Alameda set to give city attorney a 2-year contract extension

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILWhile embattled Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach was dealing with the fallout of a potential illegal wiretapping charge earlier this month, she dropped a bombshell allegation against the island's city attorney.Keimach alleged she consulted with Alameda City Attorney Janet Kern before secretly recording Councilmembers Jim Oddie and Malia Vella sometime prior to their … Continue reading Alameda set to give city attorney a 2-year contract extension

Alameda city attorney will ask City Council to refer Keimach taping case to D.A.

The Alameda City Council will discuss thepossible termination of City Manager JillKeimach on Monday night.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILA day after Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach admitted to unlawfully recording two councilmembers without their consent, Alameda City Attorney Janet Kern said she will consult with the City Council on whether they want to refer the case to … Continue reading Alameda city attorney will ask City Council to refer Keimach taping case to D.A.

What We Know: Alameda City Manager Scandal — Keimach admits to recordings; later implicates city attorney

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL➤On Thursday, I reported for the East Bay Express that Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach secretly recorded a conversation between two Alameda councilemembers and, separately, a city department manager. An attorney representing Keimach denied she did anything wrong. Keimach, in fact, is who gave the recordings to the investigator hired by the City … Continue reading What We Know: Alameda City Manager Scandal — Keimach admits to recordings; later implicates city attorney

Alameda City Council approves independent probe into city manager’s interference claims

Over the shoulder of Assemblymember RobBonta, Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer, Council-members Malia Vella, Jim Oddie, and City Manager Jill Keimach duirng at a councilmeeting Tuesday.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAccusations made by Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach earlier this month alleging interference in the selection of the city's next fire chief will be investigated by an independent probe, the … Continue reading Alameda City Council approves independent probe into city manager’s interference claims

Alameda, citing sanctuary city policy, rejects federal grant

ALAMEDAMonths after Alameda became one of the first cities in the county to pass legislation declaring sanctuary city status, they now may be the first to reject a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.Last week, Alameda city officials declined to sign a document required by the Department of Justice in order to apply … Continue reading Alameda, citing sanctuary city policy, rejects federal grant

‘We have your back’: Alameda becomes a sanctuary city

A rally outside Alameda City Hall Tuesday in support of sanctuary city status attracted one protester displaying the photo of Kate Steinle, who was murdered by an undocumented immigrant last year in San Francisco.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda is now a sanctuary city after the City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night that it believes gives some protections for residents who could potentially … Continue reading ‘We have your back’: Alameda becomes a sanctuary city

Alameda council files FPPC complaint over mystery campaign mailers

Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog duringthe Dec. 6 council meeting.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Just weeks before Election Day, some Alameda voters received highly negative mailers against Councilmember Tony Daysog. However, the mailers equating Daysog to Donald Trump and accusing him of participating in a pay-to-play scheme for campaign contribution. Notably, each failed to identify who was behind … Continue reading Alameda council files FPPC complaint over mystery campaign mailers

It’s 3am, do you know what the Alameda City Council is doing? City staff isn’t sure

Alameda Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraftreviewed the nine-hour Jan. 5 meeting andconcluded she looked "punch drunk."ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | After more than five hours of public testimony at the Jan. 6 Alameda City Council meeting, Mayor Trish Spencer called for a 10-minute break. At 12:35 a.m., and with little evidence the council's deliberations over three proposed … Continue reading It’s 3am, do you know what the Alameda City Council is doing? City staff isn’t sure

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’s new mayor tosses a Hail Mary right out the gate

GO LARGE: Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer is showing signs of being a political risk-taker.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer upset her predecessor Marie Gilmore over one issue: stanching the pace of development on the island. When, in the last throes of its tenure, the previous City Council approved an 11-acre, 380-unit housing and commercial development … Continue reading Alameda’s new mayor tosses a Hail Mary right out the gate