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August 18, 2022

So this is it

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

The final list people, these are you candidates for 2022:

There was a late addition on Tuesday (which we didn’t get to see until Wednesday) which would have made the list more…interesting:

But in the end both Rasheed Shabazz and Amos White chose not to file leaving the field a bit tighter but still an interesting mix of candidates for the City Council.

As you can guess the Mayor’s race is pretty straight forward. It’s another head to head without the viable third candidate (sorry Barack Obama Shaw) in the mix. Bay Farm and assorted NIMBY groups will have quite a conundrum who to vote for between their two HOA officers: Paul Beusterien and Bill Pai and, of course their old reliable Tony Daysog.

Tracy Jensen who has been quietly biding time on the Hospital Board hasn’t really weighed in on City specific issues recently so it will be interesting to see where she lands on Alameda’s political spectrum. If Tracy Jensen is not successful she will also be off the Hospital Board as well as she elected to not run (word is her life partner did qualify for the ballot though) and instead chose to try her hand, once again, at the City Council. My guess is that she’ll shoot for somewhere in the middle given that both ends of that political spectrum are already represented.

Jim Oddie will be holding down the more progressive end of the political spectrum and, as we know, can be reliably counted on to support policies that move Alameda forward. With time and some distance and the lack of a Rorschach candidate to muddy the progressive waters Jim Oddie should perform better as long as he puts in the work of door knocking that Alamedans really value.

The candidate with the most mystique surround them (after Barack Obama Shaw naturally) is Hannah Groce who, I’m told, is really smart and will lean progressive. She did sit on the one of the police reform and racial equity subcommittees, specially the Systemic and Community Racism/Anti-Racism one, so there’s a a solid example of the type of energy she’ll bring to the City Council. Plus I think she’s much younger than the majority of the candidates which is always needed on the City Council.

You’ll be hearing a lot of all these folks moving forward, be prepared for election (and mailer) season Alameda!


  1. Jim Oddie will be holding down the more progressive end of the political spectrum and, as we know, can be reliably counted on to support policies that move Alameda forward.


    I commend the resolve it took to type that with a straight face.

    Comment by dave — August 18, 2022 @ 6:13 am

    • Hmm, why’s that? He’s been a loud voice on police accountability, tough fighter on rent control, campaigned heavily for the homeless project, advocated a lot of the street safety redesign projects and bike paths, very much pro-housing. He’s incredibly progressive and not shy about it, unlike that Rorschach candidate Amos White.

      Comment by Election Season Already? — August 18, 2022 @ 7:05 am

      • Blah,blah blah….

        Oddie was defeated the last election cycle because he tried to strong arm the city manager on behalf of the Fire union and got caught by the Grand Jury. He fought against the release of the tape implicating him, and then asked the taxpayers to pay his $63,000 legal bill.

        Does this sound like city council material to you, really?

        Comment by Mirror — August 18, 2022 @ 7:33 am

        • You’re forgetting that Oddie did snag the 3rd seat in 2018, months after the Keimach drama. Seems Alameda is pretty okay with him. He narrowly lost in 2020 because of Amos splitting progressive votes.

          Comment by NeverTrish — August 18, 2022 @ 8:42 am

        • Yup, and soon after the city manager fire chief debacle, he pushed opening a new deputy chief position that struck me as suspicious. To me, his weakness is a feeling he is in the firefighter union’s pocket. I listened to the recording twice, second time while reading the transcript. It was bad when considering the resume of the person he was supporting for Chief compared to the person who got it. Huge gap is an understatement.

          On the other hand, that same recording had some interesting chit-chat between Milia and Jim before Jill came in. A tenant at a Housing Authority complex had a problem. They were trying to better understand the issue and what they could do to help. Lazy Tony would have said, “So, why are you telling me?” and Trish Scrooge would be conniving a way to use this person’s problem to her own advantage.

          What impressed me most about Oddie was the thoughtful way in which he discussed key issues during council meetings. He had a good way of listening and understanding both sides of an issue and trying to find the right balance between various sides. He avoided the righteous indignation so many progressives exhibit. He is a working progressive, not a platitude progressive.

          Ultimately, Oddie’s fire fighter union proclivity is a wart. Folks like Daysog, Spenser and the Harbor Bay HOA twins are a cancer.

          Comment by pro-wellness center — August 18, 2022 @ 9:55 am

        • pro-wellness center – well said. I wish Jim didn’t have to feel that he needs to go to bat heavily for the fire union, because he’s so great at everything else. I also caught that on the audio tape, the banter between Malia and Jim. Very smart and capable, very cognizant of funding issues facing the city. He could do great in politics if he’d just watch himself a bit more. John McCain was tainted by Keating Five very early on, but was persistent, learned from that, and overcame his early missteps to have a long and illustrative political career.

          Comment by NeverTrish — August 18, 2022 @ 10:12 am

        • Why does the Fire Union push Jim Oddie? Was Hunter Biden unavailable?

          Comment by Spin Diesel — August 18, 2022 @ 10:18 am

        • FDR said it best:

          “He may be an SOB, but he is our SOB.”

