Keimach wanted city to pay any potential legal defense costs

Now former Alameda city manager Jill Keimach settled for a $900,000 payout this week, but she was asking for me, including having taxpayers pay for any potential criminal defense

Will ALAMEDA city manager appear for special open session job evaluation?

At late hour, city does not know whether Keimach will show up tonight (UPDATE) Whether or not an unusual Alameda City Council special open session Tuesday night intended to allow embattled Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach a chance to publicly air her own job performance review is still up in the air hours before the … Continue reading Will ALAMEDA city manager appear for special open session job evaluation?

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

Alameda investigator finds Oddie violated charter, also says specific section needs revisions

Despite a number of explosive allegations, thereport found Jim Oddie's violation occurredafter he sent a letter of recommendation forthe fire chief candidate favored by the firefighters.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda Councilmember Jim Oddie was found to have violated the City Charter's provision that prohibits political interference. But the independent investigator's report released Wednesday evening was, at the … Continue reading Alameda investigator finds Oddie violated charter, also says specific section needs revisions

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 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 manager secretly recorded meeting with two councilmbers

Jill KeimachALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda City Manager Jill Keimach surreptitiously recorded a conversation with two Alameda councilmembers at a meeting that is at the center of the city's on-going political scandal.Over the course of the city's nearly six-month investigation into claims by Keimach that councilmembers illegally interfered with her powers to hire a new fire chief, … Continue reading Alameda city manager secretly recorded meeting with two councilmbers

John Knox White is running for Alameda City Council

John Knox White is the first to officiallyenter the race for Alameda City Council.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--John Knox White, a well-known city activist and former Alameda Planning Board member, is the first to officially declare their candidacy for this fall's likely contentious Alameda City Council election.“I love Alameda. For the past 16 years, I’ve raised … Continue reading John Knox White is running for Alameda City Council

At 11 p.m. sharp, Alameda council meeting abruptly adjourns with no decision on ballot measure

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAs the clock inched toward 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Alameda councilmembers not only were concentrating on a decision whether to place a $95 million bond measure on the June ballot, they were also racing against time.The city's sunshine ordinance requires the council to vote on whether to extend regular meetings past 10:30 p.m. … Continue reading At 11 p.m. sharp, Alameda council meeting abruptly adjourns with no decision on ballot measure

A five-hour Alameda City Council closed session with no explanation, only speculation

A special closed session Alameda City Councilmeeting started at 3:30 p.m. last Tuesday andended at 8:25 p.m. What did they talk about?ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILFor nearly five hours last Tuesday the Alameda City Council sat in a special closed meeting. When they emerged at 8:25 p.m., no announcement as to what they were discussing was made.Many, … Continue reading A five-hour Alameda City Council closed session with no explanation, only speculation

Bereft of housing, Alameda City Council sinks 589-unit housing development for now

The Alameda City Council put on hold Tuesdaya  proposed 589-unit Encinal Terminals projecton the Northern Waterfront.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILIn a city that has long resisted meeting minimum state standards for the creation of new housing, the Alameda Council Tuesday night denied a 589-unit waterfront housing and retail development, at least, for the time being.A portion of the … Continue reading Bereft of housing, Alameda City Council sinks 589-unit housing development for now

Alameda police chief leads a chorus of support for embattled city manager

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri added another level of intrigue to the on-going controversy stemming from the hire of a new fire chief Tuesday night when he lead a group of city department heads in standing in support of City Manager Jill Keimach."We here to affirm there is stability within the city and … Continue reading Alameda police chief leads a chorus of support for embattled city manager

Alamedans will vote on landlord-backed rent measure in 2018

A petitioner on Park Street in Alameda lastJuly seeking a signature for a landlords-backed ballot measure.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILOver the past 18 months, Alameda has seen a number of rent-related ballot measures come and go. Some, like two competing rent control measure last November actually made the ballot, while other proposals have fizzled early or failed … Continue reading Alamedans will vote on landlord-backed rent measure in 2018