Tag Archives: Trish Spencer

One for the road

If departing Councilman Jim Oddie and his re-elected colleague, Councilwoman Malia Vella, get their way, Mr. Oddie will be able to do one more favor for organized labor before he leaves office. The beneficiaries will be the construction trades unions … Continue reading

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A post-mortem on Measure Z

Going into the November 3 election, there seemed to be no way that Measure Z, the ballot measure to repeal the City Charter provision prohibiting multi-family housing and limiting residential density, could lose:

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Money to burn

The November 2020 election will truly be a record-setting one in Alameda. And, no, we’re not talking about voter turnout, which may set a record of its own. Instead, we’re referring to the amount of money the Alameda firefighters’ union … Continue reading

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The truth about Trish (2020 ed.)

To her detractors, former Mayor Trish Spencer, who is running to return to Council this November, is the Candidate of No.  She is, they say (or, rather, post or tweet), against everything a Right-Thinking person is for: She’s anti-renter. Anti-homeless. … Continue reading

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Their first time

If either Gig Codiga or Amos White wins election to Council this November, he will have achieved a feat remarkable in recent Alameda political history:  Victory by a candidate who has never appeared on any Council ballot before and who … Continue reading

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Decisions for the next Council

Unlike the presidential election, the race for Alameda City Council has yet to be described as “existential.” Nevertheless, the Council elected this November will be called upon to make decisions in a number of areas that will affect the well-being … Continue reading

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The difference between Oddie and Vella

At first glance, Jim Oddie and Malia Vella, the current Council members running for reelection, might seem to be two peas in a pod.

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The candidates and Measure Z

Suppose you’re one of those “single-issue” voters who will cast her ballot for only those candidates who take the “right” side on a specific issue.  This being Alameda, suppose that issue is Measure Z, the ballot measure to repeal Article … Continue reading

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The Democratic convention (Alameda version)

The Merry-Go-Round faced a difficult choice Wednesday night: Should we tune into day three of the Democratic national talk show and watch Elizabeth, Hillary, and a host of other Trump trashers and Biden backers?  Or should we sign into the … Continue reading

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A matter of trust

Having written about the efforts to rip Measure A out of the City Charter and to strip the Open Government Commission of its enforcement powers, the Merry-Go-Round recently watched the videos of the Planning Board and Council meetings at which these … Continue reading

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