Tag Archives: Tony Daysog

And they’re off!

Traditionally, Labor Day marks the beginning of the political campaign season.  The Merry-Go-Round missed the kickoff by a week, but we’ll try to make up for it today by commenting about a couple of the actors in our local political … Continue reading

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“Progressives” and Prop. 10

At first glance, it might seem easy for any Alamedan who identifies herself as a “progressive” to decide to back Proposition 10, which would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act and permit cities to enact rent-control ordinances covering all rental properties within … Continue reading

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Real Alamedans united

At the Merry-Go-Round, we’ve always had a soft spot for grassroots organizations formed by ordinary citizens to use the electoral process to achieve shared policy objectives, especially when the ruling class won’t listen to them. This is why we admire … Continue reading

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Pat-ricide

The candidate had been praised by one long-time co-worker for her “steadfast commitment to equality, justice and fairness,” and extolled by another as “hard-working” with a “real attention to detail.” She had been endorsed by both business – the owner … Continue reading

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Buy one, get one free

As former Councilman Tony Daysog (among many others) is fond of saying, “Elections have consequences.” The latest case in point in Alameda involves Mr. Daysog himself. Now that our elected officials are taking their August recess, the Merry-Go-Round decided to … Continue reading

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Ms. Spencer’s choice

Mayor Trish Spencer would have good reasons, principled as well as personal, for not reappointing Inner Ringleader John Knox White, whose term expired on June 30, to another four-year stint on the Planning Board. But if she doesn’t, the Council … Continue reading

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Lock it up

If we recall correctly, it was Al Gore who first introduced the concept of a “lock box” into the political lexicon. The idea was to put certain governmental funds beyond the reach of Congress so that the money could be … Continue reading

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