Blogging Bayport Alameda

June 26, 2018

Birtherism, Alameda style

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

As only Alameda could do it, we have taken the “you’re not an Alamedan until you’ve lived here for x number of generations” a wee too far.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the new hotness in the critiques of Malia Vella is around her residency in Alameda. Specifically, from Malia Vella’s twitter:



June 25, 2018

Buyers remorse

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

Here’s a piece from the East Bay Express about the recall of Malia Vella only since it appears that it is too late to even consider a recall for Jim Oddie.  From the EBX:

The recall effort against Vella is still in its early stages, and a similar recall effort against Oddie was recently flubbed by the same group of proponents. Following service of the intent to recall, its backers have seven days to deliver the intent and an affidavit of service to the city clerk’s office. This kickstarts a somewhat onerous process of getting the recall question on the November ballot.

Oddie was served during the June 5 council meeting, but the attempt by proponents to file the paperwork with the city clerk came two days late. Further complicating their effort is a provision in the election code that prohibits a recall within six months of the end of an elected official’s term. Oddie is up for reelection in November and his term is due to end on Dec. 18, meaning the last possible date to begin the recall process was June 18, said Alameda City Clerk Lara Weisiger.


June 22, 2018

Mind the wall gaps

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

So I’m going way back to my roots today and writing a little bit about Bayport specifically.  I’ll admit I haven’t been paying a whole lot of attention to our local homeowner’s association business mainly because (1) I’ve been busy and (2) there’s so much national level lunacy that issues around permit parking seem so petty in comparison.

However recently someone pointed out to me that in our last HOA agenda (which I promptly placed in the recycle bin and will not do in the future because apparently this Board is going rogue) that there was an agenda item about the sound wall lining RAMP and filling the access gaps.

I found the bit of the agenda item on, where else, Nextdoor.  But by the time I had actively searched it out apparently I missed the HOA meeting.


June 21, 2018

National Horror Story: baby jails

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

Even with the signing of the Executive Order after much flip flopping about whose responsibility and policy it was in the first place (spoiler alert: this has always belonged to the Trump administration).  There are no guarantees that the baby jails are going to shut down any time soon.  From NPR:

It is not immediately clear whether, or when, detained children will be reunited with their parents.

Reyna Torres Mendivil, Mexico’s consul general in San Antonio, told NPR’s Audie Cornish that the process would be hampered by the U.S. separation process, which keeps parents in ICE custody while moving children into facilities controlled by the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The U.S. authorities create different files for the children than for the parents, and it’s very difficult to follow up on those cases,” Torres said.



June 20, 2018

A political stance

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

It was a tough choice to talk about baby concentration camps or the local recall effort.  I guess I can write about the fresh daily horror that is the Trump administration tomorrow.

Local recall effort, the landlords pretending to cape for Jill Keimach did warn everyone that they were going to do it.  That if they didn’t get what they wanted <insert demand here> they were totally going to recall the City Council members who did what it was that they didn’t want the City Councilmembers to do.  Notwithstanding the fact that Jill Keimach voluntarily accepted the settlement package, they still decided to start a recall effort for, well, it appears only two of the three people that weren’t super keen on Jill Keimach.

Because it’s not about principle, it’s about politics.


June 19, 2018

National Horror Story: #KeepFamiliesTogether

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

June 18, 2018

National Horror Story: never forget

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

Except when we do.

What a terrific Father’s Day weekend that was, wasn’t it?


June 15, 2018

Good better best Alameda today tomorrow, take 2

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

So it appears that I had some technical difficulties yesterday, probably something to do with an image I had attached to the post yesterday. Ah well, here’s the second try of this particular post.

It’s not too much of a surprise that ACT has decided to choose for its possible PAC the name: A Better Deal For Alameda. It’s as though they were deliberately attempting to tie themselves to the Democratic (big D) ideals which also took on the “A Better Deal” tagline to provide a contrast to the Republican Party’s current offering.

At least they had the good sense to emulate a real actual tagline as opposed to Stewart Chen who elected to go with “A Better Alameda for Tomorrow” which evokes the Stephen Colbert joke PAC of “Americans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow.”


June 14, 2018

Good better best Alameda today tomorrow

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

Some weird technical difficulties today folks…

Will revisit tomorrow.


June 13, 2018

Everyone is special interest

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

File into the “yeah, who didn’t see this coming” file, Alameda Citizens Taskforce (ACT) is looking to form a special interest PAC to um (checks notes) counter other special interest PACs.

From various social media:

Discouraged about the direction Alameda’s City Council and Staff have taken: It will take a change to the City Council to fix it.

The Alameda Citizens Task Force is working as a facilitator to help get an independent PAC started to work for change in the city’s direction.

From ACT: As most of you know Alameda Citizen’s Task Force held a public meeting on April 25 to introduce the idea of forming a PAC to endorse and campaign for Mayoralty and Council candidates for the November Election. An exploratory committee was appointed at that meeting.

The committee will be presenting its recommendation at a public meeting to be held on June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Remax building at 2437 Santa Clara Ave (across from U.S. Bank). The recommendation will be to move forward in the exploration of a PAC with the process described below. The recommendation for a name is “A Better Deal For Alameda” The recommendation for a mission statement is as follows:


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