Monthly Archives: July 2014

The latest financial “snapshot in time”

Here’s a question the Merry-Go-Round suspects none of the candidates running for municipal office this November will be willing (or maybe even able) to answer: When is the City of Alameda going to run out of money? (Or, to put … Continue reading

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How to beat Gilmore for Mayor

It looks like Mayor Marie Gilmore may be running for re-election unopposed. That’s not surprising.  After all, Ms. Gilmore is the incumbent.  She looks good riding on top of a stagecoach in the Fourth of July parade.  And, most importantly, … Continue reading

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Amend this!

Well, a lot sure got accomplished Tuesday night when Council considered the so-called “fiscal responsibility” ordinance proposed as a way to “protect the General Fund” in the event of a suit challenging the Crab Cove open-space initiative.

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AUC! AUC! AUC!

The Merry-Go-Round was intrigued to see listed on next Tuesday’s Council agenda a staff recommendation to start exclusive negotiations between the City and an entity called Alameda United Commercial LLC for development of two parcels at Alameda Point:  the old … Continue reading

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Midnight madness

There ought to be a law prohibiting City Council from ever doing business after midnight. As golf war veterans know, such post-midnight sessions almost always turn out badly.  Council strays far afield from the issue identified in the agenda, discussed … Continue reading

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Can we applaud now, Madam Mayor? Should we?

Breaking news: Last night, or rather early this morning, City Council passed an ordinance adopting the initiative re-zoning the Crab Cove (aka Neptune Pointe) property as open space.

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