Landlords Protest at Political Meeting

Alameda Democratic Club

Co-president of the City of Alameda Democratic Club, Gabrielle Dolphin, was met with a tide of opposition at an overflow club meeting last Wednesday. The meeting coincided with a “Home is where the Heart Is” panel discussion with all the stakeholders in the housing crisis. A demonstration of some 25 people carried signs reading “Racist” and “Gaby Go Away” into the meeting. The protestors took offense from rhetoric appearing in a letter Dolphin penned regarding the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act (“Open Letter on Rent Control Setback,” Jan. 25). Dolphin acknowledged her choice of words were unfortunate and could be interpreted negatively. She offered her apologies both at the protest prior to the meeting and a second time as the meeting began. “If you knew me and my work, you’d know [accusations of me operating from a position of] racism and xenophobia couldn’t be further from the truth,” she said.