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June 8, 2022

Required reading

Filed under: Alameda — Tags: — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

I realize that reading about the uncomfortable history of the United States, California, and of Alameda is not that en vogue these days but the California Reparations Task Force has released an EXTENSIVE report on the subject of how Black people were treated by the government. It’s a great read but, for Alameda, the part about housing is particularly instructive in light of the snapshots from the 1960s and our work on the Housing Element which is forcing Alameda to truly examine housing through the framework of affirmatively furthering fair housing. To affirmatively further fair housing requires us to reconcile our history and how we have put into place (whether well intentioned or not) laws that have contributed to the systemic oppression of non white people, particularly Black people.

I know that even in the face of a well researched, well sourced report like this there will be people who will hand wave away the information contained even though it echos the research that had been revealed over and over again because folks find it hard to believe that their family, or even they themselves, contributed to outcomes that proved to be discriminatory. Reconciling that information is difficult but without that reconciliation there is no way to move forward and start making amends for the past.

So, with that, a few things pulled from the report which are pertinent to Alameda:

Even though Alameda’s neighborhoods before 1973 where historically mixed with multifamily units and single family homes, 1973 saw Measure A passed which — even though people framed it as “saving Victorians or now it’s about maintaining neighborhood character — had been used for decades previously by cities across the nation to keep Black families out of certain neighborhoods.

And this may sound familiar given the 1963 articles:

Then there is this bit about racially restrictive covenants which the Fernside neighborhood famously had contained within their CCRs for a fair number of years. Even though it has presently been removed the impact of such a covenant still exists today with that area in Alameda being one of the least diverse of all in Alameda:

And more:


  1. When you accused Trish Spencer of misusing Next Door to publish the names of people who applied for the police commission I saw your point – privacy, even though all had made a public application to a governmental entity. But given the current highly charged political atmosphere of issues involving the safety of one of our Supreme Court justices, and in light of other political and mass shooting attacks, I hope you agree (with Twitter) that publishing home addresses of your political opponents, like Carmen Reid, is highly inappropriate and warranted your suspension, and maybe even a reflection on your part.

    Comment by Common Sense — June 8, 2022 @ 11:05 am

    • Are you kidding me? That’s exactly the problem, Carmen Reid used her own personal address instead of the AAPS address because she used the organization without their permission, which is fraudulent and worthy of an investigation by the attorney general. It seems there is a fissure within the AAPS org with one or two members trying to retroactively provide veneer of authority, but we have already seen evidence of the AAPS leadership getting blindsided by Carmen Reid’s latest hijinks. The application is public information subject to FOIA disclosure, so Carmen did this herself, not Lauren.

      Comment by Carmen Reid's Coal Black Heart — June 8, 2022 @ 12:56 pm

    • Blah blah blah blah blah nobody cares fuck off

      Comment by Rod — June 8, 2022 @ 1:07 pm

    • Is that Carmen Reid’s home address and information? It says it belongs to the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society, that’s the organization who filed the nomination.

      Comment by Lauren Do — June 8, 2022 @ 2:13 pm

  2. “common sense”, why do you post here, you can’t even be honest about anything plus the Fox News shit you come up with would fly better over at Alameda Merry go round.

    Comment by Bidenismypresident — June 8, 2022 @ 2:32 pm

  3. Just hear noticing folks not commenting about reparations.

    At the June 2020 virtual Juneteenth event organized by Robbie Wilson with City of Alameda, my remarks “why the City of Alameda owes Black people reparations” starts at 14:00:00.

    Deeply embedded stereotypes prevent folks from recognizing any if all the various harms, even more recent ones.

    Comment by Rasheed Shabazz — June 9, 2022 @ 6:04 am

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