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December 1, 2022

5 1/2 minute hallway

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

I was watching a portion of the November City Council meeting again and ran across this exchange which I hadn’t viewed because I started watching the City Council meeting late.

To set up the context, the City Council was voting on whether to move forward with returning in person for meetings and/or put a hybrid model of participation into place because apparently some people have difficulty participating via Zoom even though there’s also a dial in method which is no different than joining an audio conference call. Anyway, at one point Trish Spencer decided to announce in a brilliant “a ha” move that she would make clear that three City Councilmembers were already technically in City Hall just in different and separate rooms from one another and said she was looking forward to joining in person from “down the hall” which made it sound like she was going to continue joining in remotely from a different room while she expected everyone else to be on the dais.

When Councilmember John Knox White attempted to clarify this bit she got a little upset but she had said something along the lines previously so you can see where the need for clarification was. When further asked if she would commit to meeting in person going forward she balked and conditioned her return on being “available” and that the option to dial in remotely has always been available. So the answer was still, from Trish Spencer, was “it depends” but you all need to be in person.

Anyway, as we come up on this next meeting where we know the results of the election, definitively, I wonder how Tony “elections have consequences” Daysog will proceed. Recall that after Trish Spencer was elected as Mayor Tony Daysog used this rationale to make all sorts of terrible rubber stamp-y votes and excuses to bolster Trish Spencer. It will be interesting to see how (or if) he pivots given the absolute shellacking of Trish Spencer and if elections do indeed have consequences or, if as usual, Tony Daysog uses any shitty reason to justify his terrible governance.


  1. Somehow Biden can meet today in person and without a mask with the President of France and his wife, millions can gather to watch the NFL and the World Cup and travel across California, while countless more millions stream across our border, but our local City council cannot meet in person. What a farce.

    Comment by Observer — December 1, 2022 @ 7:58 am

    • Ask Trish Spencer to commit to doing it. Sounds like she’s holding everything up because she wants to have the option to sit in a conference room rather than the dais.

      Comment by Lauren Do — December 1, 2022 @ 9:17 am

  2. She can wear a mask if she chooses. It seems like she is throwing a temper tantrum because she got walloped in the election.

    Comment by Gage — December 2, 2022 @ 10:23 am

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