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May 6, 2022

Waiver-ing the white flag

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

I’m going to leave you with this absolute classic from Councilmember Trish Spencer from last Tuesday’s City Council meeting. This is during the discussion about the Housing Element and Trish Spencer is grilling staff about some of the policies within the Housing Element. She’s trying, of course, to nitpick her way through this document to show that she’s paying attention or gotcha-ing city staff or whatever she’s trying to do but what it shows, instead, is Trish Spencer’s lack of general understanding about the Housing Element and poor reading comprehension.


I really enjoyed after it dawned on her that she misunderstood the section that she pivots to the fact that recent projects have, in fact, asked for a waiver from universal design elements. Universal Design is required by our City ordinance to make new homes accessible for people with disabilities.

As staff points out, if we didn’t have A/26 developers wouldn’t have to lean so heavily on the density bonus in order to build multifamily housing. Because they are complying with the density bonus they can ask for concessions and because it costs substantially more to build a unit that is universally designed, to save money they’re going to ask for a waiver. See how the need to continue to enshrine A/26 actually stops positive progress in our City?

I don’t think that conversation went quite the way Trish Spencer thought it was going to go.


  1. Realize it is hard work trying to find ‘gotcha’ in staffs’ work …

    Comment by Ron Mooney — May 6, 2022 @ 7:48 am

  2. Her entire 12 years of “public service” in a nutshell. She’s a chaos agent, and thankfully an incompetent one at that.

    Comment by JRB — May 6, 2022 @ 8:36 am

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