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November 30, 2017

Who’s afraid of JKW

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

So even though I stated pretty definitely in yesterday’s post that the current incumbent Planning Board member has a snowball’s chance in hell of every getting nominated by Trish Spencer and had moved on to point out how many qualified female candidates and candidates of color have been passed over again and again by Trish Spencer, some commenters have a horrible case of whataboutism and feel the need to drag others credentials into the mix.

I’ll point out that at the very least the incumbent Planning Board member’s application went well beyond, “I’ve live in Alameda a really long time and so has my family” as evidence of his ability to serve adequately.

But what makes the incumbent Planning Board member effective is that, well, he understands the planning related issues that require some level of insight and decision making.  As I pointed out, even his detractors would agree that he is effective and, therefore, must be prevented from continuing to hold that seat.  I mentioned a breathless email from the Alameda Citizens Taskforce after a recent Planning Board meeting around the North Housing rezoning.



November 29, 2017

Carry yourself with the confidence…

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

As I mentioned on Monday, Trish Spencer has put up yet another name for contention, but this time, this one may be approved probably because of his close relationship with Rob Bonta and therefore will be nigh impossible for Jim Oddie to vote against him.

But this one has been bugging me for the last few days because of which candidates have been repeatedly passed over by Trish Spencer.  Now we all know that the incumbent has a snowball’s chance in hell of staying on the Planning Board even though — as his detractors will admit — he is very effective and knowledgeable about every issue that ever hits the Planning Board agenda.  It’s his effectiveness that make him a threat and therefore the subject of many a breathless email thread that hits the boxes of the City Council and ACT members.

But people, this is literally the self described qualifications of the most recent nominee to the Planning Board:

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November 28, 2017

Citizens arrest

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

Despite getting an update on the status of the state of crime in Alameda.  Also known Trish Spencer read on Facebook a bunch of people believing that crime has increased in Alameda and therefore decided to place a Council Referral on the agenda rather than just go to the source directly and ask the Chief of Police.  To wit:

Members of the public have expressed concern over what appears to be an increase in crime in the community.  Consider directing staff to provide a public update on crime within the City that includes trends, what the City is doing and what additional steps can be taken to reduce or thwart criminal activity.  Council should consider holding a workshop on the matter.

The Chief of Police, Paul Rolleri, had this My Word published after the meeting on the 21st, which means it was probably written well before that meeting.  Highlights:


November 27, 2017


Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 5:59 am

Last Tuesday before Thanksgiving, another of Trish Spencer’s nominees to the Planning Board was not approved by the majority of the City Council:

And, timely enough, the Alameda Magazine is running a story (get your copy at your local bookstore) about how Trish Spencer’s Planning Board picks have had difficulty getting a majority vote.  (Psst, it’s probably because she keeps nominating people who have very little experience when there are actually people on the list with a ton of experience including the incumbent and a bunch of other people who keep getting passed over)


November 17, 2017

Call to action and Happy Thanksgiving

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

This is my last post before Thanksgiving Break which starts Monday, but I just wanted to remind folks that the City Council is still meeting on Tuesday of next week.

As I guessed before the last meeting, Trish Spencer did indeed nominate Sylvia Gibson to the Planning Board — even though she was only added to the nomination list the day before the last City Council meeting — so the Council will be voting on that Tuesday night.   Based on the publicly available information about this candidate, it appears that she will largely represent the Alameda Citizens Taskforce point of view if appointed to the Planning Board.

Hopefully some folks will continue to speak out against Trish Spencer’s obvious attempts at stacking the Planning Board with her slow growth candidates.

Otherwise have a great Thanksgiving holiday everyone!  If you haven’t yet donated to the Food Bank turkey drive, the Food Bank is still seeking turkeys to help feed Alameda families.

November 16, 2017

Raw data diet

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

It’s taken me a while to get through the whole City Council meeting from last week and I got distracted with the Planning Board meeting video, so now I’m in the middle of two meetings and starting to lose the thread a bit.

But I did manage to clip out this part of the meeting which was a bit on the insane side and this wasn’t even at the end of the meeting when people are, rightfully, a bit cranky.

This is an exchange between Jennifer Ott and Trish Spencer on the topic of the Transportation Demand Management plan.

First is Trish Spencer declaring definitively that she believes that the barrier to entry when it comes to riding the bus is cost and that if the cost were lower to ride the bus that everyone would ride the bus.


November 15, 2017

Flood the tubes, build a wall

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

Shortly after Measure A passed in 1973 this letter to the editor made was published in the Alameda Times-Star.

It might be one of my all time favorite letters to the editor ever.


November 14, 2017

Fear mongering

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

Yesterday two press releases hit mailboxes at approximately the same time from both the Alameda Unified School District and the City of Alameda.

From AUSD, which emailed out this short blurb redirecting folks to the joint statement made with the City and Police Department:

LMS Visitor Posed No Threat, APD Says

Over the weekend there was considerable talk on social media about a former AUSD student who visited Lincoln Middle School last week and made some disturbing comments. The Alameda Police Department (APD) has investigated the incidents and interviewed the former student. Please see this joint statement from APD, AUSD, and the City of Alameda for details.

And from the City of Alameda:


November 13, 2017

The North Housing remembers

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

Planning Board has two interesting things on the agenda tonight.

Oh before I forget, Trish Spencer did indeed nominate the quickly added candidate to the Planning Board list: Sylvia Gibson.  Despite there being a number of extremely qualified candidates on the existing list, Trish Spencer is bound to keep the drama going by soliciting her friends and like minded allies to fill the seat regardless of qualification, interest, or understanding of what the role does.


First item is the rezoning of the North Housing parcel.   Here’s a post I wrote a long time ago about the disposal of the North Housing parcel plus a map.  After the public benefit conveyance was complete — including delivery of the park parcel to the City which is going to have a grand opening soonish — the Federal government auctioned off the other half to a private developer.   This private developer: Carmel Partners is actually going to rehabilitate the existing units.


November 10, 2017

Lattes and avocado toast

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

Here’s something super depressing for all the renters out there and folks that are unable to afford to purchase a home in this obscene Bay Area housing market.

While microfiching I came across this ad for new homes for sale on Bay Farm for the Garden Isle Townhouses.  Listing price for these new homes? $35,200 to $55,700.


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