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June 10, 2022

Silencer all these years

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

Ah, the “people’s Mayor” is back in action again folks, first by heckling a yes on B canvasser in her neighborhood:

It’s not anything we should be surprised about. Trish Spencer, the self-styled “people’s Mayor,” has always selected who is worthy of being heard and who is not from her time in the Mayor’s chair, here she is talking about how she allows people to clap when the people she determines are “respectful.” But when the topic and the people speaking are folks she doesn’t want to hear from — in the case of the admonishments about rotating clappers for non clappers it was about rent control — she shuts down the applause.

She also turned off the microphone for speakers she disagreed with including teenagers agitating for rent control and a resident historian:

When called out about the differential treatment for a white man who had spoken earlier and this Black Alamedan, Trish Spencer gets defensive and huffy:

But this behavior and belief that some people are more worthy of being heard than others has not been left in the past by Trish Spencer. Even more recently than the heckling of a volunteer is Trish Spencer at the City Council meeting from Tuesday, lamenting how the people who speak at City Council meetings via Zoom are not the same as those that used to come to in person meetings:

Trish Spencer says:

“It is already hard for the members of the community to weigh in on — members of the community who we used to always hear from have not been able to be successful weighing in — it’s actually different people that we’re hearing from in our public meetings nowadays”

Of course we know who used to attend these meeting in person. They were largely white, wealthy, and retired folks; definitely not representative of Alameda as a whole. While most elected officials would applaud being able to expand the reach of the City Council and who is able to contribute to public comment, not Trish Spencer. Trish Spencer wants us, the audience, to hear from the same old, same old people who have always had access to the levers of government and that, somehow, those people not participating means that something is broken in the process. This echos what we previous heard years ago about “real Alamedans” made up of largely white, wealthy, and retired folks who are different than the rest of, us, illegitimate Alamedans. And of course “the community” vs “housing advocates” which, of course, the “housing advocates” were largely residents of Alameda aka “the community” but were dismissed as unimportant to the process and whose voices should be silenced or heckled.

5 Comments »

  1. Here’s an actual video of Trish and a couple of her cronies heckling a voter who was just walking by.

    .https://twitter.com/Jason___Biggs/status/1533856132673904642?t=RtzFAOmNKZC26wvxemOtGw&s=19

    Comment by JRB — June 10, 2022 @ 8:11 am

  2. so we have our own Marjorie Taylor Green right here in Alameda and she is on the city council to help destroy our local government.

    Comment by John P. — June 10, 2022 @ 11:07 am

  3. Can we have a proposition to vote her off the island? Maybe throw Carmen in there as an added bonus?

    Comment by Rod — June 10, 2022 @ 1:45 pm

    • Rod, I got a lot more names but that’s a good start.

      Comment by John P. — June 10, 2022 @ 2:59 pm

    • Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert right there.

      Comment by & Todd — June 14, 2022 @ 2:08 pm


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