Camp Sweeney may be red-tagged because of crumbling infrastructure

Camp Wilmont Sweeney, the juvenile-detention facility in San Leandro long criticized for its deteriorating physical condition, may soon be shut down, county officials said this week. The 60-year-old facility, operated by the Alameda County Probation Department, is riddled with cracks in its infrastructure and may be red-tagged, said Willie Hopkins, the director of the Alameda … Continue reading Camp Sweeney may be red-tagged because of crumbling infrastructure

Not yet sworn-in, Alameda’s Trish Spencer provides a preview of what’s to come

Spencer The mere presence of the Alameda firefighters' contract on a city council agenda is certain to elicit howls from island conservatives as it did Tuesday night. The agenda item was placed on consent for Tuesday meeting, but Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog, a critic of the union who voted against the original contract, pulled it … Continue reading Not yet sworn-in, Alameda’s Trish Spencer provides a preview of what’s to come

Oddie: Release the recording

A secret audio recording by Alameda's former City Manager Jill Keimach made two years ago in hopes of gathering evidence that two former Alameda councilmembers were illegally pressuring her to hire a fire chief of their choosing is again in the city's consciousness. Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie said Saturday that he welcomes the release of … Continue reading Oddie: Release the recording

Alameda City Council agrees that two members violated the charter

With a segment of Alameda residents fuming over a scathing civil grand jury finding that two Alameda elected officials violated the city charter, the Alameda City Council on Tuesday night voted to accept its findings and recommendations. Jim Oddie and Malia, the councilmembers alleged by the Alameda County grand jury of violating the charter each … Continue reading Alameda City Council agrees that two members violated the charter

ALAMEDA: Proposed responses to grand jury limit exposure to Vella on charter violation finding

An Alameda County grand jury last month determined, among other findings, that two Alameda councilmembers violated the city charter by exerting undue influence on the city manager's decision to hire a new fire chief. The civil grand jury also faulted the city for allowing the councilmembers to participate in the editing of the independent report … Continue reading ALAMEDA: Proposed responses to grand jury limit exposure to Vella on charter violation finding

Alameda birther starts fourth petition to recall councilman

An Alameda resident, who as a candidate for the state legislature, questioned whether his opponent, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, is a U.S. citizenship, and then unsuccessfully attempted six total recall petitions against two Alameda councilmembers in the past year, has launched a seventh. In the wake of an Alameda County grand jury report last month that, … Continue reading Alameda birther starts fourth petition to recall councilman

5 observations on the ALCO grand jury’s deferential view of law enforcement

People dying at Santa Rita Jail. Seems fine, says Alameda County grand jury.

With grand jury in rearview, Alameda begins work on charter reform

Despite a highly critical grand jury report last week that skewered Alameda City Hall and urged them to bolster its city charter with specific interference laws, Alameda officials have actually been working on the issue for more than six months. The grand jury and an independent investigation by the city into allegations that Councilmember Jim … Continue reading With grand jury in rearview, Alameda begins work on charter reform

Grand jury finds Alameda councilmembers violated charter

Two Alameda councilmembers violated the city's charter by interfering in the city manager's duties to independently hire a new fire chief, the Alameda County civil grand jury concluded in a report released Monday. In the case of one of the councilmembers, the determination runs counter to prior investigations into the matter that rocked Alameda politics … Continue reading Grand jury finds Alameda councilmembers violated charter

Civil grand jury will not recommend removing Alameda councilmember

A forthcoming Alameda County civil grand jury report will include an investigation into allegations that Alameda councilmembers violated the city charter by exerting undue influence on its then-city manager to hire a fire chief candidate of their choice, according to sources aware of the section in the report due to be released this week. The … Continue reading Civil grand jury will not recommend removing Alameda councilmember

Alameda council candidate issues disingenuous concession

Alameda's Robert Matz concedes short-term third open seat on the council, but not before attacking opponent.

EBC AGENDA|Sept. 14-20—ALAMEDA minimum wage; ALAMEDA COUNTY may extend ‘dirty dirt’ moratorium; FREMONT settles with Verizon

SAN LEANDRO — Regular council meeting, Monday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Oct. 1. –FIBER OPTIC MASTER PLAN--  The council receives a report Monday night from consultant Magellan Advisors that plots the next stages in San Leandro's digital future, including how much it may cost. "The City of San Leandro … Continue reading EBC AGENDA|Sept. 14-20—ALAMEDA minimum wage; ALAMEDA COUNTY may extend ‘dirty dirt’ moratorium; FREMONT settles with Verizon