Blogging Bayport Alameda

October 9, 2020

You have it or you don’t

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

Dammit I was going to throw up a blog about Gig Codiga’s deleted Facebook post or Amos White’s weird statement at the APA Demo Caucus but this endorsement from Gig Codiga’s website had me super puzzled for a long time and I needed to do some research.

It’s not the stuff about the male gendering of the City Manager even though three of the last five City Managers we’ve had have been women, it’s the second part.

The current council wants to micromanage the City which prevents it from doing its job, so that when the City Treasurer and Auditor presented their incredibly important report on city pensions, they were not heard until 2 a.m.

Readers, I could not figure out what meeting this was involving the “current council.” So I searched. I did a search for all meeting minutes from the 2010s using the search term “Kennedy.” There were no results for 2020. These were the only hits I got:


October 8, 2020

Where my demons hide

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

Yesterday on Facebook the Gig Codiga campaign announced that Gig Codiga had received an endorsement from the Alameda Police Managers Association. Checking his website shows he’s also been endorsed by the Alameda Police Officers Association. Which, of course, is not a surprise given Gig Codiga’s hard lean into LAW AND ORDER.

What is surprising, and slightly hypocritical, is the insistence on retaining this language on his website:


October 7, 2020

Don’t know much

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

Yesterday the video for the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County candidate forum for Alameda was finally uploaded. They are super quick because it’s multiple cities rolled up into one long video. Famously Trish Spencer has a very close connection with the AAPI community via a shared love of a certain starchy staple.

I’m not going to go to deep into the video right now because a lot of it deals with race issues that I’ll probably write a separate post about. But this, if anything, should be simply disqualifying about a Trish Spencer run. In answering a question about AAPI representation in City Hall staff, she launches with not-so-subtle attack on Jim Oddie and Malia Vella stating that the City Council only hires for the City Manager and she’s very serious about staying in her lane about that. (I’m paraphrasing).

Except, that’s not right.

The City Council is the “boss” for three positions: City Manager, City Attorney, and City Clerk. They hire for all three positions.

And before someone asks if she just misspoke, she did not. She reiterated at the end of her minute that City Council is ONLY responsible for the City Manager.


October 6, 2020

Spilling tea

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

I have…opinions on NextDoor in general but I do understand how it can be helpful for people with lost dogs, looking for a landscaper and other generally benign neighborly things, but with all things social media related, particularly hyper local things, it can get messy real quick.

And in Alameda, nothing is messier than a local election.

On Saturday night, an Alamedan spilled some very hot tea on what’s been going on behind the scene on NextDoor. Apparently NextDoor relies on neighborhood Leads and volunteer Community Reviewers to help keep the site from devolving into an old school BBS on Sunset Beach. (Sunset Beach was a soap opera that aired in the late 1990s, I used to frequent a message board about Sunset Beach during those times and it was…contentious) As you can imagine there is a lot of space for abuse of the system with this particular system. For full disclosure, I recently became a lead on NextDoor and I have seen some very questionable moderation from folks in Alameda. But anyway, these following tweets are really important in light of who is doing the reporting to take down community members’ posts:


October 5, 2020

It’s not right, but it’s (not) okay

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

So an update, Gig Codiga actually provided a response to his “Let’s Get Alameda Back” post on Facebook, a reminder:

Here’s the interesting thing about this FB post though. It was dirty deleted on Friday. It is amazing that a campaign which has touted a need for a community where “every Alamedan, not just the political insiders, will be heard” would pull this stunt. So it means one of two things (1) no respect for dissenting voices or (2) the campaign was getting some push back from, what would normally be, sympathetic community members about the messaging. Or both?

In case you were wonder, yes, I did get a copy of most of the comments before the dirty delete. And yes, I did get a copy of the video before the dirty delete. It was mostly just luck since I had not opened my laptop since the AM and I hadn’t closed the tab on that Facebook page. And yes, I will probably have a post up to memorialize the video and comments at some point.

Anyway, this post was largely written before the dirty delete and still applies so might as well not waste it.


October 2, 2020

National Horror Story: October surprise

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

I had a whole other post prepped for today involving Gig Codiga and his follow up comment on his “Let’s Get Alameda Back” Facebook post. It’s now been dirty deleted but I do have screen shots, so I’ll have a post up on that next week because today:

October 1, 2020

Green Party washing

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

So I just want to share with you the ten key values of the Green Party, this is from its national website, I’m including some of the descriptions for context:

1. Grassroots Democracy
2. Social Justice And Equal Opportunity
As a matter of right, all persons must have the opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, any discrimination by race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, religion, or physical or mental ability that denies fair treatment and equal justice under the law.
3. Ecological Wisdom
4. Non-Violence
It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in danger. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.
5. Decentralization
6. Community-Based Economics
7. Feminism And Gender Equity
We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as gender equity, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We recognize that the processes for determining our decisions and actions are just as important as achieving the outcomes we want.
8. Respect For Diversity
We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across the human spectrum. We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We encourage respect for all life forms, and increased attention to the preservation of biodiversity.
9. Personal And Global Responsibility
10. Future Focus And Sustainability


September 30, 2020

Get back

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

It’s kind of sad that the Gig Codiga campaign had to have a scripted endorsement video and that they couldn’t have some extemporaneously talk about why s/he supported Gig Codiga, but of all the really questionable slogans which have been workshopped in real time by the Gig Codiga campaign this one might be the best. And by “best” I mean from a purely entertaining point of view because it’s also very sad because of the unanswered question of what it actually means and by it, I’m talking about “Let’s get Alameda back.”

I have asked the question on the Facebook page about who is the “us” in “let’s.” Also who are we getting Alameda back from? And back to what precisely? 


September 29, 2020


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

I know I have been largely staying out of the School Board race, the majority of the candidates are fine to really great and so it’s a bit of a tougher race to find glaring faults about. Until yesterday it was all about your preference in flavors of candidates.

Until the Alameda Special Education Families released their video of their forum. This is where it got weird folks.

During the opening comments Verna Castro launched out of the gate by declaring that she was “hacked” on the evening before this forum and that the research that she had gathered on a Google Doc was being deleted before her eyes. Then she got locked out of her computer.


September 28, 2020

National Horror Story: $750

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