Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer is violating the city charter

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer, right, during aCity Council meeting in July.ALAMEDA | Alameda's city charter, like many others in the East Bay, gives more day-to-day administrative power to its city manager than to the mayor.It's a distinction many constituents in Alameda and beyond are not familiar with. It's apparently, a fact Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer … Continue reading Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer is violating the city charter

Alameda rent control measure, backed by tenants, qualifies for November ballot

Alameda Community Developement DirectorDebbie Potter at Tuesday's council meeting.ALAMEDA | RENTS | Alameda voters will have a chance this fall to decide whether to enact rent control on the Island. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office on Wednesday certified the renters-backed measure for the November ballot, setting the stage for a contentious fall campaign … Continue reading Alameda rent control measure, backed by tenants, qualifies for November ballot

Alameda: Three ballot measures on a collision course for November

Members of the Alameda Renters Coalition file a proposed rent control ballot measure Feb. 29at Alameda City Hall.ALAMEDA | RENTAL CRISIS | Standing on the corner of Central Avenue and Park Street on an unseasonably warm April afternoon, Charlie Edwards saw a group of pedestrians poised to cross the street. Edwards, 77, clipboard in hand, was gathering … Continue reading Alameda: Three ballot measures on a collision course for November

Did Alameda’s landmark Measure A create the housing crisis of today?

Tenants at risk for mass evictions at 470 Centralin Alameda. PHOTOS/Steven TavaresALAMEDA | MEASURE A | Kofman Auditorium was a historically intriguing site for the city of Alameda to direct a crowd expected to be large and potentially unruly for a highly anticipated January council meeting on a possible rent ordinance. Officials said they moved … Continue reading Did Alameda’s landmark Measure A create the housing crisis of today?

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

The Kevins

Were Alameda's elected financial experts correct about the city's unfunded liabilities?ALAMEDA | They share the same name and middle initial. Their surnames sound similar. So, too, has the fiscal advice that each has offered the Alameda City Council over the years.City Treasurer Kevin Kennedy and City Auditor Kevin Kearney—The Kevins, in shorthand—have become Alameda’s version … Continue reading The Kevins

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

John Russo, Alameda’s big fish, moves to a bigger pond

Alameda City Manager John Russo accepteda new job in Riverside last February.ALAMEDA | Outgoing Alameda City Manager John Russo likes to use sports metaphors. So, when news broke in February that Russo, along with his oversize personality, was leaving the Island for a new opportunity and greater compensation in Riverside, the response from city officials … Continue reading John Russo, Alameda’s big fish, moves to a bigger pond

What does Don do for Alameda?

Former State Senate Pro Tem Don Perata is makinga good living in his second career as a lobbyist.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Following Don Perata’s unsuccessful bid in 2010 to be Oakland’s next mayor, one of the East Bay’s political giants was out of the game. But, like many well-connected politicians before him, he turned to … Continue reading What does Don do for Alameda?

Alameda’s Mayor Trish Spencer has overcome the odds many times before

ALAMEDA | Trish Herrera Spencer had been told that she couldn’t do something so many times before she pulled off the mammoth upset of Alameda’s incumbent mayor in November that the latest round of naysayers was almost imperceptible to her ears. As a second child of five children who arrived in the South Gate neighborhood … Continue reading Alameda’s Mayor Trish Spencer has overcome the odds many times before

Alamedans showed election indeed have consequences

Mayor Marie Gilmore: one and done.ALAMEDA | MAYOR | Alameda Mayor-elect Trish Spencer was discussing her victory. “Do you really know why I ran?” she asked. “Because nobody else did.”And so, with the simplest of intentions, began one of the biggest electoral upsets in the entire East Bay. Spencer, a long-time school board member, filed … Continue reading Alamedans showed election indeed have consequences