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October 7, 2021

Credit where it’s not due

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Hat tip to #alamtg twitter for this one, but file this one under: “the audacity of this dude.”

Apparently Tony Daysog has a 2018 – 2022 Facebook page to, I don’t know, round up articles for future reference who the fuck knows and literally the only thing posted as of yesterday that was publicly viewable that one did not need to join his group for was that article about the City Council’s vote on the homelessness plan and framework that was on deck on Tuesday night. If you followed along on #alamtg twitter, you will have known that Tony Daysog was, as usual, Tony Daysog-ing creating confusion around why he wouldn’t support the plan because he, personally, didn’t understand best practices around helping folks exit homelessness.


October 6, 2021

For the longest time

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

On Monday night the Open Government Commission sadly lost one of its most informed members. Rasheed Shabazz, appointed by Councilmember John Knox White, formally resigned on Monday and left us with a neat little graph of how much time has been sucked by the OGC for members and the viewing public:

This is the most revealing graph which shows just how much more time has been wasted at the OGC with one small addition: the election of Trish Spencer and her appointment of Carmen Reid to the Open Government Commission. Not only have the number of meetings increased, the average duration of the the meetings have skyrocketed. This is not a positive thing.


October 5, 2021

Dividing line

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

There’s an item about the City’s homelessness plan on tonight’s City Council meeting. The plan uses a lot of pages to talk about what the homeless population in Alameda looks like, how people and families become homeless which is good if you need to be convinced that something needs to be done to help people exit homelessness.

There’s the usual bit about needing to secure more housing but — as one member of the public noted with a helpful map — all of the City’s efforts recently have been to use sites mostly on the West End and, more specifically, west of Webster.

I mean, we all knew that was happening but when you see the pins dropped on a map like that it makes the reality quite stark.


October 4, 2021

Back to vax

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

And just like that Governor Gavin Newsom has paved the way for some school districts coughalamedaunifiedcough to hopefully forge ahead and make plans for how to manage a Covid vaccine requirement. From the LA Times

The mandate would take effect for grades seven through 12, starting with the school term following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the vaccine for children ages 12 and older, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade would be phased in after the vaccine has been approved for their age group.

Students 12 and older could be affected as early as January 2022 if there is federal approval for a COVID-19 vaccine for that age range before the end of this year, the governor said in remarks at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco.


October 1, 2021

And another one

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

West Contra Costa Unified School District voted last night to mandate vaccinations for students and their time line is a lot more aggressive than the other Bay Area school districts which have passed similar mandates, from NBC Bay Area:

Students 12 and older are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with proof of their first shot by Nov. 15 and their second shot by Dec. 15, according to the new resolution.

Students younger than 12 must receive their first shot no later than 30 days after their 12th birthday and their second shot within 60 days of that date.

The resolution also mandates that district staff members and volunteers must show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status, either complete vaccination or first shot, by Oct. 15 and must receive their second no later than Nov. 15. Final proof of full vaccination for workers is due by Dec. 7.


September 30, 2021

It’s the children who are wrong

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

I just finished listening to the Southlake podcast from NBC which details the tribulations of a wealthy town in Texas and their issues with race relations, beginning to recognize that, and then retreating from protecting vulnerable kids because of fears of critical race theory. I also watched the documentary too which is great.

While listening to this podcast I was forever thankful that Alameda managed to beat back that sort of creeping conservatism during the Lesson 9 debate even though Alameda’s School Board had a very friendly trustee to that sort of stonewalling at the expense of our LGBTQ community in Alameda. Even though, at the time, there was a full court press — much like the Southlake situation — to punish sitting school board members via recall attempts and lawsuits because they dared to pass a policy that would recognize that LGBTQ members of our community exist.

But at Tuesday night’s School Board meeting we’re seeing the Fox News creep in Alameda returning and they’re freaked out about what is being taught (or not taught) and that critical race theory is what is making kids these days super pessimistic about the future and it has nothing to do with the fact that climate change is unaddressed, all they can see is a future of boomer wealth hoarding and decades of loans to payoff, and we’re not even through this fucking pandemic either. But yeah, it’s something wrong with what they’re being taught that’s making them depressed and unenthusiastic about their futures.


