Alameda city manager, in memo, alleges councilmembers illegally interfered in selection of fire chief

Alameda City Hall is again in upheaval after its citymanager alleged some councilmembers violated itsCity Charter.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda City Manager Jill Keimach, in a memo sent to the City Council earlier this month, alleged that some elected city officials illegally pressured her to hire a union-backed candidate for the open fire chief position. Interference by … Continue reading Alameda city manager, in memo, alleges councilmembers illegally interfered in selection of fire chief

Alameda names new fire chief amid criticism of city manager’s handling of hiring process

Alameda's new fire chief Ed Rodriguez's firstday on the job is Nov. 13.ALAMEDAAlameda City Manager Jill Keimach on Tuesday named Ed Rodriguez as the city's next fire chief. Rodriguez previously headed the Salinas Fire Department and replaces Alameda Fire Chief Doug Long, who retired last month. But controversial over the selection process was already roiling … Continue reading Alameda names new fire chief amid criticism of city manager’s handling of hiring process

Alameda city manager’s choice of a new fire chief could put her in the hot seat

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda's city manager is in a tough bind. With the retirement of Alameda Fire Chief Doug Long last week, City Manager Jill Keimach is likely to tab an outsider to lead the fire department, according to sources, possibly this week.But Keimach, who was only hired in March 2016, is facing enormous pressure to … Continue reading Alameda city manager’s choice of a new fire chief could put her in the hot seat

Assembly speaker’s gravy train comes to Bonta’s 18th District

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | It’s doubtful many in the 18th District know Toni Atkins is the speaker of the State Assembly. For the uninitiated, ostensibly, she is Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s boss in the Legislature (of course, excluding his ultimate boss—us.)So, what do you do when the boss needs help from one of her most … Continue reading Assembly speaker’s gravy train comes to Bonta’s 18th District

Alameda Police Chief Retires After 27 Years On The Force

Alameda Police Chief Michael NoonanALAMEDA | Police Chief Michael Noonan is retiring after 27 years at the department. Noonan leaves his post June 1, but stays on as a consultant until his replacement is named sometime later this year. Captain Paul Rolleri will become interim chief starting in June. Noonan, 51, has been police chief since … Continue reading Alameda Police Chief Retires After 27 Years On The Force

Judge: ‘No Moral Blame’ On Alameda Public Safety Officials For Not Averting Drowning

ALAMEDA | The death of Raymond Zack on a bright Memorial Day in 2011 brought unwanted national shame upon the island community of Alameda when it became clear members of the police and fire department sat idly and watched the large 53-year-old man drown in the bay waters at Crown Beach.On Monday, an Alameda County Superior … Continue reading Judge: ‘No Moral Blame’ On Alameda Public Safety Officials For Not Averting Drowning

Alameda Council Candidate Proposes Plan To Lessen Unfunded Pension Liabilities

Tony DaysogELECTION '12//ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Never shy to stray from the Democratic Party's prevailing wisdom, Alameda city council candidate Tony Daysog says he has a plan to alleviate the city's perplexing unfunded liabilities without affecting municipal services.Exactly how much Alameda is on the hook when it comes its obligations to current and retired public employee … Continue reading Alameda Council Candidate Proposes Plan To Lessen Unfunded Pension Liabilities

Alameda Group Files Petition to Recall Assembly Candidate Rob Bonta

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 18/ALAMEDA | By SHANE BOND | The CitizenELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 18/ALAMEDA | In Alameda, a familiar adversary for most of its City Council has collected over 40 signatures for a recall campaign against current 18th Assembly District frontrunner, Rob Bonta. Late last month, the Alameda city clerk was served with a request that Bonta, … Continue reading Alameda Group Files Petition to Recall Assembly Candidate Rob Bonta

On Shaky Journalistic Grounds, Alameda Bloggers Gain The Scalp Of Pesky Rival

Mar. 22, 2012 | When a well-known Alameda blogger and critic of city government, including its public safety agencies, was charged Monday with misdemeanor battery of his wife, knives long sharpened by members of the community and bloggers swiftly came out for his scalp. The blogger long known for being a thorn in the side … Continue reading On Shaky Journalistic Grounds, Alameda Bloggers Gain The Scalp Of Pesky Rival

Answers In the Crown Beach Drowning Hard To Come By As Alamedans Press Public Safety

ALAMEDA | Oct. 12, 2011 | The former state fire chief hired earlier this year to investigated the tragic drowning of Alameda resident Raymond Zack faulted the city’s public safety agencies for its inaction and institutional jealousy, but failed to shed new light on why the distressed man could not be saved last Memorial Day.“I believe the decision was not … Continue reading Answers In the Crown Beach Drowning Hard To Come By As Alamedans Press Public Safety

Report Finds Alameda Fire Failed to Say Water Rescue Program No Longer Existed Before Drowning

Sept. 30, 2011 | A long-awaited report investigating the drowning of an Alameda resident at Crown Beach last Memorial Day forcefully criticized the city’s fire and police department as disorganized in their response and woefully unaware of each others policies and capabilities.“Not providing public safety personnel with the tools and training necessary to respond to … Continue reading Report Finds Alameda Fire Failed to Say Water Rescue Program No Longer Existed Before Drowning