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Alameda Police Officers Association Clarifies Endorsements

Disclosure statement on a firefighters union election mailer. (Action Alameda News)

Disclosure statement on a firefighters union election mailer. (Action Alameda News)

The president of the Alameda Police Officers Association released a letter today clarifying its local election endorsements, in response to a firefighters union mailer that hit Alameda mailboxes over the weekend.

In the letter, Alan Kuboyama wrote, “On October 15, 2016, I was made aware of a flyer mailed to Alameda residents which listed the Alameda Police Officers Association as having endorsed a slew of Candidates and Measures. There appears to have been miscommunication. For that, I take full responsibility.”

The local firefighters union political action committee sponsored the mailer, which endorses seven candidates for local offices, including city council and school board, and two ballot measures.

The mailer prominently displays an endorsement from Jeff Delbono, president of the local firefighters union, and from Kuboyama.

The firefighters have been raising and spending tens of thousands of dollars in support of their slate this election season, through their eponymous committee and through another committee, Alamedans United, which paid for an attack mailer last week on incumbent councilmember Tony Daysog.

For his part, Kuboyama says that, “to date, the only local candidates the Alameda Police Officers Association has endorsed are Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Malia Vella.”

The association has also endorsed Measure K1, the utility users tax modernization ballot measure, that promises to raise an additional estimated $1.7 million in tax revenue for the general fund, from which it can be spent on any city service, including public safety.

Last month, on behalf of the police officers association, Kuboyama tore into Mayor Trish Spencer over her inquiries to the police chief regarding a resident’s allegation of racial bias on the part of an Alameda officer.

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