Alameda City Council calls special closed session next week; investigation believed to be topic

Alameda councilmembers met for five hoursduring a closed session in late January likelydiscussing the same item being heard Friday.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAn independent inquiry into allegations made last October by Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach against unnamed councilmembers may finally yield some answers next week.A special closed session meeting scheduled for Mar. 9 at 1:30 p.m. … Continue reading Alameda City Council calls special closed session next week; investigation believed to be topic

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

Crime is up, raise the bridges! A classic Alameda trope returns with a high-tech spin

Alameda's Park Street drawbridge.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--PUBLIC COMMENT--Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri says the city is in the midst of a dramatic 30-year drop in crime. However, on Tuesday night he will ask the Alameda City Council to approve the purchase of 13 Automated License-Place Readers (ALPR) to be mounted along the entrance and exit points … Continue reading Crime is up, raise the bridges! A classic Alameda trope returns with a high-tech spin

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

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

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

Watch what you say: Plainclothes Alameda cops monitored renters during council meeting

Interim Alameda City Manager Liz Warmerdammade the initial call for plainclothes cops to monitor the Jan. 5 council meeting.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | As renters and landlords filed through the large foyer leading into Alameda's Kofman Auditorium on January 5 to watch the Alameda City Council's latest attempt to address the growing problem of rising rents and … Continue reading Watch what you say: Plainclothes Alameda cops monitored renters during council meeting

Alameda’s body camera policy may fall short on transparency

Alameda Police Chief Paul RolleriALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | When an Alameda police officer was accused three years ago of using excessive force that resulted in multiple arm fractures to a mentally ill man, footage from a body camera purchased by the officer eventually helped to disprove allegations that the officer beat the man while he … Continue reading Alameda’s body camera policy may fall short on transparency

Alameda Chief on License Plate Readers: ‘I’m not Trying to Spy on Anyone’

Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri, above;a version of a patrol car-mounted automated license plate reader, below.ALAMEDA | PRIVACY | The often insular community of Alameda may soon have Automated License Plate Readers rapidly scanning automobiles passing through the island city. However, critics of the police department’s plan say a recently released draft policy is far too vague … Continue reading Alameda Chief on License Plate Readers: ‘I’m not Trying to Spy on Anyone’