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January 21, 2022

Do the hustle

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

On Tuesday night an item was pulled off the consent calendar that I didn’t even notice on the consent calendar because it seemed pretty benign and work that was important for the City to move forward on because of the 2020 action taken by the City Council to declare racism a public health crisis. Basically the item was to bring on well respected consultants to examine the City of Alameda as an organization (so not like you and me but the people who work for the machine that runs the city) and develop a much needed diversity, inclusion, etc plan for the City.

I’ll note that someone who logged into a past City Council meeting and proclaimed Councilmember Trish Spencer his “hero” charmingly declared in the comments of Facebook feed of this meeting that the City was:

Of course the worshipper of Trish Spencer couldn’t even be bothered to provide actual correct facts about the amount, it’s $250K and the “tax money” thing came directly from the mouth of Trish Spencer who expressed concern about spending this amount of money and tried to get the City Manager to promise that they wouldn’t try to raise taxes if the City was going to spend this amount of money. Put a pin in this concern about money when the subject of automated license plate readers comes before the Council and people point out that there’s no reports which show the efficacy of ALPRs. But I digress.

Noted local social justice promoters Alameda Citizens Taskforce were concerned that perhaps people who didn’t look like the majority of the membership of ACT may be too centered in this effort:

I’ve never read the term “nationality of origin” before in my life and it makes sense that my first time being exposed to it is when a bunch of white people write a letter questioning the life work of people of color. I looked through the proposal to see what this was in reference to and I believe it’s this but I’m not sure what categories ACT believe are missing that are not covered:

Maybe it’s religion that ACT think is missing or maybe that whole bit is just code for “are white people going to be included?”

ACT goes on to conclude that they have a problem with this whole thing, probably because they think white people aren’t going to be included. I mean, that was their largest beef with the public safety reimagining and racial equity subcommittees: that “the community” wasn’t included. Except for the fact that we use representatives of the community ALL THE TIME to stand in the place of the “entire community.” These are just dogwhistles that not enough white people who look like the members of ACT were included in this effort and, therefore, the effort is somehow less valid than all the other committees which have been convened over the years to make decisions for the entire populace of Alameda. It always comes back to who is judged to be the “community” and for folks like ACT people who don’t look like them who end up being centered in efforts like the racial equity subcommittees and the Jackson Park renaming effort are never “the community.”

The whole “who is the community” thing kinda reminds me of this:

Anyway, I had started off with a different plan for this post which, I guess, I’ll save for a future date. The vote on this item was 4 – 1 with Trish “I’m Latino. I am the first and only Hispanic mayor of the city” Spencer who decided that addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the City of Alameda is unnecessary.

9 Comments »

  1. “local social justice promoters Alameda Citizens Taskforce”

    Okay, I laughed.

    Comment by NIMBYs Gonna NIMBY — January 21, 2022 @ 6:57 am

  2. Alameda’s equivalence of the abhorrent polling tax of the south is measure A26. More will be accomplished towards promoting racial equity by its elimination than almost any other action the city could take. ACT/AAPS (the leadership has melded into the same group) is scared that their centuries of white dominance are on the verge of being lost. Also “nationality of origin” was the buzzword of a local white power group in the bay area called the European American Issues Forum. Like Mitch, and apparently ACT/AAPS.

    Comment by notadave — January 21, 2022 @ 7:38 am

  3. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s Brian Kennedy making the “leftist race hustlers” comment. You may remember him from several unhinged city council rants about immigrants. Class act, that guy!

    Comment by Rod — January 21, 2022 @ 8:51 am

  4. Those interested in inclusion within our City should also take note of the unanimous support (except for my neutral comment) expressed by about 20 residents or groups for the Encinal Terminals project. Supporters of the project included ACT (the Alameda Citizens Task Force) and AAPS (Alameda Architectural Preservation Society). ACT formally opposed Measure Z to repeal the City Charter ban on multi-family housing in 2020.

    Why did many of their members speak publicly in support of 589 multi-family homes at the Encinal Terminals site at Tuesday’s City Council meeting?

    Why?
    Mostly because they wanted to preserve single family or duplex zoning permitted in in R-1, R-2 to R-7 neighborhoods imposed by the charter ban on multi-family homes. Leaving the ban in place in these neighborhoods perpetuates inequitable opportunities redlining inherited by today’s affluent residents created by the 1973 charter ban on multi-family homes that State law has now deems illegal.

    Comment by William Smith — January 21, 2022 @ 12:44 pm

    • ACT did not support the project, they did not have a representative speak that night but sent a letter which was largely oppositional.

      Comment by Lauren Do — January 21, 2022 @ 3:44 pm

      • Lauren,
        Thanks for the correction regarding ACT’s letter. I don’t recall ACT’s comments against being strident.

        Comment by 2wheelsmith — January 25, 2022 @ 8:50 pm

  5. I think what Mitch wanted to say was “and we as Americans have to stop them”.

    Comment by Bidenismypresident — January 21, 2022 @ 1:25 pm

  6. As a white guy, I am appalled at the kinds of racist tactics used by people who supposedly belong to my “facial” or “ethnic” groups. (I am at least 3/4 German by genetic heritage, dating back to four Spengler brothers who fled the German religious wars between Catholics and Protestants in the 1600s. They settled in Pennsylvania, Anglicized their last name to Spangler, and their descendants fought for independence.)

    The tactic of “pulling up the drawbridge” once we have achieved “ours” (by fair means or foul) is typical of white supremacists. Section 26 of our City Charter is one of many gross examples of how white privilege (AKA class privilege, land privilege, and economic privilege) is maintained, to the detriment of most Americans and counter to basic Judeo-Christian principles of justice, compassion, sharing one’s wealth, forgiving debts after 7 years, etc.

    Fighting to maintain white privilege (economic, social, etc.) is going to cost Almeda and the US not only a healthier social, economic, or racial equity balance: it is going to cost us the very health, safety, and livability of our one and only planet.

    In case anyone out there cares, that fight may also cost us our very souls.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — January 25, 2022 @ 6:54 pm

    • “racial,” not facial. 😉

      Comment by Jon Spangler — January 25, 2022 @ 6:55 pm


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