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November 15, 2022

Policy setting

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:10 am

Tonight, on the heels of, what should be, a blow out victory for Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft over Councilmember Trish Spencer, who, as people noted at the last City Council meeting, may have been feeling a little too confident about the possibility of running meetings again will be an amazingly awkward meeting. Add to that layer of drama is the big job in front of this Council as well with the final adoption of the Housing Element. I could remind everyone what is at stake here but if you’re following the news anywhere in SoCal about the “builders remedy” you will immediately know what I’m talking about and that’s even before the state starts opening up its package of sticks.

The only change between now and when the new Council is seated is John Knox White won’t be there and his seat is looking like it will be filled by Tracy Jensen who has already said she would not change the Housing Element, so if ACT or the Fake Ass Dems or AAPS want to say something like “wait for the new Council” that’s just a delay tactic.

If you’re interested in WHY ACT is so wrong about their analysis no less than two smart folks have broken down the problem with his argument on Twitter:

Just as a side note, the package of correspondence is a wonderful demonstration of why public comments on controversial policy and development related issues is skewed to those who already have privilege in the community. It’s always people who want everything to be exactly the same and people who would benefit from the policies are never heard because either they don’t know about this or because they’re not here.

Also on the agenda is the Guaranteed Basic Income pilot. Recall that one Councilperson recently ran for mayor on a platform of being a “compassionate” leader. We’ll see if that extends to helping 150 of Alameda’s most economically vulnerable families through a program which has shown effectiveness in other communities. Another Councilperson ran on making City Council “responsive” to changing needs of the community. We’ll see if that responsiveness extends to poor families.

Definitely a must watch episode of the City Council meeting.


  1. It’s gonna be a long day

    Comment by zbowling — November 15, 2022 @ 6:30 am

  2. If you want to write council asking them to adopt the housing element, I made a tool to do that.

    Comment by zbowling — November 15, 2022 @ 8:12 am

    • This is awesome, but I have a question… will the street address be going into the letters in the public record? Given the weaponization of PRA requests by the folks who chronically oppose these things, I wouldn’t be comfortable with that, and I see it’s a required field. I’d prefer it if they at least had to use google if they wanted to dox us!

      Comment by Rod — November 15, 2022 @ 9:22 am

  3. Approve all the housing you want, but:

    Fact: Building more housing will not drive down the cost of either rentals or single family homes in Alameda due to high construction costs, land values and rising mortgage rates as a result of the current federal monetary and energy policies. But it will make builders wealthier and politicians campaign contributions increase.

    Comment by Common Sense — November 15, 2022 @ 9:19 am

    • Approve all the housing you want


      Comment by Lauren Do — November 15, 2022 @ 9:33 am

    • What are you saying then we do? Because that’s nowhere near true.

      But even if it were true, regardless, it doesn’t change the fact that continuing to not allow for enough housing to be built to meet demand will absolutely continue to drive up the cost of housing even faster.

      Comment by zbowling — November 15, 2022 @ 4:17 pm

  4. I’m not ruling out Hannah Groce yet! Over 50% of Alameda votes have not yet been counted according to the Alameda Post article published yesterday.

    Comment by activelyAntiracist — November 15, 2022 @ 12:05 pm

    • so if Odie didn’t run we might have Hanna Groce for a young new council member.

      Comment by John P. — November 15, 2022 @ 2:30 pm

      • An interesting thought experiment and no real counter factual to be found. In the end, name recognition of Tracy having run in numerous elections for school board and city council (two prior attempts) ends up being the difference. Certainly would have been closer but in two years certainly a possibility.

        Comment by Mike McMahon — November 15, 2022 @ 4:42 pm

    • Being behind by 1200 votes is too large a gap to make up. After the first release of votes on Tuesday night, 9000 ballots have been processed and Hannah gained 1 vote on Tracy Jensen.

      Comment by Mike McMahon — November 15, 2022 @ 4:38 pm

      • Mike, I have to wonder where would all of Odies votes gone,?

        Comment by John P. — November 15, 2022 @ 6:32 pm

        • Interesting question … my guess is it might have made it tighter but Tracy still wins.
          Of course no exit polling to rely on, but I am thinking name recognition and ballot position was huge. But of course that is because I am scratching my head with the amount of votes for Tony vs Paul – and kinda conclude this was a ‘we like the current direction’ result.

          Comment by Ron Mooney — November 16, 2022 @ 7:25 am

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