Alameda Point: Desperately seeking attention

In a sign of the ironic things to come, approximately 40 people who didn’t vote for Mayor Beverly Johnson turned out at City Hall to protest her decision to support that Alameda Point project.

The iron-o-meter went off the charts over at ADN, where participant Don Roberts wrote:

A few minutes ago, a demonstration at City Hall against SunCal’s plans for Alameda Point was concluding.  There were over 100 demonstrators shouting in unison, “No More Lies, No More Lies”.

I couldn’t agree more.

Here’s Action Alameda’s photo of the event (He manages to only to overstate the attendance by about 50% because, it’s hard to count past 20).

the same-old people protesting someone they didnt vote for

the same-old people protesting someone they didn't vote for

The original ADN Post:

ADN Protest "coverage"

3 comments for “Alameda Point: Desperately seeking attention

  1. Michael Krueger
    March 31, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    It’s probably worth emphasizing that Monday’s protest went beyond merely protesting the actions of someone for whom you did not vote. Of course, this happens all the time; it’s doubtful that the people attending various protests of former president Bush’s policies actually voted for him.

    What’s amiss here is the faux shock and outrage over the mayor’s position on Alameda Point. Some of the people waving signs at the rally were the same ones accusing candidate Johnson of being “crooked” and “in the developer’s pocket.” The same folks who ridiculed the “Protect Measure A” on Johnson’s sign during the election now come before us, all but dabbing their eyes, claiming they feel personally betrayed by the mayor’s actions.

    To return to the Bush analogy, it would be as if a group had branded Bush a liar for calling himself “a uniter, not a divider” during the campaign, and then acted shocked—shocked!—when he turned out to be a divider, not a uniter, as president. In this situation it would be fine to point out that you were right all along, but ridiculous to feign surprise and feelings of personal betrayal.

  2. Helen Sause
    April 1, 2009 at 11:22 am

    It is sad to see those who make a habit of opposing things (most recently the Theatre ) are rallying on City Hall steps to protest the SunCal Plan. Bet if one checked that none of them have read the Plan through….if they had they might have been struck by the inaccuracies they were shouting.

    Just a quick note to say thank you for Mayor Johnson and Lena Tam’s leadership. The SunCal Plan may not be perfect – things seldom are but it reflects darn closely the goals in the Alameda General Plan and the confirmation of those goals from surveys and meetings held since SunCal came on board. And a large number of us are delighted at the support and leadership you ,Lena and Beverly have shown. I know that it is sometimes tough to alter earlier stated goals but it shows statesperson like demeanor to say that having seen the actual plan it is worthy of the voters consideration. And those who try to deny that right to determine Alameda’s course through intimidation are simply noisy bullies.

    These folks protest what is proposed they do not advocate for a way to make Alameda Point a productive part of the City.

    I hope that the rest of the Council will join in showing leadership.

  3. Dan
    April 1, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Michael, You are right. The protest signs would have been more accurate if they said, “We never believed you and we were right.” Helen, While there might be some of the same people, the theater protestors were a different group than the Measure A protestors. Also, there is absolutely nothing wrong with protesting your government.

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