Freaky Friday

The Council’s OSH decision has been much talked about this week, I’ve received emails about it from friends, the blogs have continued to expound theories, letters to the editor have looked very much like the blogs and it occurred to me that we haveĀ  a very simple solution to sales tax conundrum caused by the Auto dealerships leaving. Don’t let them leave.

Apparently, the illegality of the council prohibiting OSH from coming to town is no big deal when it comes to saving our communities hand-picked businesses (and let me say that I’m extremely sympathetic to the ideas behind the “save Paganos, Save Enicinal Hardware, Save Encinal Nursery, etc.etc” cries. Our family tries hard to spend our money at these places. Literally putting our money where our mouth is).

And since it’s Friday and the weather’s nice, and we all just want to slip into the weekend, just for fun let’s extend this logic to the idea of a Peoples of Alameda Democratic Republic plan for economic development:

  1. Identify which businesses are acceptable in Alameda. This should plan should consist of at least a dozen public meetings and then go to the voters who will all agree on the consensus plan unanimously.
  2. Identify the parcels of land where these businesses should be allowed.
  3. Then the work is easy, the council, who were originally elected to guide planning decisions, can easily refer to a check-off list of whether businesses can move here or away. We might choose to allow for flexibility in ownership, just to give the council some faux-sense of actual decision making. They can perhaps demand the personal financial records of applicants and ask embarrassing personal questions. (though we could take this power away from them and just let anyone post questions from the internet with no vetting for substance or validity to questions or claims.)

Next week: Alameda 2.0! Join the AP&T Wiki and write their commercial marketing plan for them!

2 comments for “Freaky Friday

  1. Jeff Mitchell
    September 27, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    John, John, John … What we need on the Alameda City Council are fewer lawyers and more leaders. We need leaders that understand that politics is all about the art of the possible and thinking outside of the box — not just towing the line coming from a hegemonic city staff. I do think when it comes to making choices about major tenants in our city’s shopping centers that our council should be able to determine whether a given retailer makes for a good fit. I’m not here to say one way or another whether OSH makes for that so-called ‘good fit’ at ATC. It very well might. I’m also not guessing whether such a store will automatically put Encinal Hardware and Pagano’s out of business. (I sure hope that is not the case.) What I am saying is that our elected council members (in the case of the OSH decision, four of them, that is) failed to properly react to the concerns of the community and their constituents about the suitability of this particular retailer. In so doing they displayed a high level of political tone deafness rarely seen. Of course, maybe asking this kind of leadership of a “part time” council is unfair. Maybe we Alamedans ought to take the step of making council positions full-time gigs. Certainly the responsibility that we heap on them now would easily merit such a change. Under such a scenario we would pay them a decent salary, give them benefits and staff support. Perhaps only then we could expect and get city council members who would be true political leaders and not just bureaucratic rubber stamps. Oh, and one more thing, John — long live the People’s Republic of Alameda!

  2. Edmundo Delmundo
    September 29, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Why does our Council get involved in this level of decision?

    I don’t vote for Council members to micro manage City property managers and landlords. It appears that our lower level organizations and committees can’t get their jobs done.

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