September 29, 2021

The color of (not paying) money

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

I don’t think I ever posted this here but it’s an interesting map in light of the upcoming discussion that we should be having around property taxes and whether we can all afford a new parcel tax or a bond for schools. Someone somewhere did some very nifty programming and created this map which allows you to view how much your neighbors are paying in property tax. For me this exercise is rather boring for my neighborhood because it’s newish and everyone pretty much has the same property tax unless you did that transferring of your old property tax rate to your new home thing.

But the older neighborhoods in Alameda have much more variety to its property tax numbers. A fun section to view is around the Gold Coast and then click through to see how many people paying less than $4000 annually and using the senior exemption to not pay the parcel taxes.


September 28, 2021

Appetite for construction

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

A reminder that this guy

is still suing the Alameda Unified School District over the parcel tax. And that the School Board is testing the political waters to see if Alameda can stomach another bond.

Overall the District has strong ratings:

And people seem to agree that we need to continue funding schools even if it means higher taxes:


September 27, 2021

You don’t get a win unless you play in the game

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

On Friday because Alameda is, well, Alameda, and A is the first letter of the alphabet we had our ABAG appeal on deck first out of all of the other communities who filed an appeal. Let’s just say the meeting did not go the way that several of your usual suspect public speakers wanted this to go. But first I wanted assure folks that City Staff, in this case, Andrew Thomas, really did try to sell Alameda’s appeal as best he could. Given what everyone already knew about the parameters of how to appeal and what is appealable, it was the strongest message that Alameda could put forward.

The message was essentially this: yes we do have the land to zone to accommodate all the housing units, we know that you are saying that natural hazard’s don’t count but we are uniquely vulnerable to specific hazards which will be extremely costly to defend against. Are you sure you want to place housing in a place where it will be expensive to defend and you know we can’t afford this right? So are you, ABAG, going to make promises that you’ll help us financially? Oh also , we have this little problem of the Navy cap, it’s going to make building super expensive, is the region going to use its collective might to help us with the feds?

See? Smart. Alameda was not going to win on the merits of any of its arguments because if Alameda were to prevail a bunch of other cities have similar sob stories about how special it is and how they can’t find land or whatever. Alameda was much more strategic and it was reflected both in city staff’s presentation and rebuttals and the public comment of City Councilmember John Knox White.


September 24, 2021

Sausage making

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

That’s my summary of the night and I’m sticking to it.

If you ever needed an example of relationships can be much more important that personal politics or even consistency with one’s typical modus operandi you only need to watch this video to see that theory in action. Case in point: Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft who, for the most part, has pushed forward items which address the reimagining of public safety. She was consistently bringing up the Cahoots model of care, she pushed for Felton Institute to design a robust mental health response for the last RFQ, and has supported the subcommittees around policing reform. Shockingly she wanted to delay this partnership between the Alameda Fire Department and Alameda Family Services throwing up initial roadblocks like suggesting that the lack of an attachment might trigger an OGC complaint. Then her interactions with members of AFD and of AFS seemed dismissive and, well, rude. It was truly strange and disconcerting.

Then you have someone like Trish Spencer who has been largely, unenthusiastic about the police reform process. She’s been of the mind set, like Tony Daysog, that the more cops the better on the streets. She’s constantly focusing on how crime ridden Alameda is and questioned the work of the police reform subcommittees. Going as far to suggest that the police reform subcommittees were not reflective of the true Alameda community. However, Trish Spencer has a very strong affinity for Alameda Family Services, at the last meeting on this issue she questioned why AFS had not been solicited to send a response to the RFP. On Tuesday night she gave a full throated endorsement of this partnership because, well, she likes the organization. It’s hard to see someone who voted to retain the police tank and has been banging on the “we need more cops” drum voting for something like this if she wasn’t intimately familiar with the organization involved in providing services.

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