Alameda City Council
I am announcing my bid for reelection to the Alameda City Council. I promised to help restore the people’s trust in City Hall, particularly in the aftermath of the 2017 controversy involving allegations made by then-City Manager Jill Keimach that two /councilmembers, in violation of a specific City Charter provision, were coercing her with respect to the selection of a new fire chief. Because the Alameda County Grand Jury later in 2019 found that City Charter violations had occurred, I worked with my Council colleagues in implementing the Grand Jury’s recommendations to restore the public’s trust in the City Council.
As part of my 2018 platform of restoring public trust in City Council, I pledged that I would make open-minded decisions based on evaluation of all the information put in front of me, drawing on my Master’s in City Planning from Berkeley and on my professional urban planning work experience, as well as resident input.
I applied this process with respect to policing in Alameda, supporting the historic reform by which, in response to non-violent 911 mental health calls, we now send paramedics assisted by trained mental health professionals instead of the police.
I also applied this open-minded evaluation of all facts approach with respect to how we fund our police, rejecting calls to defund the police budget, let alone by the startling 42% amount demanded by some. In response to a concern raised by the City Manager-advisory police reform committee, I worked to increase policing staffing levels. By August, we will have 76 sworn officers, with another 4 in the pipeline, in an effort to get back to the traditional 88-sworn officer level.
In 2020 I served as the campaign manager to oppose the “Measure Z” ballot measure that would remove Article 26 from the Alameda City Charter. I am especially proud of this successful effort to defeat “Measure Z” because leading “Measure Z” proponents racialized the topic, suggesting that those opposing “Measure Z” were against racial diversity. As campaign chair and manager, I designed a strategy by which countless volunteers helped set the record straight with data and facts (welovealameda.com) as well as carry the message regarding the necessity of the Article 26 growth-control tool to an island such as Alameda. We defeated “Measure Z”, and we did so in a manner that prevented our city from getting torn asunder by highly-charged racialized rhetoric.
I am proud of the fact that, over the course of the past four years, I and my colleagues have operated in a manner free of the internal strife and discord of 2017 and early 2018 that triggered the Alameda County Grand Jury examination. I have conducted myself in a professional, neutral, and “just-the-facts” manner in an effort to restore the public trust and faith in City Hall, and to focus on quality-of-life matters of interest to Alamedans.
In the coming four years, if re-elected I will continue to:
- oppose over-building in historic Alameda, focusing new housing at Alameda Point where we are laying the transit infrastructure (new ferry terminal, dedicated shuttles, Bus-Rapid-Transit) to handle growth;
- Improve traffic-handling abilities of Park Street Bridge and Webster Tube;
- Bring BART from downtown Oakland to Alameda Point, to improve the East Bay-to-San Francisco regional connection and thereby alleviate traffic problems in Alameda as well;
- continue to support City Hall services that make Alameda the city with the best quality of life in the Bay Area, according to the San Francisco Chronicle (https://bit.ly/3Accf5h);and,
- continue to make open-minded decisions based on evaluation of all the information put in front of me, drawing on my Master’s in City Planning from Berkeley and on my professional urban planning work experience, as well as resident input.
Thank you. I can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 510-473-0676. My website is daysog.com
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