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May 16, 2023

Another bite

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:13 am

I’m pretty sure Trish Spencer gets the majority of her Council Referral ideas from Alameda Citizens Task Force so it’s weird that she attached a letter to only one of her three Referrals on the agenda tonight. The “oh no we shouldn’t be holding police officers accountable” agenda item we’ve already discussed. But there’s the absolutely hilarious one which asks that the City Council endorse the failed Our Neighborhood Voices campaign’s transformation into “CA Cities for Local Control” efforts to stop the effects of state legislation locally and return cities to its original state of not having to build anything where at least one person in the city doesn’t want it.

This is the framing of CA Cities for Local Control, now remember, I don’t think there have been any SB 9 (lot split) applications in Alameda even though it was being framed as the doom of nice cities everywhere.

What they mean by an “attack on Cities ability to manage their own land-use and zoning” is, oh the State is no longer going to turn a blind eye as we deny every single housing project under the absurdest pretense in order to shirk our duty to provide housing for Californians. Remember there was a prominent Alameda who was one of the largest funders to the Our Neighborhood Voices campaign, so big in comparison to all other funders that she had to be identified, by name, on the campaign literature. So this NIMBY campaign has some homegrown roots.

And there’s ya girl sitting atop a list of elected officials who also want to stymie housing production, I mean, “local control” which is populated by a disproportionate number of Republican considering, you know, it’s California.

Interesting that Tony Daysog has yet to sign up for this list. Maybe it’s his congressional aspirations holding him back from revealing himself to be full NIMBY at this time, who knows.

Oh and then there’s this Referral which wants to bring back, essentially, unlimited speaking time again for Consent items on the agenda which, please no. It’s bad enough that consent items which are normal business-y items can be pulled en masse. I remember one meeting where one Councilmember pulled nearly all the consent items and literally NO regular business was conducted that night. That’s not right. Just because some Councilpeople want to use the second reading of an item as another bite at the apple to try to tank normal business does not mean that desire should be accommodated. Th rules are very simple. If you, member of the public, want to speak on a consent item, put in a speaker slip on the item. You will be called, the item will be pulled. Here’s how Trish Spencer or someone from Alameda Citizens Task Force framed this:

And these are 5-J, 5-K, and 5-L:

Just so we’re clear, the Legislative agenda had a full public hearing on April 4.

The Bay 37 consent item was the final passage, which means it had a full hearing both at the Planning Board and the City Council already.

Webster St BIA was heard on April 18 which was also when Park St BIA was heard with time for the public to speak their full two minutes on each item separately.

And the CDBG item was heard at the Social Services Human Relations Board in December 2022 and earlier this year by the City Council.

So, essentially, this agenda item is for people telling on themselves that they don’t pay attention to any other Board or Commission or any of the regular agenda items until it gets to the consent calendar where they want to cry foul that they hadn’t been given a chance to provide public comment because they deserve mind reading and hand holding from city staff.


  1. The Gull’s Call is the quarterly magazine published by and circulated to all residents and owners in the Community of Harbor Bay Isle. It goes to a big chunk of Alameda voters. Not long ago they published an “editorial” submitted by a resident supporting Our Neighborhood Voices. In addition to being misleading and flat wrong, its purpose was inappropriate for our HOA publication. When asked about it, the community manager responded, “The submitted version was much worse. We cleaned it up.” They polished a turd.

    I considered writing a response, but that would have been hypocritical if I think the Gull’s Call is not the place to voice divisive political views. Hopefully our (normally very competent) community management came to the same conclusion.

    Comment by FBT — May 16, 2023 @ 7:03 am

    • Trying to figure out why anyone would get upset about an “editorial” which by its nature is an opinion. Shouldn’t an adult be able to balance an opposing point of view without calling for censorship?

      And on the issue of limiting free speech….I’m against it. We live in an era of severe government censorship, the extent of which was revealed only because Elon Musk bought Twitter. Censoring, banning, and limiting discussion are unAmerican acts antithetical to our First amendment with devastating effects for our Nation.

      Let the people speak even if they say things you don’t want to hear.

      Comment by Speak Up — May 16, 2023 @ 11:14 am

      • The Gull’s Call has a purpose, and that purpose is not to argue politics. Musk can tweet his antisemitic racist rhetoric s much as he likes.

        Comment by FBT — May 16, 2023 @ 1:31 pm

      • Nice to know that you’re the type of person to defend swastikas and nooses around Alameda because we should “Let the people speak even if they say things you don’t want to hear.”

        Comment by Lauren Do — May 16, 2023 @ 2:36 pm

        • “Great” point- 6.5 million illegal immigrants from over 160 countries who just crossed our border snuck into “Nazi” /Klan Germany….

          Comment by Speak Up — May 16, 2023 @ 5:04 pm

        • Sorry, we all don’t follow right wing crazy talking points as closely as you do, you’re going to have to disengage from your conspiracy speak to talk to regular Alamedans who aren’t spending their lives exchanging ideas with MagaMOMQsentme2002.

          Comment by Lauren Do — May 16, 2023 @ 5:30 pm

        • Intolerant Alameda leftists like Lauren Do are more aptly represented by swastikas and nooses these days.

          Comment by Brian Kennedy — May 24, 2023 @ 7:08 pm

      • Because leftist loons in Alameda hate free speech.

        Comment by Brian Kennedy — May 24, 2023 @ 7:10 pm

  2. Trish Spencer has been publicly pushing for a 3rd vote on ALPRs on NextDoor, and naming the new councilmember by name who could be persuaded for that 3rd vote. Surely that is a Brown Act violation.

    Comment by Bay Farm Trumpers For Trish — May 16, 2023 @ 8:51 am

    • Perhaps an Open Government Commission complaint is in order? And don’t call me Shirley!

      Comment by Rod — May 16, 2023 @ 9:01 am

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