Monthly Archives: August 2014

Questions the candidates won’t want to answer (Part I)

Traditionally, the election season begins on Labor Day, and already lawn signs – at least for the well-financed candidates on the firefighters’ union slate – are sprouting up around town. Candidate forums won’t be far behind.  The Alameda Citizens Task … Continue reading

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The Chen Identity

So what has Councilman Stewart Chen, D.C., accomplished during the 18 or so months since he squeaked onto Council as the third highest vote-getter in November 2012? If you look at the list of achievements the Councilman has posted on … Continue reading

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Can the Vice Mayor still be trusted?

Wassup with Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft? The Russo/Gilmore administration and the Alameda firefighters’ union usually can count on Ms. Ashcraft as one of their most reliable supporters.  Indeed, a quick check of the minutes shows that, in her first … Continue reading

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2014: A union Oddie-ssey

Does the Alameda firefighters’ union have sufficient political muscle to break precedent by getting a candidate elected to City Council who has never served on Council, the Planning Board, the Hospital Board, or any City board or commission other than … Continue reading

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