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December 20, 2022

You’re gonna miss him when he’s gone

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

I wanted to take a small break among all of the blast from the past goodness to make sure that I recognized a real special member of this Alameda community. Today is the last day that John Knox White will be sitting on that City Council dais and Alameda’s City Council will be a lesser body without his presense.

Yes, I can feel some of you rolling your eyes but I can also feel a lot more of you nodding your heads in agreement so suck it eye rollers.

There have been few members of the City Council, at least in my recent memory, who has understood each and every issue that has come before the Council and didn’t bog down the meetings with useless questions. He respected the professional opinion of staff but, when necessary, pushed back when something didn’t make sense. These push backs were never part of an elaborate “gotcha” to try to trip up staff but to make sure that the decisions being made were in the best interest of Alamedans.

Most importantly of all he advocated for policy for the benefit of all Alamedans, particularly those that have never been actively engaged in the decision making process at the local governance level. That speaks to a real commitment to service and inclusion that many speak about but few actually live up to that promise when it’s time to take those votes.

So, thank you John Knox White for being so wonky, geeky, and giving this city your all. We didn’t deserve you, but you definitely deserve this much needed break.


  1. Indeed … Thank you John!
    Thank you for listening, discussing and considering various view points. Especially thankful for your honest feedback.
    You are exactly the type of representation that is needed. Gaining knowledge, remembering the ‘flow’ of the process and the path (with changes) items have taken to get before the Council, and then giving long term policy direction and votes.

    We indeed need more this style people involved in the boards, commissions and council that we have in Alameda.

    The best to you John, I’ll be raising a glass to you!

    Comment by Ron Mooney — December 20, 2022 @ 8:08 am

  2. JKW had an outsized influence on our town-all bad. Calling for a 42% cut in police services, forcing out Chief Rollieri by attempting to micro manage the police department, called citizens ignorant for voting down Measure Z, ignored voters in imposing stricter rent control, raised costs on all construction by requiring union work only, imposed lockdowns and the ineffective Covid policies, all while virtue signaling from the dais. The result was more crime, more traffic, more development and more closed businesses.

    You’re right. We didn’t deserve him.

    Comment by Good Swimmer — December 20, 2022 @ 8:09 am

    • If he managed to get your deplorable MAGA granny panties in this much of a bunch, Carol, that’s just the icing on the cake!

      Comment by Rod — December 21, 2022 @ 7:30 am

  3. I second what Ron said. What an invaluable asset JKW has been for Alameda and all the residents of Alameda. Thank you so very much, JKW!

    Comment by egelblock — December 20, 2022 @ 9:21 am

  4. You are so right that council will be a lesser body without him.

    Less defunding the police. Less ruinous changes to park & Webster. Less pompous stuck up attitude. Less money wasted on pointless pet causes. Less power for fire union. Less crime.

    This is a classic less-is-more case.

    Comment by James Lee — December 20, 2022 @ 9:58 am

  5. May we all do so much good, earning the hate of the worst among us. 👍

    Comment by Twirl on 'em — December 20, 2022 @ 10:24 am

  6. John will be deeply missed. So appreciate all he did to bring the light and the good to Alameda.

    Comment by Amy Rumberger — December 20, 2022 @ 4:30 pm

  7. I won’t miss him, but I do think he deserves kudos. Unlike many I think he was there for the right reasons. I even voted for him despite later disagreeing on key substantive issues. His orientation toward the job was the right one; IMHO he just got too caught in a particular present-day orthodoxy to be truly effective.

    Comment by RJS — December 21, 2022 @ 3:31 pm

    • present day orthodoxy = the Gospel According to St. John

      Comment by James Lee — December 21, 2022 @ 6:08 pm

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