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December 9, 2021

Malicious compliance

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

Councilmember John Knox White posted this updated yesterday regarding the Housing Element and the aftermath of the special meeting which was jaw dropping in the lengths that both Councilmembers Tony Daysog and Trish Spencer were willing to go to avoid actually affirmatively furthering fair housing in Alameda.

So, rather than — as staff would have done in the past — chalk up Tony Daysog and Trish Spencer’s suggestions as complete nonsense designed to be provocative and not necessarily a solution; staff complied with their suggestions and will bring forward the pieces necessary to move forward these City Councilmembers solutions.

The Navy cap for Alameda Point was already under discussion before Trish Spencer insisted it was her idea but the housing in the business parks directly in the zone of influence of the Port of Oakland, that one is ALL Trish Spencer.

As a reminder Trish Spencer pushed forward the idea that, because two Harbor Bay business owners supported Measure Z, that housing should go in the business parks themselves. The business parks which are directly in the takeoff paths for Oakland Airport. But the “business park” is a lot bigger than just those flight path sites, it also includes that one parcel where Trish Spencer, when she was mayor, partnered with Tony Daysog and Frank Matarrese to kill a senior supportive living project aka housing. So based on the Housing Element update, it looks like staff is putting that site back on the agenda to possibly add as a housing site for the Housing Element. It’s what Trish Spencer said was her “bringing solutions.” I’m guessing that if that site gets zoned for residential the approved hotel project will get quickly scrapped.

Tony Daysog didn’t want to touch Bay Farm or the East End but rather he went west, as he always does, to save the only constituency he cares about. Do you all know where the Main Street Linear Park is? If you don’t it’s literally a path way, it sort of looks like a less pretty version of the Cross Alameda Trail. It is currently designated as the Bay Trail and is a run off catchment area as well. This is the Main Street Linear Park. Tony Daysog wants this parcel to be re-zoned as housing from open space before touching anything on the East End or Bay Farm.

He also wants Neptune Park rezoned as well which is above for those unfamiliar with where Neptune Park sits on the West End. Both these parcel will require a ballot measure to rezone it from open space to residential. I can just see the ballot arguments now from Tony Daysog: “save Alameda’s real neighborhoods by rezoning Alameda’s fake West End neighborhood’s open space!”

I imagine that all the NIMBYs out there who blather on and on about the importance of open space will have no problem with shortchanging the West End of open space in order to avoid bearing any responsibility to affirmatively further fair housing. I wonder how quickly this can get on a special election ballot. It would need to be rather soon because it will require a full commitment through rezoning to pass muster with HCD.


  1. Trish and Tony are just terrible, useless politicians. Grandstanding without any realistic actions.

    Comment by Reality — December 9, 2021 @ 6:48 am

  2. Disappointed that the hotel never got built, but housing next to the ferry terminal is a good use. Tony’s park ideas are terrible, and I can’t imagine the ballot initiative would single out West End parks only, it would have to include all Alameda parks.

    Comment by Karen Bey — December 9, 2021 @ 9:09 am

    • It’s going to 100% single out West End parks, those were the only open space zoning parcels Tony Daysog mentioned.

      Comment by Lauren Do — December 9, 2021 @ 9:51 am

      • The West End has come along way in creating new parks and open spaces — not a good idea at all!

        Comment by Karen Bey — December 9, 2021 @ 10:54 am

  3. I like Tony’s idea about housing next to the Main Street Ferry Terminal. The Main Street Ferry Terminal is getting a complete make-over anyway. Having housing near all three of our ferry terminals are very good uses. Not only are these transit rich locations, but it would allow us to develop all of Alameda’s ferry terminals as attractive gateways and points of entry into Alameda.

    See LU-31 (g) in the new General Plan 2040 .

    Comment by Karen Bey — December 9, 2021 @ 9:46 am

    • But he’s offering that as an alternative to any kind of development in the East End and Bay Farm. I’m in favor of smart development on the West End, such as near the ferry terminals – BUT not if the cost is to take everywhere else in Alameda off-limits. Let’s not validate Tony Daysog and his need to placate his wealthy handlers.

      Comment by Reality — December 9, 2021 @ 12:56 pm

  4. HCD is going to look askance at these suggestions and nix them

    Comment by Laura Thomas — December 9, 2021 @ 5:43 pm

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