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Former Councilman Daysog running for mayor

Submitted by on 1, February 4, 2010 – 6:00 am2 Comments

The body count – err, candidate count for the mayor’s race has risen to four, with former City Councilman Tony Daysog’s announcement on Wednesday that he’s throwing his hat in the ring.

“I am announcing my candidacy for the Office of Mayor of Alameda. I will make a formal announcement in 10 to 14 days,” Daysog announced to his 21 Twitter followers on Wednesday afternoon with a link to a campaign website.

Daysog’s site says he wants to broaden access to City Hall; create a transit-oriented, mixed-use development at Alameda Point and place the city on a path to fiscal sustainability. A separate e-mail that was forwarded to The Island said Daysog would focus on planning-related issues across the Island, not just at the Point.

Daysog sat on the City Council from 1996 to 2006, and served as the city’s vice mayor from 1998 to 2000 and 2002 to 2004. He has a master’s degree in city planning from the University at California, Berkeley and works for a Walnut Creek-based economic development consulting company.

Daysog also runs a local blog site touting the merits of the city’s West End and has been a frequent commenter on local issues.

He could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday night regarding his announcement.

Daysog’s announcement makes him the fourth person to formally enter the mayor’s race. Councilwoman Marie Gilmore was the first to declare she intended to run, followed by former Councilman Hadi Monsef and current Councilman Frank Matarrese.


  • Tony Daysog says:

    Thanks, Michelle, for the write-up. Greatly appreciated. Apologies for not getting back early enough. (Kinks I will need to smoothen out as the campaign unfolds). — Tony

  • Tony Daysog says:

    If there was one thing I would have added in chatting with you last night (had I promptly returned your call — my bad!), it would be this: we need to plan our quality of life.

    The need to plan most certainly applies to Alameda Point in the sense of sticking to the community based vision for the former military base that was developed back in 1996, and refined and improved over the time by residents.

    We can't simply change our vision wholesale in a willy-nilly fashion. The talk about abandoning redeveloping AP with a private sector developer and replacing this approach with long-term leases in a public sector-led conversion . . . is simply not credible.

    We need to plan our quality of life — come up with the best plans for AP or our neighborhoods — and stick with it. Improve and refine it here and there, but, on the whole, stick with it.

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