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

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

No longer a reason for East Bay pols to fear pension-buster Daniel Borenstein; he was wrong, you were right

BANG editorial writer Daniel Borenstein led the pension reform debate for years, but it failed to scare East Bay officials to join his calls for austerity.Prola: 'I don't respect him. I don't respect his paper'By Darwin BondGraham and Steven TavaresPENSION REFORM DEBATE | "Dan needs no introduction," said Richmond Mayor Tom Butt at an April city council meeting, as … Continue reading No longer a reason for East Bay pols to fear pension-buster Daniel Borenstein; he was wrong, you were right

Alameda firefighters say audio recording shows mayor making inflammatory comments about them, council colleagues

Alameda Firefighters union says they obtained arecording of Mayor Trish Spencer speakingcritical of them and two  council colleagues.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | The day after the Alameda City Council approved new public safety contracts last month, Mayor Trish Spencer made inflammatory comments against a current council member, in addition, to now former City Manager John Russo, … Continue reading Alameda firefighters say audio recording shows mayor making inflammatory comments about them, council colleagues

John Russo to Alameda’s mayor: ‘I need you to get control of the chamber’

A quiet mayhem has often highlighted recent council meetings in Alameda. Blogger Lauren Do captured one such scene in this video that precipitates a shocking admonishment of Mayor Trish Spencer by City Manager John Russo.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Oakland City Hall is no longer the epicenter of visible government dysfunction in the East Bay. It's … Continue reading John Russo to Alameda’s mayor: ‘I need you to get control of the chamber’