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(Op-Ed) Mayor Supporting Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft for City Council

Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore writes why her vote is going towards City Council candidate Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft.

From Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore:

As Mayor of Alameda, I have considered all of the candidates running for City Council in Tuesday’s election. I hope you will join me in voting for Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft for City Council.

Marilyn has a stellar record. She’s spent 16 years serving our community. In her 6 years on the Alameda Planning Board, she’s helped bring new businesses and jobs to Alameda and revitalize our commercial districts.

In her 6 years on the Hospital Board, she championed affordable healthcare and fiscal responsibility.

She also led the campaign that enabled us to save Alameda Hospital, and was co-chair of the campaign to build our Main Library.

Marilyn’s record is impressive and her commitment to Alameda is deep. Please join me, former mayor Beverly Johnson, Sierra Club, the Democratic Party, and many others in casting your ballot for Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft for Alameda City Council on Tuesday.

Avrage Guy November 06, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Marilyn is waaaay to close to the City Manager, thus I believe it's dangerous to have that relationship. She will cater to Russo. She is certainly part of the inner circle of politicians in Alameda, thus we don't gain anything by having her elected. Same ole, same ole.
Jon Spangler November 06, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Carol, Marilyn is talking about improving our public health and transportation when she talks about getting people out of their cars to walk more. She never included those with limited mobility in any of those arguments and you know that. No one--including Marilyn--is trying to limit your ability to get around.
Jon Spangler November 06, 2012 at 06:19 PM
NYBORN, Not true. She--like many current council members--has taken on John Russo. And she does so effectively, but not always in public. (Communication is more effective that way. As an experienced mediator, Marilyn knows this.) Rest assured, our current elected officials--and all of the candidates running for City Council--are independent thinkers who are quite capable of telling John Russo what to do. And Marilyn will, too. The current City Council makes public policy and tells John Russo what to do: that's their job, not his, and they have done so very well, especially since 2010. You claim that Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft is in the "inner circle of politicians in Alameda." Perhaps you see her being in that inner circle because she is actively involved in our community and makes it her h job to be very well informed? These characteristics in Marilyn are why I am supporting her. I do not want to have anyone on the City Council who is uninformed or ineffective.
Avrage Guy November 06, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Jon. Excellent feedback. Thank you. I will look deeper before I get to the poles this afternoon.
Jon Spangler November 07, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Jack and NYBORN, I agree with you that Jane is intelligent, capable, independent, and thoughtful. I trust her sense of integrity as well as her thorough approach to every issue she has faced. (Ionly wish that she had additional experience outside of the Golf Commission with other city issues like transportation, energy, public safety, or planning.) But every candidate who accepts contributions--no matter what the source or how large the check--needs to maintain her/his independence despite the inevitable sense of obligation that financial contributions create. I see no reason to doubt the integrity of anyone running for the City Council or who sits on it now. No one currently in office acts like a "rubber stamp" for city staff and I do not expect that dynamic to change. The public safety unions only wanted basic respect from the city--something that was missing before 2011 when we had an interim city manager. The unions' willingness to renegotiate their contracts--which will come with inevitable "give-backs"--is largely due to the unions' recently-recovered sense that their presence at the table will be as partners in problem solving, not as adversaries needing to be defeated or busted. I am glad that this positive attitude has returned to city-union negotiations and discussions. It is the only way Alameda will find durable and successful solutions to its financial challenges, be they in the General Fund or the unfunded pension and benefit liabilities.

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