A campaign slogan has made itself perceptible across Alameda: The mantra insists: “Let the people decide, not City Council.” I don’t know if this reflects abject ignorance, or if it’s a cynical hope on the part of the Alamedans in Charge to slip something by what they consider “ignorant” Island City voters. Allow me to set the record straight. This slogan negates every principle upon which our nation was founded and asks us to abandon the very structure of government upon which this great nation was founded.
The races for Alameda Mayor and City Council have resulted in tight races, still too close to call. The tentative results which are still pending the counting of some 90,000 unprocessed mail-in ballots and an unknown number of walk-in, mail-in ballots, show Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft leading in the mayoral race by 213 votes.
One has to wonder how life became so politicized and polarized. Will life will ever return to sanity or, at a minimum, get back to normal? The answers are both too obvious and too politically charged to even speak of. As the great sage Joseph Stalin expounded, “If you claim not to be political, that, too, is political.”
Last month, Alamedans received a deceptive mailer claiming Measure K was necessary to “Protect Alameda’s Rent Control.” The 2015 to the present timeline titled, “Alamedans in Charge: The History of our Rent Control” distorts reality and the historical record in a way that masks the decades-long battle between tenants and property owners in Alameda.
The past three years are but the latest conflict in which off-Island corporate owners have misled the public in the interest of maintaining both control and profits in the rental housing stock of Alameda.