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May 20, 2022

No on B: “f them kids”

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

I know I haven’t talked about the Measure B campaign (Vote yes!) but the twitter posts about the no on Measure B texts are absolutely hilarious:


  1. Leland “Lee” Traiman is not doing a good job with this campaign. He makes the FOCCers and their handing out of single-user plastic water bottles to kids at an Earth Day rally look like political masterminds in comparison.

    I wonder how much of a landslide this is going to be.

    Comment by Yes on B — May 20, 2022 @ 7:37 am

    • Alameda has often supported school funding measures but I have seen VERY little about Measure B this season. It may fail simply due to apathy and low turnout, which favors the Leland Traimans of this world. (We WILL vote YES on B, of course.)

      Comment by Jon Spangler — May 20, 2022 @ 8:00 am

      • Jon – maybe get your head out of your ass. My mailbox has been full of mailers. You tweet about getting mailers too – but have selective memory

        Comment by Jon can't tell the difference between Wilson or Wiley — May 20, 2022 @ 11:11 am

    • Not sure you are correct….

      The last school bond barely squeaked by, and the current “ask” is quite high in an inflationary economy and imploding stock market. In fact, our own city council voted against putting a tax measure on the ballot because the timing wasn’t right.

      With enrollment way down, schools closed for too long, the clear failure of zoom school, test scores down, achievement gaps widened, and national controversy about curriculum I think it’s a hard sell to actual taxpayers and property owners that every few years AUSD asks for more.

      Make fun of Tremaine all you want, but he did win the lawsuit against AUSD, which continues to receive very questionable legal advice on splitting tax rolls.

      Comment by Really — May 20, 2022 @ 10:34 am

      • The last school measure was the parcel tax, and that barely squeaked by because the vote required a 2/3 threshold. This one, a bond measure, only requires 55%. Alameda usually votes around 60% on these. The opposition has not been consistent with their reasoning for why they oppose the tax. We tried one way and it was challenged. We tried the other way and it was also challenged. I’m starting to suspect that maybe they just don’t like taxes? Or helping children? Both?

        Comment by All Aboard The Trainman — May 20, 2022 @ 10:49 am

      • Apparently you did not watch the City Council meeting …. The City did not put a tax (bond actually) measure on the ballot as two members (TS TD) would not agree to it … nothing to do with timing.
        Poor staff job in not presenting a reasonable list up front of the infrastructure items to be addressed, just a general idea. Of course the details would have been laid out in the few weeks to develop the actual ballot item, since we know the City infrastructure needs massive investment in the decades ahead, but hey – if you can win elections today by saying no to bonds and let the cost skyrocket in ten years time due to the delay, why not?

        Comment by Ron Mooney — May 21, 2022 @ 8:31 am

  2. I’ve not read the full text yet, but when you issue a bond you have to pay interest (like, you’re borrowing money), but should discount interest payments to get their present value. Banks get fees for running the bond issuance, but the bond holders will probably be pension funds or some other fund, not the banks themselves. Not sure if this is basic financial illiteracy or opportunism (the perpetual question with the Alameda right). It’s quite a basket of signatories. I see that he upon whom fortune has not smiled is on the list again.

    Comment by BC — May 20, 2022 @ 8:27 am

    • Pension funds are non-taxable entities, they don’t buy tax exempt bonds like these. The bulk of buyers will be retail investors, either directly or indirectly via the mutual funds & institutions (trust departments, family offices, ETF’s et al) that cater to them.

      Comment by dave — May 20, 2022 @ 8:40 am

      • Good correction.

        Comment by BC — May 20, 2022 @ 8:58 am

        • I forgot to mention life and P&C insurers, who are also big buyers of muni bonds.

          Comment by dave — May 20, 2022 @ 9:15 am

  3. I would respect the “No” folks more if they just stuck to the facts. They are twisting the truth to fit their perverted agenda against AUSD. They scream that this should be a PARCEL TAX instead – yet, Crawley has sued Livermore over their Parcel tax, Traimain has sued AUSD for teacher salary increase parcel tax. Janet and Trish have voted against every parcel tax before them when on school board. David Howard ran the opposition campaign against parcel tax B1 and took loads of money from Charter school PACs. Their agenda is quite clear – they want to create confusion and fear. They point fingers at AUSD – but have no proof of mismanagement. And quite the opposite, school taxes are audited yearly and reviewed by community oversight. It is no surprise that CHAOS ACTOR Trish has her drunken hands all wrapped up in this. Not to mention Ed Herishberg who is banking rolling this NO campaign and Leland’s lawsuit – all to line their pockets with settlement money. They want the buildings to crumble to the ground…. unless they are the building on McKay.

    Comment by Trish Is Trash — May 20, 2022 @ 11:06 am

  4. Thank you Lauren! Working on this campaign has been eye-opening for sure. But I have seen the majority of Alamedans rallying to support our schools. Residents talk about improving infrastructure on the island all the time – and this Measure will do just that for one of our most important – if not the MOST important institutions – our public schools. Because of covid most people have not been able to see the significant and beautiful changes at Encinal or AHS – all because the community rallied for a bond. Our elementary school are safer with organized and secure entry points. The list can go on and on. This measure will SAVE Emma Hood Swim Center, and invest in our arts programs spaces and sports fields too. I encourage people to talk to their neighbors about the benefits – we have canvassing going on this weekend too, visit to learn more – all the site plans are their, FAQs and our growing list of endorsers.

    Comment by #AlamedaYesOnB — May 20, 2022 @ 11:21 am

    • oops – I thought my name would appear as well – ^ I wrote the Yes on B. lol

      Comment by Ryan LaLonde — May 20, 2022 @ 11:23 am

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