Blogging Bayport Alameda

November 11, 2022


Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Have I ever mentioned how much I love how wonderfully engaged the folks who interact with the #alamtg are on Twitter. It’s probably the only reason why I won’t quit twitter despite its recent challenges. For months now I have been systematically blocking any account that I get fed a promoted ad. It’s taken a few months but I pretty much have zero ads right now on Twitter in my feed, it’s pretty glorious, I do get them sometimes when I click through to see a threaded conversation but those are easy enough to block as well.

A couple of days ago we all found out the the Fake Ass Dems (aka United Democrats of Alameda) were hosting a meeting that pitted two heavy weights on the Housing Element in a mano a mano battle for the soul of Alameda.

I mean, I get that the Fake Ass Dems only recently started paying attention to what’s going on in the City but, like, have a little bit of pride and maybe if you understood the work that went on around the Housing Element you would feel slightly embarrassed to (1) elevate Paul Foreman to the level of Andrew Thomas in understanding how the Housing Element works and (2) act like any of this is meaningful literally days before the City is going to certify the Housing Element which has already been deemed to be in compliance by HCD which is not anything to sneeze at.

Particularly you don’t necessarily want to elevate someone who is actively trying to harm the City by threatening a lawsuit to have the City change things within the Housing Element which would put it out of compliance.

Anyway if anyone can record the convo it would be much appreciated.

For one, ACT of which Paul Foreman is the official/unofficial/does it really matter head, has retained a lawyer and, apparently, some historic architecture person to try to force the City to perform an EIR:

The whole letter is, pretty much, based around this report which I’m pretty sure doesn’t hold the same weight of authority as the HCD but ACT is trying.

There’s a bit at the end to try to say “but the renters…” but I’m pretty sure if you were to draft up a Venn diagram of ACT folks and those who opposed rent stabilization there would be a nearly perfect overlap so I hope you will excuse me being very doubtful that ACT gives a shit about renters being displaced.

I mean, they literally signed the ballot argument against Measure M1, but sure, they’re all about renters:

Anyway, there shouldn’t be anything, barring a lawsuit, that can derail the Housing Element from being approved. I’m pretty sure that the deadline still applies from the state even if someone coughactcough decides to file a lawsuit.


  1. I’m surprised that Andrew Thomas would agree to do this. Not the discussion itself, but anything to do with “United Democrats.” The group is currently embroiled in a legal brouhaha with sanctioned Democratic clubs over the misuse of its name, so Andrew should give one a wide berth lest he accidentally makes them look official. Paul Foreman, though? This is probably right up his alley, getting some sort of legitimacy through a false equivalency forum to make it seem like his argument has equal merits. Narrator’s voice: “it doesn’t.”

    Comment by Reality — November 11, 2022 @ 7:25 am

  2. NIMBYs tried to go the demand an EIR/use CEQA route in a few cities to blow up the Housing Element and it hasn’t worked yet.

    Comment by zbowling — November 11, 2022 @ 7:32 am

  3. I wonder if Andrew Thomas, professional that he is, assumed that a group calling itself Democrats was in fact a Democratic group. Honest people don’t reflexively assuming lies, manipulation, and a lack of integrity.

    Comment by Be real Paul — November 11, 2022 @ 8:10 am

  4. I am not surprised that Andrew is up to discussing the HE again. I attended one he did a couple months back (not the BFI one), and he does a good job with laying out the need and the plan.
    He doesn’t appear to get vexed by the ‘Just NO’ crowd, he lets them vent and then lays out the facts.
    I laughed the other day when I read somewhere that the council will be considering ‘Andrew Thomas’ PERSONAL Housing Element’ plan and it needed to be opposed. OMG, we are so lucky to have a PROFESSIONAL in this job at City Hall …
    These close minded people have no idea the level of work he brings and the discussions he is willing to have, they are no … no more building at all in Alameda … shame …

    Comment by Ron Mooney — November 11, 2022 @ 8:31 am

  5. So, was it taped? I’d be interested in listening. It appears to be billed as a debate, was it? I’ve long since given up wondering why a person of AT’s caliber has stayed here, unless he’s still got a kid in school. But I’m thankful. Like Mark Hanna, if you do your homework, AT is a dream to work with. Unlike MH, he’s good if you don’t too.

    Comment by Li_ — November 11, 2022 @ 9:16 am

  6. The meeting has been cancelled or postponed. Per their web site, “UPDATE (11/11/22): Please note Andrew Thomas cannot attend the meeting as planned. We look forward to scheduling another time with him.”

    Who is “former judge Paul Foreman?” What is his background and professional training? Is it relevant to the Housing element? It is helpful to get background information about folks like Andrew and Paul. Although Paul shows up a lot as “former judge” his professional history and education is not readily available.

    Per a quick scan of “United Democrats of Alameda,” interestingly, it is registered in the State of California by a “Food Safety/ Quality Assurance | Food Product Development | Bakery Management | Food Technologist | Project Manager” (that’s a mouthful) at an address that looks like it might have an ADU on Google street view.

    Comment by still pro-wellness center — November 11, 2022 @ 10:43 am

    • Paul Foreman is the best of the worst. No one in that NIMBY camp is even remotely qualified to speak on the housing element, but at least Paul gives their position some veneer of authority even though he is not a housing expert. We see this often in Alameda. Need an expert on Open Government law? Paul Foreman. Need an expert on housing compliance? Paul Foreman. Need an expert on the Brown Act? Paul Foreman. Need an expert to combat homeless services? Paul Foreman. Need an expert to fight rent control? Paul Foreman. He has far too much time and none of it has been to Alameda’s benefit.

      Comment by NIMBYs Gonna NIMBY — November 11, 2022 @ 4:23 pm

      • Okay, and who is he and what are his qualifications? I can’t find any record of a Judge Paul Foreman. There is someone who has been licensed as an attorney for 58 years, last in San Francisco at the Community Alliance for Special Education.

        Comment by Who is Paul Foreman? — November 13, 2022 @ 7:10 pm

  7. Today’s issue of the Alameda Post weekly newsletter contained a very large ad from the Alameda Citizens Task Force urging people to sign a petition to ask the city council to reject the housing element. I clicked on the link out of curiosity (did not sign, obviously!) and hoo boy, talk about a who’s who of NIMBY Alameda.

    Comment by trow125 — November 11, 2022 @ 11:12 am

    • I signed, as Haywood Jablowme. They deleted my snarky comment about fucking around and finding out, but honestly, they should try that. Builders Remedy works for me too!

      Comment by Rod — November 11, 2022 @ 2:17 pm

  8. Totally different kind of question here: I joined Twitter specifically to follow the #alamtg discussion. . . But I can’t be part of the Musk Meltdown. Facebook doesn’t seem like a reasonable substitute- is there an Alameda Mastodon? Any other ideas? The dearth of good local news, present blog excepted, STINKS.

    Comment by HatesChange — November 18, 2022 @ 10:14 am

    • Folks are using the #alamtg on Mastodon, I haven’t played around much with it yet but it’s an interesting fresh start.

      Comment by Lauren Do — November 18, 2022 @ 10:17 am

    • The Musk Meltdown is entertaining AF though! Try dipping your toes in. I challenge you not to giggle at least once.

      Comment by Rod — November 18, 2022 @ 2:26 pm

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