Author Archives: Robert Sullwold

About Robert Sullwold

Partner, Sullwold & Hughes Specializes in investment litigation

Campaign quiz

One of our favorite columnists, Gail Collins, occasionally presents her Saturday column in the New York Times in the form of a multiple-choice quiz. Today, the Merry-Go-Round will follow Ms. Collins’s lead, but we’ll confine ourselves to three questions.  The … Continue reading

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Battle of Midway

Tonight, Council will hold a special meeting at which the four finalists vying to be selected to develop the “West Midway” site at Alameda Point will make presentations. Slideshows of proposed designs are banned.  Instead, expect to hear the presenters … Continue reading

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Homeless in Alameda

During the last two years, the City of Alameda opened a new fire station/emergency operations center that cost $9 million to build (and will end up costing $14 million when all the debt is paid off). The City Council also … Continue reading

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What would Hiram say?

“How best can we arm the people to protect themselves?” Hiram Johnson, one politician who actually deserved to call himself a “Progressive,” asked when he was inaugurated as governor of California in 1911. His answer:  “[W]hile I do not by … Continue reading

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Measure for measure

The rhetoric was flying off the dais last Wednesday as four members of the new Council made it clear that they opposed the initiative to re-zone a 3.712-acre parcel on the northern end of McKay Avenue as “open space” in … Continue reading

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Treating the OGC like a potted plant

When Council unanimously passed the Sunshine Ordinance in 2011, it gave the Open Government Commission the power to invalidate an action by a governmental body – including Council itself – if the Commission found a violation of the Ordinance’s requirements … Continue reading

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Election Oddi(e)ty

Ever since the election results began coming in, one question has nagged the Merry-Go-Round:  How could so many Alamedans – more than 10,000 at last count – vote to re-elect Councilman Jim Oddie, knowing that he violated the City Charter, … Continue reading

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