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

Former Alameda city manager John Russo fired in Riverside

John Russo left the Alameda City Manager'sOffice in February 2015.ALAMEDAWith Alameda's city manager situation in a state of disarray, comes news its former top administrator, John Russo, was fired Wednesday from the same position in Riverside.Russo left Alameda in 2015 to become Riverside's city manager and was replaced in March 2016 by Jill Keimach, whose … Continue reading Former Alameda city manager John Russo fired in Riverside

LAST 5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

Rebecca Kaplan is going to sweep into theAD15 race late and take it.ELECTION 2018➤I think its absolutely useless to do an analysis of the 15th Assembly District's current large field of candidates because the person who will sworn-in December 2018 is even in the race yet. I think sometime early next year, Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan will … Continue reading LAST 5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

Keimach becomes Alameda’s next city manager; mayor inexplicably votes no

Jill Keimach's four-year contract includes a$245,000 annual base salary.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Alameda named its next city manager Tuesday night, but without the support of Mayor Trish Spencer. In an almost unprecedented move, Spencer was the lone vote against officially hiring Jill Keimach as the city’s new city manager. Spencer also opposed in closed session earlier … Continue reading Keimach becomes Alameda’s next city manager; mayor inexplicably votes no

Moraga town manager to be named Alameda’s next city manager

Jill Keimach has served as Moraga's town managersince Nov. 2010.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Moraga Town Manager Jill Keimach has accepted an offer to become Alameda’s next city manager, the city announced Wednesday.The Alameda City Council is expected to formally approve the hiring at its Jan. 19 meeting. If approved, Keimach’s first day will be Mar. … Continue reading Moraga town manager to be named Alameda’s next city manager

UPDATE: A’s strike out again at fan displaying an anti-ownership banner

A visual display in 2010 of disenchantment toward Oakland A's ownership. PHOTO/CSNBayAreaOAKLAND | An A's fan was escorted out of the Oakland Coliseum during Monday's night's game for displaying a sign the team's management may have found offensive. And it's not the first time the team has reacted in this manner when facing some of its fans … Continue reading UPDATE: A’s strike out again at fan displaying an anti-ownership banner

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

Alameda mayor again called out for off-the-cuff comments

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer and CouncilmemberJim Oddie had testy exchange Tuesday.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | On the same day the Alameda firefighters union criticized Mayor Trish Spencer for comments she made in private against them and other council colleagues, comes another alleged off-the-cuff remark.Councilmember Jim Oddie said Spencer told an Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) official … Continue reading Alameda mayor again called out for off-the-cuff comments

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

Some in Alameda continue to press for severe austerity measure despite upturn

Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie notedlast month the city's 2011 forecast for FY2015turned out to be $52 million off the mark.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Alamedans admittedly have an island mentality. The city, in fact, is an island, but when it comes to unfunded liabilities and dwindling state and federal money for city services, it is no … Continue reading Some in Alameda continue to press for severe austerity measure despite upturn

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

Alameda’s interim city manager will earn more than her predecessor, John Russo

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Last month, Alameda City Manager John Russo's assistant, Liz Warmerdam, was tabbed by the City Council to replace him on interim basis.In March, Russo accepted a $295,000 contract to become the next city manager of Riverside, starting May 4. The opportunity was a significant boost in salary over his $215,000 contract in … Continue reading Alameda’s interim city manager will earn more than her predecessor, John Russo

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’

Warmerdam in line to be named Alameda interim city manager

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | With Alameda City Manager John Russo announcing he is taking the same position in Riverside, who will run the day-to-day operations of city government in the interim?City Hall sources say Assistant City Manager Liz Warmerdam will be named Russo’s temporary replacement.Alameda currently has two assistant city managers, but the choice of … Continue reading Warmerdam in line to be named Alameda interim city manager

UPDATE: John Russo says arrivederci to Alameda; takes new job in Riverside

John Russo begins his new job as Riversidecity manager in May.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Alameda City Manager John Russo is leaving his post on the Island for the same position in Riverside, according to a local report Thursday afternoon. Russo, who also served on the Oakland City Council and eleven years as Oakland’s city attorney, … Continue reading UPDATE: John Russo says arrivederci to Alameda; takes new job in Riverside