Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer, right, during a
City Council meeting in July.

ALAMEDA | Alameda’s city charter, like many others in the East Bay, gives more day-to-day administrative power to its city manager than to the mayor.

It’s a distinction many constituents in Alameda and beyond are not familiar with. It’s apparently, a fact Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer has also repeatedly failed to grasp.

In the September edition of Alameda Magazine, learn the lengths Spencer has gone to usurp lawful control of City Hall from the city manager and department heads.

In one instance, Spencer openly advocated against a city code enforcement decision that determined a local building was too dangerous for tenants to reside and gave the appearance Spencer was acting on behalf of the tenant over the city’s interests.

In another case, Spencer served as a de facto internal affairs agent as she personally investigating a citizen’s complaint against one Alameda police officer. However, the officer involved in the complaint was also the person who two weeks prior had pulled over her husband for a DUI.

Read the entire article here at Alameda Magazine. On newsstands now.