Blogging Bayport Alameda

September 23, 2022

One direction

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

So here’s a fun bit to end the week, Trish Spencer held her Mayoral kickoff yesterday on Bay Farm because, well, that was the one area of Alameda that Trish Spencer did really well in the last time she ran for Mayor against Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. Combined with her defacto crowning by the Harbor Bay HOA aristocracy and, well, why wouldn’t she be concentrating her efforts on retaining the Bay Farm crowd. The choice to select a location which is technically city owned property is a choice in itself. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone use publicly owned land for campaign purposes before but even if this is not okay it feels like no one cares.

Anyway, I found Trish Spencer’s newest tagline to be really interesting. “Correct Alameda’s Direction” It’s not too far from “Make Alameda Great Again” but that would have been too on the nose eh?

Not sure why “common sense” is all one blended word but you know that lady has no traffic solutions, common sense or otherwise that doesn’t involve making it easier for cars to go as fast as they want from point a to point b. Like these are super fun buzzwords from Trish Spencer but, in the end, it’s meaningless when “safe neighborhoods” ends up being “give cops what they want”, “safety over privacy,” and “when will homeless people stop existing.” (By the way Tony Daysog said “unwed teen moms” on Tuesday night again.)

Smart Growth really just means no growth to Trish Spencer and if she had to choose then put it at Alameda Point, but she was against SunCal donchaknow.

Anyway I should post this list of videos whenever I write about Trish Spencer so people understand that Trish Spencer is more than just that super fun lady they run across at public event and ribbon cuttings that she, rarely, takes the positive step to move Alameda forward whenever confronted with the vote to do so. She’ll rarely vote to protect the vulnerable and voiceless population in Alameda. And if you’re okay with that then *shrug* she’s your lady.

Oh yeah and here is Trish Spencer, once again, saying declaring that that a subcommittee comprised of three Black Alamedans is “not representative of the community.”

14 Comments »

  1. If I have one regret, it was not being on one of the Community Led Steering Committees that took the lead in Police Reform and Racial Equity in Alameda. As an African American resident of Alameda, I regret not being on one of those very important committees.

    It was happening during a health crisis in my family. My sister had been diagnosed with cancer and was scheduled to have emergency surgery. After losing both of my parents – and being the eldest sister in my family, I prioritized my family during this time. I made the right decision for my family.

    In context, these committees were created during a very difficult time for African Americans and brown people in our community. After the death of George Floyd – and the local Dancing in the Street episode, and the tragic death of Mario Gonzalez, we were at a turning point.

    That our Mayor, and council member John Knox White and Vice Mayor Malia Vella understood this – and took the lead in creating community led committees to recommend police reforms – I am grateful. It was empowering for our community.

    We are part of this community, not second class citizens – and our voice, just like the Asian community in Alameda, is an important voice and should be respected and heard.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 23, 2022 @ 8:28 am

  2. I’d also like to comment on Tony Daysog’s “unwed teen moms” comment.

    It’s a subject that doesn’t come up often – until lately. Why? Because as a nation we prefer not to hear or talk about it. But the reversal of Roe vs Wade has brought this subject out in the open. Unfortunately, it happens and not talking about it doesn’t make it go away.

    Young girls that were raped or are victims of incest being forced into motherhood at a young age – as early as eleven or twelve years old — is a tragedy.

    And teenage girls in the middle of trying to graduate from high school, finding themselves pregnant with no parent to help them or look after them — is also a tragedy.

    A home for girls that find themselves in this position, coupled with resources to help them care for their child that will allow them to finish school would be life-changing. It would also be a safe place for healing if they are victims of rape.

    So, when Tony Daysog mentioned creating an unwed teen mom’s home as the fourth home at Alameda Point – my heart melted. Thank you council member Tony Daysog.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 23, 2022 @ 9:17 am

    • Just to be clear, Tony Daysog didn’t want to create an additional home for unwed teen moms, he only wanted the units to go to unwed teen moms and not other unhoused people.

      Comment by Lauren Do — September 23, 2022 @ 9:30 am

      • Yes, a home just for unwed teen moms — some who have experienced rape or incest. These girls have special needs and need a safe place — a refuge to care for their child and to heal.

        Comment by Karen Bey — September 23, 2022 @ 9:41 am

        • I’m not saying it’s not a noble cause, I’m saying that Tony Daysog was using “unwed teen moms” to supplant the population of folks who also need the housing and who he has decided are less palatable neighbors: single adults.

          Comment by Lauren Do — September 23, 2022 @ 9:50 am

    • Get your facts straight. Teen girls in California have more access to abortion than any other state.

      The tragedy is the open border human trafficking of young girls by Mexican cartels. These teens pay for their passage with sexual services.

      Comment by Common Sense — September 23, 2022 @ 12:07 pm

  3. Just for the record, some of these girls are unhoused due to neglect or sexual abuse. Again, I’m thankful to Tony Day for recognizing this overlooked population.

    There is no right or wrong here — just a difference of opinion.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 23, 2022 @ 10:09 am

    • But we don’t overlook this population. Building Futures with Women and Children accommodates that population in Alameda. The real gap in services we have is for single adults, usually male.

      Comment by Lauren Do — September 23, 2022 @ 10:38 am

    • The problem is Tony Daysog is pitting unwed teen moms against everyone else. We saw the same thing during the wellness center debate, the opposition claimed we shouldn’t help homeless people because it would be taking money away from the animal shelter, the food bank, etc. It’s an ugly, nasty, and intellectually dishonest tool, some kind of oppression Olympics.

      Comment by JRB — September 23, 2022 @ 11:33 am

      • The McKay project makes a special accommodation for seniors that are unhoused. The community never felt you were pitting seniors against others that are unhoused. The seniors have special needs as well.

        Just trying to stay positive here — there are a number of needs out there.

        Comment by Karen Bey — September 23, 2022 @ 12:01 pm

  4. sorry – meant to say Tony Daysog not Tony Day

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 23, 2022 @ 10:12 am

  5. My recollection was that in an effort in outreach, the city tried to keep it a community of families at the request of the AP community. They had concerns about safety. I believe Tony’s suggestion was in light of their request to keep it a community of families. Perhaps Building Futures could do a swap — if it would solve the issue. Just a thought.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 23, 2022 @ 11:01 am

  6. Trish Making Alameda Great Again.

    Comment by Trumpers for Trish — September 23, 2022 @ 2:43 pm


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