San Leandro mayor is asking for a pay raise

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter wants a pay increase equal to three times that of her council colleagues. Cutter, who is in her second term as mayor, wrote a letter to the city highlighting in great detail why the council should raise her annual salary from $30,240 to $45,360 at its meeting on Nov. … Continue reading San Leandro mayor is asking for a pay raise

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

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

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

Early battle lines drawn in Alameda council race

Despite an admonition that Alameda City Council candidates not address the city's recent city manager scandal while one of her actions are under review by the Alameda County District Attorney's office, one candidate went there with his very first sentence during a forum last week. The aggressive attack by Alameda council candidate Tony Daysog set … Continue reading Early battle lines drawn in Alameda council race

Alameda officials considered lawsuit against Daysog’s rent ballot argument

Daysog filed his own lawsuit against the city last June to remove the council-approved ballot question for the landlord-backed rent stabilization charter amendment measure this fall.