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September 10, 2018

Loyalty above all else

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

There’s been a few unexpected things about this current batch of candidates and the whole local process in general.  Putting aside the drama around Amos White missing the (extended) filing deadline — don’t even start here about credit cards and all that jazz — the first departure from the norm was Frank Matarrese opting to not run for his own City Council seat.  Even though he had timed it rather perfectly to complete two City Council terms and then run for Mayor.  I know people have suggested it’s because he’s getting older and he thinks that this is the right time to do it, but I’m gonna go with he’d rather not be on the Council if he’s not running the meetings.

Although given the dysfunction of the last four years I really can’t say that I blame him at all.

But here’s the latest departure from the norm.  Based on the most recent endorsements one would think that the two natural allies on the…for ease of description…Make Alameda Great Again constituencies are Trish Spencer and Tony Daysog.  Both appeared to work fairly well when they were on the Council together.  Tony “elections have consequences” Daysog was a reliable supporter of anything Trish Spencer wanted particularly when she wanted to push through her questionable board and commission picks.

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September 7, 2018

National Horror Story: supremely underwhelming

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

It is a really specific question and this guy can’t even answer a straight question.

September 6, 2018

Alameda MAGA in the wild

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

And speaking of Twitter, through the magic that is Twitter an Alameda unicorn has been discovered.  The Donald Trump Alameda voter in the wild who believes that his opinions about former First Lady Michelle Obama are somehow worthy of publication.  In response to a KTVU news brief around a really sweet moment shared between Michelle Obama and George W Bush:

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September 5, 2018

Tweet blockers

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

Last month during a live tweet of the Democratic Club City Council endorsement meeting this tweet popped up after another user pointed out that Tony Daysog had a very sad number of follows and followers:

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September 4, 2018

Eminently domainable

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

A reminder, Mayor Trish Spencer is again bucking the “tradition” of renominating incumbents for Board and Commission positions and has decided to not nominate architect David Burton to the Planning Board even though he has provided expertise and would provide institutional knowledge on the Planning Board.

So when she complains about the “tradition” of rubber stamping previous Mayor’s picks (hopefully) the City Council will remind her that they also can buck tradition and opt to not rubber stamp her nominations.

Some other items of interest for tonight’s City Council meeting: eminent domain.

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August 31, 2018

Predetermined outcome

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

Remember when ACT PAC/A Better Alameda went down the road of asking candidates to fill out a ridiculous 29 question survey?   Naturally ACT PAC/ABA wanted you to believe that they actually were going to assess the responses of the questionnaire and base their endorsement on something other than personal preference.  But as you saw on the questionnaire which was rife with errors and misinformation, there really were only a few candidates who would make the cut.

Here’s what is posted on the website which has made it’s way out of password protected mode:

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August 30, 2018

Blast from the past: “Good God”

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

This one is from sometime in 1975 I think.

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August 29, 2018

Blast from the past: more things stay the same

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

October 1973

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August 28, 2018

Blast from the past: multi-unit bee hives

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

From February 1973, nothing about Victorians here either:

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August 27, 2018

Blast from the past: rules for you but not for me

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

From February 1973:

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