We received the following statement from Trish Spencer:
I’m Asking for Your Vote!
It’s been wonderful living in Alameda for over 20 years and raising our four children here. I was the first and only Hispanic/Latino mayor of Alameda. Prior to being your mayor, I was elected twice to the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education.
I was the first in my family to go to a 4-year university, worked my way through college (U.C. Berkeley), paralegal school at UC Irvine and then law school at night, passing the CA State Bar my first try. I am an active California attorney and have practiced business litigation and family law. Recently, I have helped victims of domestic violence with pro bono legal services.
Supporting all of Alameda’s children and families, while my children attended AUSD public schools, I volunteered in AUSD schools across Alameda, including schools that my children did not attend which needed volunteers and I substituted at almost all AUSD schools. That’s how I met many of you and your children.
I am part of Alameda’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). I volunteer with many local philanthropic organizations, and support our art community and businesses. Recently, I have been a leader in sharing COVID-19 information to help Alamedans make informed decisions, as well as an advocate for a free testing center in Alameda.
While mayor, I led efforts saving the Alameda Animal Shelter, Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, Corica Park Golf Complex and Jim’s on the Course. I brought the Ocean Cleanup Project from Holland to Alameda, resolved the long-outstanding issue of property owners’ docks along the estuary, and supported safe cannabis dispensaries. I restored and initiated sister cities with China, Philippines, South Korea, and Italy. I Initiated “Art in City Hall,” showcasing Alamedans’ art and local nonprofits’ run/walks. I strengthened Alameda’s relationship with the Coast Guard, culminating in me receiving their highest civilian public recognition, and I’m now a Coast Guard Mom!
My priorities are to work together so that every person is safe in Alameda, rebuild public trust and morale in our City Hall, ensure that Alameda’s financial reporting is accurate and expenditures focus on serving our community members, and to bring a free COVID-19 testing center to Alameda. I will continue to vote against over development and corporate handouts. As such, I am opposing Measure Z (the repeal of Article 26 aka Measure A) as it would allow new high density, luxury housing developments in our existing neighborhoods without requiring new infrastructure. City Hall is failing Alamedans and pricing many out. We must change course.
Everyone knows me: I’m independent, not beholden to special interests, and genuinely care about Alamedans. I’m accessible. People from all walks of life reach out to me because they know I will do my utmost to serve them and I am a voice for those who encounter barriers navigating government and receiving services to which they’re entitled.
Issues that come before Council are often more complex than some may think and I am uniquely qualified to serve as an Alameda City Council Member. I am a dedicated public servant who always thoroughly researches issues, listens to Alamedans, and I do my utmost to make informed decisions that are sustainable and the best for Alamedans.
I’m asking for your vote. Thank you for your consideration.
Trish Herrera Spencer
Trish4U.com 510-761-5123 #WorkingTogether4U
FPPC ID # 1408726