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September 7, 2022

Watching the “watchdogs”

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Here’s where A Better Alameda’s new and improved PAC “name change” may run into possible pit falls. So remember that the committee was supporting Trish Spencer, Tony Daysog, and Bill Pai. But it also was opposing, by name, all the other candidates not named Trish Spencer, Tony Daysog, and/or Bill Pai:

Which means that even though they are now supporting Paul Beusterien at one point they did not. And during that one point that they did not they collected money and were fundraising for a PAC which would oppose him, by name. So far, $5000 was brought into ABA PAC to oppose Paul Beusterien’s run for City Council.

It would appear as though it would be very inappropriate to use funds which were contributed to oppose Paul Beusterien to now support him just because ABA decided to change course on who to support for the City Council. It would be like if someone said they were going to fundraise to support the school bond measure and then decided that they were going to send out campaign materials to oppose the school bond measure.

I’m not sure how ABA is going to be able to separate out the “for Paul B” money from the “against Paul B $5000.” But I’m sure that a group which is tied to a “watchdog” organization would want to make sure that they’re following the letter of the law. And, after all, ABA itself wants to make sure everyone knows how to check where campaign money is coming from.

What’s also interesting is that ABA is now only opposing Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Jim Oddie in case, I guess, one of their named candidates also withdraws and they don’t have to change their committee name again to support someone else.


  1. Can’t wait for ABA-ACT to slowly fade away. They’re no good for this city, standing in the way of progress every time and not being cognizant of the needs of the next generation. Tip: if the average age of your membership goes up and never down or flat, you have a representation problem.

    Comment by A Better Alamedan — September 7, 2022 @ 6:50 am

  2. The Rayla Graber listed on the form is a funder of Our Neighborhood Voices, an organization trying to get an extreme-ultra-NIMBY proposition on the California ballot. Her name is all over their web site asking for money.

    Incidentally, the Harbor Bay Isle Community has a slick magazine, The Gull’s Call. It had a lead editorial voicing support for Our Neighborhood Voices to protect Harbor Bay Isle from YIMBY evil scourges and threats. You may remember Paul Beusterien is Vice President of that community and in that capacity Beusterien signed an official NIMBY letter to the city along with Bill Pai. That editorial was sent to every household in Harbor Bay Isle.

    Oddly, that one issue of The Gull’s Call has disappeared from the electronic record on the Harbor Bay Isle web site.

    Comment by NIMBY Rayla Graber — September 7, 2022 @ 8:11 am

  3. It isn’t a surprise Dorthy Freemon donated. She is always complaining about something, but at least she is putting money behind her words. It is most likely a waste of money but she like everyone else is entitled to their opinion and voice.

    Comment by Joe — September 9, 2022 @ 9:47 am

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