City of Alameda Democratic Club a Farce

Well, at least they aren’t pretending to hear both sides like they usually do… 

Tomorrow night’s City of Alameda Denocratic Club forum will discuss the utility tax measure, the rent control measures and the school parcel tax measure, but only from one side. Opponents of these measures were not invited to speak. 

How very UNdemocratic.

The move represents a new low in Alameda machine politics as the controlling inner ring has abandoned even the pretense of civil discussion over the issues.

The City of Alameda Democratic Club has abandoned all pretense of civil discourse over local issues.

The City of Alameda Democratic Club has abandoned all pretense of civil discourse over local issues.

Alameda Utility Modernization Act is Really a Tax Increase that Requires a 2/3rd Vote

Alameda city staff presentation explaining that the Utility Modernization Act "expands" the things that are taxed - a tax increase.

Alameda city staff presentation explaining that the Utility Modernization Act “expands” the things that are taxed – a tax increase.

City staffers and the public safety unions – who stand to get a pay raise and pension boost from it – keep trying spin the Utility Modernization Act (Measure K1) as something other than a tax increase. But it clearly is a tax increase that demands a 2/3rd vote under state law.
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