Additional revelations from Alameda’s investigative report on council interference

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILA long-awaited investigative report from Southern California Attorney Michael Jenkins released Wednesday night found Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie violated the City Charter by sending a letter of recommendation for the firefighters union-preferred candidate to the city manager while using city letterhead. The finding may appear to be a glancing blow against Oddie given … Continue reading Additional revelations from Alameda’s investigative report on council interference

What to expect from Alameda investigator’s report on City Council interference

Alameda's report on council interference isscheduled to be released on Wednesday.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILIt's been six months since the Alameda City Council hired an independent investigator to probe a number of claims laid out by Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach in an Oct. 2 letter. Keimach alleged two Alameda elected officials, now identified as Councilmembers Jim … Continue reading What to expect from Alameda investigator’s report on City Council interference

Alameda may soon learn details of growing city manager scandal

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILFor the third time in as many months the Alameda City Council has scheduled a special closed session meeting, this one set for next Monday, April 16, 5 p.m., to discuss the growing political scandal pitting City Manager Jill Keimach against the City Council.The agenda released Monday afternoon references up to three potential … Continue reading Alameda may soon learn details of growing city manager scandal

Spouse of Alameda’s elected city auditor says housing at Alameda Point will bring low-income cars

A rendering for a portion of Phase 1 of theSite A plan at Alameda Point.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILWhen the Alameda City Council revisits an 800-unit housing and commercial development at Alameda Point tonight, known as "Site A," the spouse of the city's elected city auditor says she will be strongly against the plan, saying it will … Continue reading Spouse of Alameda’s elected city auditor says housing at Alameda Point will bring low-income cars

Alameda City Council calls special closed session next week; investigation believed to be topic

Alameda councilmembers met for five hoursduring a closed session in late January likelydiscussing the same item being heard Friday.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAn independent inquiry into allegations made last October by Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach against unnamed councilmembers may finally yield some answers next week.A special closed session meeting scheduled for Mar. 9 at 1:30 p.m. … Continue reading Alameda City Council calls special closed session next week; investigation believed to be topic

2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part III – July-Sept: Fire Fight Ignites in Alameda

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSControversy hit two historically quiet East Bay hamlets during the summer months. First, came Piedmont Mayor Jeff Wieler's Facebook postings and conversation that denigrated African Americans and the LGBT communities. Piedmonters called Wieler out for comments. He apologized but the rancor was too much for his council colleagues who urged … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part III – July-Sept: Fire Fight Ignites in Alameda

With a backlog of uninspected buildings, Alameda reinstates dormant Fire Prevention Bureau

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAgainst the backdrop of two tragic and potentially avoidable building fires in Oakland, the Alameda City Council approved funding to reinstate a Fire Prevention Bureau that was gutted seven years ago due to budget constraints due to the Great Recession.The council voted, 4-1, to allocate funding for the hiring of three firefighters at … Continue reading With a backlog of uninspected buildings, Alameda reinstates dormant Fire Prevention Bureau

EBC AGENDA — April 14-20 – ALAMEDA COUNTY budget shortfall – ALAMEDA hopes to avoid another GHOST SHIP – BONTA buzz

THE WEEK OF APRIL 14-20Spring Break and Easter in the rearview window, East Bay government begins to heat up again and many of the pressing questions that will begin to be asked revolve around the upcoming budget season.Here's your highlights for the coming week:➤Alameda County supervisors continue their slate of budget hearings next week and … Continue reading EBC AGENDA — April 14-20 – ALAMEDA COUNTY budget shortfall – ALAMEDA hopes to avoid another GHOST SHIP – BONTA buzz

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCiL PREVIEW: A tipping point for Alameda’s future

Clockwise from left: Alameda Councilmembers Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Tony Daysog; Lena Tam, Malia Vella, and Jennifer Roloff are seeking two open seats this November. MEET THE CANDIDATESThis five-person race is led by the incumbents. Councilmember MARILYN EZZY ASHCRAFT was easily the leading vote-getter four years ago with nearly a quarter of the vote. She supports smart … Continue reading ALAMEDA CITY COUNCiL PREVIEW: A tipping point for Alameda’s future

Alameda firefighter featured in No on Prop. 53 commercial

ELECTION 2016 | An Alameda firefighter is featured in No on Proposition 53 ads soon to saturate the airwaves over the next three weeks.The proposition carried by Stockton businessman Dino Cortopassi would require voters to approve individual state public works projects costing more $2 billion before the revenue bonds can be issued.The proposition is opposed … Continue reading Alameda firefighter featured in No on Prop. 53 commercial

Alameda mayor, councilman’s vote did not break the law, says city attorney

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer and CouncilmemberTony Daysog voted against funding its public safetypension trust fund angering unions.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Did Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer and Councilmember Tony Daysog break the law earlier this month when they voted against funding a previously approved employee pension trust fund? “The short answer is no,” Alameda City Attorney Janet … Continue reading Alameda mayor, councilman’s vote did not break the law, says city attorney

Alameda firefighters’ union boss says mayor, councilmember broke labor laws

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer and CouncilmemberTony Daysog were accused by the firefighters' unionpresident Tuesday night of breaking labor laws. ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | What appeared to be a simple administrative staff request to appropriate $3 million to further seed a city employee pension trust fund negotiated last April has reignited the perennial debate over unfunded liabilities … Continue reading Alameda firefighters’ union boss says mayor, councilmember broke labor laws

Alameda has the coolest school board member in the East Bay

Newly-appointed Alameda School Trustee Gray Harris.ALAMEDA SCHOOL BOARD | Alameda’s newest school board member is striking at first glance. With a set of evenly placed tattoos from her shoulders to her elbows and two-toned shocks of blond and copper hair, Gray Harris draws attention. During an interview at a Park Street coffee shop in September, … Continue reading Alameda has the coolest school board member in the East Bay

Ingredients for an Alameda political controversy: rice, hugging and clapping

Alameda Mayor Trish SpencerMayor told Filipino sister city group her kids eat riceALAMEDA | There was an audible gasp followed by quizzical looks from a crowd earlier this month when Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer welcomed dignitaries from Dumaguete City — Alameda’s sister city in the Philippines. And now some people are calling Spencer’s comments … Continue reading Ingredients for an Alameda political controversy: rice, hugging and clapping

The wild and wacky in Alameda politics

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer's first few months in office have been turbulent and highlighted by extremely lengthy meetings and passive aggressive comments amount council colleagues. ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | After viewing a video recording of the March 3 Alameda City Council meeting, blogger Lauren Do called it “my all-time favorite TV show episode.” Do favorably compared … Continue reading The wild and wacky in Alameda politics