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

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 Councilmember Ezzy Ashcraft makes it official. She’s challenging Mayor Spencer

Alameda Councilmember Marilyn EzzyAshcraft announced Tuesday her campaignfor mayor.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Touting years of public service along with a record of consensus-building, Alameda Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft officially announced Tuesday that she will challenge incumbent Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer this November.“I’m running for Mayor, because I know the expertise and skills I’ve developed over 16 … Continue reading Alameda Councilmember Ezzy Ashcraft makes it official. She’s challenging Mayor Spencer

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 may soon learn details of growing city manager scandal

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILFor the third time in as many months the Alameda City Council has scheduled a special closed session meeting, this one set for next Monday, April 16, 5 p.m., to discuss the growing political scandal pitting City Manager Jill Keimach against the City Council.The agenda released Monday afternoon references up to three potential … Continue reading Alameda may soon learn details of growing city manager scandal

Alameda push poll is dishing dirt on potential mayoral, council candidates, but not all of them

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--A push poll, suspected by many, to have originated from Alameda landlords' groups, is probing and testing potential attack lines against a lengthy list of potential progressive candidates for the city's mayoral and city council elections this fall. The existence of the poll portends for another heated political season coming to Alameda.It … Continue reading Alameda push poll is dishing dirt on potential mayoral, council candidates, but not all of them

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

Alameda delays decision for more license-plate readers after disclosure of vendor’s ties to ICE

A proposal Tuesday night would have allowedinstallation of fixed-mounted license-plate readersnear Alameda bridges and other exit points.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILA controversial proposal to install 13 Automated License-Plate Readers (ALPRs) mounted at fixed points around Alameda's bridges and exit points may have had a slight majority Tuesday night if not for recent news reports that detailed the … Continue reading Alameda delays decision for more license-plate readers after disclosure of vendor’s ties to ICE

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

Renters at infamous Alameda apartments received evictions five days before Christmas

Assemblymember Rob Bonta, left, and AlamedaCouncilmember Malia Vella, right, listen toconcerns Friday from tenants at the Bay View Apts.ALAMEDA"Everyday I open my door to check and see if there's a eviction notice," said Alameda renter Julia Balthasar. Just five days before Christmas, Balthasar found an unwanted holiday delivery--a 60-day eviction notice affixed to her front door, … Continue reading Renters at infamous Alameda apartments received evictions five days before Christmas

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

5 MORE THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS…

ELECTION 2018By the looks of it, Alameda Mayor Trishmight be running for re-election againstthe entire City Council.➤I think after what the East Bay Times and columnist Daniel Borenstein pulled with the Alameda City Council and city manager interference story, you should assume every story in that paper is Fake News or contains strains of lies and inaccuracies. … Continue reading 5 MORE THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS…