 pm

      • How dare you?!

        Comment by Commissioner A. Strudel — November 18, 2021 @ 7:10 am

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