Monthly Archives: November 2013

Have it our way

Behavior modification is emerging as the preferred strategy for achieving the City’s goals for Alameda Point. “We” – or, at least those of us who are right-thinkers — have decided that the Point should be – all together now – … Continue reading

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Enjoy the “windfall” while you can

(An edited version of this article was published in the Alameda Sun November 21, 2013) Remember how, back in July, City Council agreed to establish a “trust fund” to begin paying down the City’s unfunded liability for retiree health benefits … Continue reading

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Fee-for-all, Alameda-style

Here’s your business school case for the day: You run a city whose politicians have decided that spending on public safety is sacrosanct.  It already consumes 70 cents out of every dollar generated for the general fund by taxes and … Continue reading

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Frank-ly speaking

At a time when almost everyone with a seat on the dais in City Council chambers seems to be reading off the same set of talking points, it’s heartening to see that one veteran former Councilman is willing to buck … Continue reading

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SLAPP-happy in Alameda

Last week, the City issued a press release touting its litigation victory over former Fire Chief Dave Kapler and rubbing the former chief’s nose in the result.  The release crowed that Kapler had “learned the hard way” that messing with … Continue reading

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