          Comment by Dr. X — August 18, 2022 @ 10:28 am

        • If you’re asking why the fire union is very politically active, you can thank the anti-union folks for that. I believe it was around the time of Ann Marie Gallant as the city manager when the city put together a very flawed assessment report that concluded we have more firefighters than needed for a city of our size. Based on that, there was a significant reduction in force and the closure of a fire station. Not a great time in the city, poor decisions and mismanagement. The fire union decided, “never again” and become politically active to protect themselves from bad leadership. That report was incredibly flawed, it basically copied an identical report for the city of Lake Havasu and you could even see where they forgot to swap out “Lake Havasu” for “Alameda.”

          You can read about it in this old Lauren Do Blog post:

          Comment by Common Sense — August 18, 2022 @ 11:33 am

  2. So Trish’s City Council term lasts until 2024. How many council members are we voting for? Is it two if she loses the Mayor’s race (because she’ll have two more years in her term) and three members if she wins?

    Comment by egelblock — August 18, 2022 @ 6:15 am

    • We’re only voting for two, but if Trish Spencer wins the third place finisher will complete out Trish Spencer’s term.

      Comment by Lauren Do — August 18, 2022 @ 6:37 am

    • It’s 3. Malia hit her term limit. Tony & John’s seats are in play and John chose not to run again. When Trish inevitably loses the mayor’s race, she keeps her council seat.

      Comment by Rod — August 18, 2022 @ 6:44 am

      • Malia term ends in 2024.

        Comment by Mike McMahon — August 18, 2022 @ 6:46 am

      • Term limits? Why do we have Tony for 3 or 4 terms…Maybe if you waffle or abstain on issues then that term it doesn’t count?

        Comment by But who’s counting — August 18, 2022 @ 7:09 am

        • Thanks, Mike! And Phew!

          The term limits are two CONSECUTIVE terms. Which is why we are perpetually stuck with Tony.

          Comment by Rod — August 18, 2022 @ 7:20 am

    • You are voting two City Council members. Like in 2018, when Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft won the Mayor race, her unexpired two year term was filled by the third place finisher in the City Council race (Jim Oddie).

      Comment by Mike McMahon — August 18, 2022 @ 6:45 am

  3. Linkedin entry for Hannah Groce who lives in Alameda

    Fellow – Partnership for the Bay’s Future
    Co-Founder & Director of Development – The Hip Hop Education Project
    Pathways to Equity Fellow – Open Architecture Collaborative · Apprenticeship
    Specialist – The Housing Authority of the City of Alameda
    RSC – Oakland Housing Authority
    Business Development – Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education
    Academic and Business Program Manager – BUILD
    Harriet Newhall – Mount Holyoke College
    Program Assistant – Girls Incorporated

    Mount Holyoke College – Bachelor of Arts, Classics/African American Studies
    Howard University, B.A. – Classics-Greek

    Comment by pro-wellness center — August 18, 2022 @ 9:14 am

    • Pro-Wellness Center, how did the Chief that Jill Keimach selected work out? No different than two of the other Fire Chiefs selected from outside the Fire Department. Three of the four Fire Chiefs were either fired or left under questionable circumstances.

      Comment by DC — August 18, 2022 @ 1:39 pm

  4. Linkedin entry for Tracy Jensen

    Director – Association of California Healthcare Districts
    Trustee – Alameda Health System
    Director – City of Alameda HealthCare District
    Director – Elder Care Alliance
    Board Member – Alameda County Community Food Bank
    Director – Alameda County Community Food Bank
    Trustee – Alameda Unified School District
    Policy Coordinator – Vice President Al Gore
    Medicare Policy Analyst – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

    Emory University – MBA & MPH, Public Health Economics
    California State University – B.S., Public Administration

    Comment by pro-wellness center — August 18, 2022 @ 10:31 am

  5. Pro-Wellness Center, how did the Chieh that Jill Keimach work out? Nob different than two of the other Fire Chiefs selected from outside the Fire Department. Three of the four Fire Chiefs were either fired or left under questionable circumstances.

    Comment by DC — August 18, 2022 @ 1:34 pm

  6. Ashcraft should win easily. She beat Trish by 1,400 votes last time, with Matarrese’s 6,000 votes splitting mostly from Ashcraft. Having him out of the equation should only drive up that margin. On top of that, you have a lot of undecideds who will ultimately lean towards Ashcraft because that would keep both Ashcraft and Trish on council. Undecided people will not want to remove Ashcraft altogether and risk an unknown new councilmember taking that third seat. Besides, we have Trish on record saying councilmembers have equal power as the mayor, which is a remarkable slip-up for someone running for mayor.

    Comment by JRB — August 18, 2022 @ 6:15 pm

  7. I like Jim Oddie, I guess I need to learn more about Tracy Jensen and Hannah Groce. Poor Pai and Paul their names are closely related to Pailin.

    Comment by Joe — August 18, 2022 @ 10:04 pm

  8. I started thinking about Trish, why does she want to be mayor again after she just ran for City Counsel? I have never voted for her and don’t intend to this time either, but she ran for School Board and didn’t finish her term, and now for Mayor and doesn’t want to finish her term. It seems as if she is someone who is always looking for something better before she finishes what she started. When you make a commitment to the people who voted for you, you should complete what you started and focus on that, not the next position. I personally thought she was a terrible mayor and she barely got enough votes to be on the City Counsel. I have to wonder what is her end game.

    Comment by Joe — August 19, 2022 @ 11:06 am

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