ALAMEDA: Spencer reserves last words as mayor to criticize Ashcraft

Trish Herrera Spencer's final comment as Alameda mayor Tuesday night was a biting rejoinder aimed at Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, the mayoral challenger who defeated Spencer last month. In farewell remarks before a packed City Council Chambers, Spencer thanked her family, City Hall employees, while reminiscing about the joys of serving as mayor. A proclamation in … Continue reading ALAMEDA: Spencer reserves last words as mayor to criticize Ashcraft

With two weeks until Election Day, Alameda mayor takes trip to China

Spencer takes six-day business trip to China while her opponents continue their campaigns.

Alameda firefighters will sit out the mayor’s race

In recent Alameda elections, the backing of the island's influential firefighters union has often resulted in victory for candidates. It remains to be seen what happens when they choose to sit out a a race. Somewhat surprisingly, the firefighters' union has decided not to weigh-in on the potentially wide-open mayoral race between Mayor Trish Herrera … Continue reading Alameda firefighters will sit out the mayor’s race

Alameda Councilmember Ezzy Ashcraft makes it official. She’s challenging Mayor Spencer

Alameda Councilmember Marilyn EzzyAshcraft announced Tuesday her campaignfor mayor.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Touting years of public service along with a record of consensus-building, Alameda Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft officially announced Tuesday that she will challenge incumbent Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer this November.“I’m running for Mayor, because I know the expertise and skills I’ve developed over 16 … Continue reading Alameda Councilmember Ezzy Ashcraft makes it official. She’s challenging Mayor Spencer

Sandre Swanson, although courted by supporters, says he won’t run for Alameda mayor

Sandre Swanson during an endorsementmeeting last year for the 9th state Senate.ALAMEDAAn unsuccessful run for the state Senate last year proved Sandre Swanson is not done with public service. Swanson confirmed Friday that he had strong interest for challenging Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer's re-election next year."I've been honored by people and organizations in the … Continue reading Sandre Swanson, although courted by supporters, says he won’t run for Alameda mayor

Alameda councilman eyes run for mayor: ‘Don’t know if I can win.’

Alameda Councilmember Frank MatarreseALAMEDA CITY COUNCILSeemingly from the day Trish Herrera Spencer was elected Alameda mayor in 2014, the line of challengers seeking to make her a one-termer began jockeying for position. Nearly three years later, Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft is a near lock to run for mayor next year, but speculation over whether Councilmember … Continue reading Alameda councilman eyes run for mayor: ‘Don’t know if I can win.’

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer is violating the city charter

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer, right, during aCity 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 … Continue reading Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer is violating the city charter

ESPN broadcaster, husband of defeated Alameda mayor, harassed new mayor by calling her Sarah Palin

Rod Gilmore, the husband of recently defeatedAlameda Mayor Marie Gilmore, repeatedlylabeled the new mayor as Sarah Palin.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | ESPN college football analyst Rod Gilmore calls it like he sees it, but at a fundraiser last month he approached new Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer and repeatedly referred to her as “Sarah,” as in, … Continue reading ESPN broadcaster, husband of defeated Alameda mayor, harassed new mayor by calling her Sarah Palin

Alameda’s Mayor Trish Spencer has overcome the odds many times before

ALAMEDA | Trish Herrera Spencer had been told that she couldn’t do something so many times before she pulled off the mammoth upset of Alameda’s incumbent mayor in November that the latest round of naysayers was almost imperceptible to her ears. As a second child of five children who arrived in the South Gate neighborhood … Continue reading Alameda’s Mayor Trish Spencer has overcome the odds many times before

Rearranging the pictures on the wall at Alameda City Hall

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer wants to bring her city’s residents back to local government. For starters, the island’s new mayor didn’t rearrange the furniture at City Hall, but she did move around some picture frames, if not, for the sake of symbolism.Over the past four years visitors to City Hall saw … Continue reading Rearranging the pictures on the wall at Alameda City Hall

Alameda welcomes a new mayor while the previous one skips the swearing-in

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer takes the oathof office Tuesday night. PHOTO/Steven TavaresALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Alameda’s new Mayor Trish Spencer still can’t believe her good fortune and the outgoing mayor skipped out of the council chambers before the new mayor was sworn-in to replace her. The Alameda City Council also added two new members, Frank … Continue reading Alameda welcomes a new mayor while the previous one skips the swearing-in