The CADC heard from representatives from Measure A and Measure B at our February meeting. After the Q & A session an endorsement vote was held and the club voted to endorse a Yes on A and a No on B.
Thank you to everyone who came out in the rain to learn about measures on the upcoming special election ballot. If you want to learn more about Measure A visit: www.wecarealameda.com
Witness the Loss of Civility By Gabrielle Dolphin
Alameda SUN, June 26th, Commentary
“Dys” from Greek means “painful.” “Dysfunctional” therefore does not mean something does not “function”. Rather it means that something functions, but does so in a painful way. At the present time, Alameda is feeling like a dysfunctional family. We are a community agitated and at times in denial about our recent peek at the elephant in our collective living room – racism, xenophobia, misogyny, hatred and intolerance. The consequences of these personal attitudes and beliefs, acted out on the public stage, has led to the toxic atmosphere hanging over our island community and politics.
Public spaces have played host to human interaction and political discourse since ancient times. It’s open to all and it’s where we navigate the unfamiliar, interact with strangers and conduct our economic, political and social business. Behavior that makes public space safe is civility. Civility is defined as “claiming and caring for one’s identity and beliefs without degrading someone else’s in the process.” Civility is essential for trust and a healthy community. Civility is essential for a healthy democracy.
We have been witness to a textbook case of incivility in the cringe-worthy skewering of Vice Mayor Malia Vella. To set the record straight:
1) Malia Vella is the only Councilmember born in Alameda.
2) Ms. Vella is the only Councilmember whose parent is an AUSD alumnus.
3) Ms. Vella did not receive campaign donations from our local Fire Fighters (IAFF 689) knowing she would be reviewing their contract.
4) Ms. Vella took no contributions from developers.
5) Ms. Vella did not vote for the severance payment to our former City Manager, Jill Keimach.
6) Ms. Vella received more votes than anyone else on the current council (including the Mayor) in the most recent election and received more votes in Alameda alone (13,856) than Slauson did during his AD-18 primary run (10,549) where he gathered votes from 3 large cities: Alameda, Oakland and San Leandro.
With “birtherism” rearing its ugly head in Alameda there can be no question we have an elephant sitting in our collective living room. “Birtherism” was a movement in national politics started by our current President which doubted our first Black president was a natural-born U.S. citizen, thus implying he was ineligible to be President. Ms. Vella is the only Councilmember whose citizenship has been questioned implying she is ineligible for being our Vice Mayor. She is the only member of the Council whose residency has been questioned. She has been called a “whore,” and she is the target of on-going bullying campaign in the form of purposely mispronouncing her name in public.
Peace and safety in public space preserves the social fabric. It allows economies and cultures to flourish. Without the promise and hope of civility we will continue to live in that anxious limbo wondering when and where the next attack will come.
The City of Alameda Democratic Club participated in the 4th of July parade! A big thank you to club member Alan Pryor for lending and driving your vintage Model T for the event! Also, thank you to everyone who helped decorate our parade entry and participate in the parade!
Fun fact: Did you know that Alameda's 4th of July parade is one of the longest in the country? At 3.3 miles, it is indeed one of the longest parade!
On June 30th, Alamedans gathered on Park Street to protest the Trump administration's immigration policy and to show support to families who had been separated at the border. Vice Mayor Malia Vella (Co-President, Dem Club) and Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft delivered messages of hope to families being torn apart at our border, and thanked those attending Alameda's "Keep Families Together" vigil, held in conjunction with rallies taking place nationwide.
The 300+ crowd gathered at Park and Santa Clara for a well received honk and wave after which the majority marched to Jackson Park for a rally. "As we head towards the 4th of July, let's remember that Civil Rights will forever be tied to this nations birthday." said Gaby Dolphin, closing the event. "It was then our Founding Fathers enshrined for posterity these sacred words: "..all men (and women) are created equally, endowed by their Creator with the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
On March 14th, the City of Alameda Democratic Club hosted a debate between District Attorney candidates, the incumbent, Nancy O'Malley and civil rights attorney Pamela Price. Dan Wood, Vice President of Programs, directed questions to the candidates, while club Treasurer, Mike McMahon kept time. The meeting, held in the grand ballroom at the Alameda Elks Lodge was heavily attended by CADC members and interested voters alike.
Following the debate, eligible club members voted, by way of paper ballot, as to who would be endorsed. Per the club bylaws, neither candidate received 60% of the vote so the club will not be endorsing a DA candidate in this race.
By a overwhelming majority, the City of Alameda Democratic Club did vote to endorse Representative Barbara Lee for and Assemblymember Rob Bonta for reelection. Congratulations to those candiates!
If you could not attend the debate and would like to learn more about the candidates, please check out their websites:
If you want to learn more about what a District Attorney does please check out the very informative https://meetyourda.org/
On February 8th, CADC members bussed to Sacramento to participate in a demonstration against off-shore drilling. They joined 500 other Californians in standing up to President Trump's off-shore drilling plan.
Members from the Alameda Democratic joined together to attend the second annual Women's March in Oakland. They met up at Wes Cafe on Webster for coffee before catching a local bus to the march. An estimated 40,000 to 50,000 marchers attended the event to show support for a variety of causes.
Our inaugural Thirsty Thursday event, hosted by our 2018 President of Activities Philip James, was a smashing success! Members braved a rainy night to join up for drinks and socializing at the Alameda Island Brewing Company.
Next month's Thirsty Thursday will be Feb. 22. Mark your calendar now and get in on the fun!
On Wednesday January 17th, CADC members Dan Wood and Cheri Johansen went to Sacramento to attend the Select Hearing on Healthcare. While there, they stopped by Rob Bonta's office to thank him for cosponsoring SB 562, the California Healthcare for All bill.
In 2017 the City of Alameda Democratic Club voted unanimously to endorse SB 562 - The Healthy California Act. If you are interested in learning more about SB 562 read here.