Alameda fire chief, out on leave since last spring, is retiring

Rodriguez Alameda Fire Chief Ed Rodriguez is retiring from the post he's held since 2017. Rodriguez made his decision known to Alameda city officials on Dec. 30, according to a memo sent by City Manager Eric Levitt. Any short-term effects on the Alameda Fire Department's chain of command will be minimal. Rodriguez has been out … Continue reading Alameda fire chief, out on leave since last spring, is retiring

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

Alameda: Release of secret audio recording yields little new information

Audio of a secret recording made by Alameda's former city manager of a meeting between her and two councilmembers released Wednesday highlights a lobbying effort on behalf of a labor-friendly candidate for the then-open fire chief position, but also immense divisions between the city manager and the powerful firefighters union president. The 55-minute recording, highly … Continue reading Alameda: Release of secret audio recording yields little new information

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: Former mayor is interested in running for city council

Former Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer is contemplating a return to the City Hal, she told the East Bay Citizen. However, not as mayor, but in the November 2020 Alameda City Council election. After four tumultuous years, Spencer lost re-election to council mate Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. Next year's fall election will feature re-election bids by … Continue reading Alameda: Former mayor is interested in running for city council

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

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

Alameda firefighters will sit out the mayor’s race

In recent Alameda elections, the backing of the island's influential firefighters union has often resulted in victory for candidates. It remains to be seen what happens when they choose to sit out a a race. Somewhat surprisingly, the firefighters' union has decided not to weigh-in on the potentially wide-open mayoral race between Mayor Trish Herrera … Continue reading Alameda firefighters will sit out the mayor’s race

ALAMEDA: Mayor Spencer’s re-election campaign reports no money; no worries

Spencer only spent $10,325 in 2014 to register the biggest upset in the East Bay

Former Alameda city manager who secretly taped public officials eyes a comeback in Richmond

Keimach received a $900,000 severance package in Alameda last May.

ELECTIONLINE: Cassidy watch in San Leandro; Beckles endorsement; AD18 candidate wants to shrink Alameda Fire

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL D1 For the better part of the last year, San Leandro political parlor talk has been constantly included speculation over whether San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy is interested in running for office this November. Any office, actually. Cassidy, whether intentional or not, has politlcal watchers in The 'Dro so off-balance that … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: Cassidy watch in San Leandro; Beckles endorsement; AD18 candidate wants to shrink Alameda Fire

An Alameda council recall effort in its early stages

A recall effort against Alameda Councilmember Malia Vella began in earnest Tuesday night. Proponents of unseating her delivered a notice of intent that could lead to a signature-gathering effort this summer to place the question on the November ballot. Grounds for the recall focus on Vella's handling of the controversy involving City Manager Jill Keimach, … Continue reading An Alameda council recall effort in its early stages