Mayor’s nominations raise concern
Fewer than 21,000 Alamedans participated in the 2014 off-year election that saw Mayor Trish Spencer eke out a victory over Marie Gilmore. Spencer received 10,488 votes, a thousand fewer than failed City Council candidate Tony Daysog received in 2016. Spencer’s support did not help Daysog, who had spent the better part of two decades on the City Council. In fact, after seeing Spencer in office for two years, Alamedans turned out in huge numbers and rejected the mayor’s vision all over the ballot.
Heading into Election Day, Spencer often stood in traffic cheering on Daysog and Jennifer Roloff. Voters rejected Spencer’s chosen candidates as not up to the task of dealing with Alameda’s challenges. Spencer wrote the ballot arguments against measures B1 and K1.
Thankfully, voters went against Spencer in order to keep Alameda’s school kids and residents from facing the consequences of her reckless political ideology. On the dais, Spencer likes to tell us that we are an island. Given the 2016 election and the countless string of 4-1 votes that she constantly sees not going her way, she appears to be on her own deserted island.
On July 5, Spencer nominated two candidates for the Planning Board. This Council has rightfully set housing stability, affordability and homelessness as top priorities. The Planning Board’s role in addressing these issues is critical. It is incumbent upon the City Council to ask the important questions of these nominees and examine their records.
Allowing Spencer to continue to stack the Planning Board with appointments like her last two would be a terrible mistake that could set us back for many years. More appointees like Ronald Curtis and Sandy Sullivan, well established property owners whose comments and votes are often tantamount to an “I got mine” vision for Alameda, do not reflect the diversity of people and progressive views reflected in our “Everybody Belongs Here” ethos. Let’s make sure the vision set by our Planning Board is one the next generation can be proud of, and afford to be a part of.