We’ve Done Good Work, Alameda

We’ve Done Good Work, Alameda

Spring is around the corner and it is finally looking like we are moving out of the pandemic, so I wanted to share some news. I have made the decision that I will not be pursuing reelection this year, which means that 2022 will be my last year on Alameda’s City Council.

Back in 2018, before I was sworn in, I sat down and decided that I would legislate like I was only going to sit on the council for a single term and I set up three criteria that would need to be met for me to consider whether I would run for reelection: first and foremost, sitting on the council would need to work for me and my family; I would need to feel that I’d been successful in impacting issues that I campaigned on as a priority; and finally, as this is essentially a volunteer position, I would need to enjoy the time I was spending while working on council issues.

While I am extremely proud of the work that I have done despite a global pandemic, and while I’ve managed holding two jobs, I have realized that working 40+ hours a week and trying to be the kind of city councilmember I want to be (responsive, engaged, effective) takes its toll over time.

I wanted to be open and public with this information as it may inform the decisions that some folks make regarding whether or not to run in the 2022 campaign. And the decision doesn’t mean I’m done working at the council; I have a number of projects I’ll be continuing to shepherd and support in the coming nine months:
• Finalizing the Active Transportation Plan
• Certifying the City’s new housing element
• Finalizing the work on privacy and surveillance protections
• Kicking off a funded Universal Basic Income pilot
• Solidifying city plans for a new aquatic center, and
• Setting the city off on a new trajectory in engaging with our history, including continued engagement with the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people whose land was stolen, the impacts of which continue to be perpetuated today.

I cannot adequately express my gratitude for the opportunity that voters gave me to serve. I am looking forward to finishing off my term without losing steam on accomplishments, working hard with all of my colleagues for the next nine and a half months on behalf of Alameda. This will be followed immediately by a three-week vacation in Australia.

I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are healthy. I can’t say thank you enough to you and to our community for this opportunity to serve. I can only hope that I have done so honorably and effectively, I will continue to work to do so until the end of my term in office.

Editor’s note: Alameda City Councilmember John Knox White released this editorial on his social media feeds on Saturday, March 12.
John Knox White