The Alamedan: ELECTION 2014: SPENCER ELECTED MAYOR, November 12, 2014


Alameda voters have narrowly elected schools trustee Trish Spencer as their mayor in a stunning electoral upset, effectively abandoning a dozen years of progressive, pro-development leadership in favor of a populist mayor who has promised to slow development of the Island.


The council is scheduled to consider a proposal on Tuesday to negotiate a development deal with Alameda Point Partners to construct 800 homes plus commercial space in a planned waterfront town center at Alameda Point; a second negotiating agreement with a to-be-named developer for a proposed commercial campus is pending. City staffers hope to have a town center development plan and business deal before the council by May of 2015.

Spencer had promised to slow development on the Island, while Councilman-elect Frank Matarrese said he’d champion job growth, parks and open space at the Point. Two sitting council members – Tony Daysog and Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft – voted in favor of the city’s general development parameters for the Point in February, and Councilman-elect Jim Oddie said that he also favors the city’s recently approved plan.