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May 26, 2022

Lack of priority

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

This is a bit of an older video but it’s pretty important in light of the discussion from the Chamber of Commerce’s housing forum on Tuesday. I tweeted out a bunch of those videos the other day but I’ll discuss the information in detail in another post. But quickly there was a lot of concerns about “infrastructure” and the lack of investment in “infrastructure.” But it seems that when Bay Farm’s two champions: Trish Spencer and Tony Daysog were confronted with the ability to raise revenue to start addressing infrastructure issues, they balked.

In true Tony Daysog fashion he blamed ill prioritized spending and said that the City Council should not be trying to pay down its unfunded liabilities and, rather, kick the can down the road again. Of course, this is how the City Council of old got into the whole “last person to turn off the lights” City of Alameda on the verge of bankruptcy thing which, conveniently, Tony Daysog was not on the City Council during the blame game and the clean up.

Trish Spencer, however, is taking a different tact. Even though there is an acknowledged City wide issue with people not having homes Trish Spencer thinks that we should have not use City resources to help the less fortunate and instead use these resources as revenue generators to fund infrastructure. She closes her speech by saying that Alamedans are suffering but seems to overlook those whose struggle is much, much worse.

This video is from the City Council’s budget meeting

It’s this type of lack of empathy that continues to leave behind the most vulnerable and voiceless. Because the people Trish Spencer is fighting for have always had a prominent seat at the table. She continues to advocate for those who already benefit from the status quo on the backs of those who have no access and nothing tangible to offer her.

7 Comments »

  1. The American economy is an amazing engine. It has created clean safe neighborhoods for those who want that, though we look askance at their morals for wanting to live this way with their families.

    It’s also created condos ready for sale in the tenderloin, dense living close to transit with bedbugs at no extra charge. These are perfect places for people who love piles of garbage, poop, needles, poop, muggings, and poop.

    Bonus: the condos are more than a million cheaper than homes in 94501.

    Why fight when you can switch?

    Comment by Something for everyone! — May 26, 2022 @ 7:28 am

    • The fact that you don’t think that everyone is deserving of or wants a dignified place to live speaks to your complete lack of humanity. Grow a fucking heart.

      Comment by Lauren Do — May 26, 2022 @ 8:39 am

    • When your mom cuts off your internet and kicks you out of the basement, you may want others to help.

      Comment by BC — May 26, 2022 @ 9:01 am

    • You’re absolutely not a vile monster at all.

      Jesus, there are more and more of them coming out of the woodwork.

      I bet you would not be able to afford your home if you had to buy at today’s wages and prices. Your place in Alameda wasn’t due to being morally superior or hard work, but good generational luck and timing. Have some compassion for others who didn’t benefit from the same.

      Comment by A Compassionate Alamedan — May 26, 2022 @ 10:03 am

  2. Fiscally responsible means lack of empathy? With the US economy heading toward a recession by the end of the year and inflation at 8.3% and no end in sight (all depressing city revenues and raising costs) getting rid of revenue sources to take on new obligations is a fools choice.

    Comment by Common Sense — May 26, 2022 @ 9:05 am

    • Or you can bitch and complain about when homeless encampments will no longer “exist” but do nothing to assist the people living in those encampments. I mean, if you and Trish Spencer just want to buy bus tickets out of town for all those people just say it. It’s unethical and simply relocating rather than solving the problem but a fairly typical response for Republicans and “conservatives” like you and her.

      Here’s a hint though unlike infants who don’t understand object permanence both you and Trish should know that simply because you can’t always see homeless people they do exist.

      Comment by Lauren Do — May 26, 2022 @ 9:28 am

      • I’ll chip in a $100.00 Bucks to buy Tony and Trish bus tickets out of town.

        Comment by John P. — May 26, 2022 @ 11:21 am


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