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January 17, 2023

Broken clocks

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

It’s nice that broken clock can be right once in a while, in the case of Tony Daysog and Trish Spencer — for once — they actually have Council Referrals that would be promising to move into the main City Council agenda for discussion. And, no, I’m not referencing the holiday celebration one from Trish Spencer.

Trish Spencer is asking for a “review” to offer Narcan machines. It’s not clear if she’s asking the City to pay for it or where they will be located but I think the discussion is important to have. I’m a big fan of harm reduction and anything that can save a life is important to support. Maybe we can go one step further and do what New York City is doing (referenced in one of the links provided by Trish Spencer) and have a more robust public health vending machine with safe sex kits, sterile syringes, and toiletries.

Here’s a video of a more robust vending machine in Tulsa Oklahoma:

Then Tony Daysog is proposing to “Start a Process to Modify the City Charter to Increase the City Council to Have Seven Members” which is not a terrible proposition but it probably should have been phrased as having staff do a review or something. While this is not the ranked choice voting thing that some folks have been pushing hard for, it may open up the City Council a bit wider than having the same seven people constantly running for City Council. Or it may just be more chaotic, I don’t know, but I would like to see an assessment on how something like this could work.


  1. All first responders have Narcan to address ODs.

    But would you also support closing the border to stop the mules running fentanyl in to our country and sanctioning China for selling the ingredients to the Mexican cartels used to manufacture fentanyl which kills over 100,000 Americans per year?

    Seems to me a vending machine with narcan and needles would draw drug users/criminals and drug dealers and their teenage customers like SF’s disastrous experiment with “safe use” sites. Is that what we want in Alameda?

    Comment by Real Observer — January 17, 2023 @ 8:28 am

    • Trish Spencer wants them.

      Comment by Lauren Do — January 17, 2023 @ 8:54 am

      • If they offer free weed, she’ll dance in the street until she gets her way.

        Comment by Sleepy Moe — January 17, 2023 @ 9:48 am

  2. Is this proposal in response to an identified issue on campus, or is it precautionary? If the former, is there more in the works than the possibility of a report on these vending machines?

    Comment by RJS — January 18, 2023 @ 3:43 pm

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