Author Archives: Robert Sullwold

About Robert Sullwold

Partner, Sullwold & Hughes Specializes in investment litigation

Real Alamedans united

At the Merry-Go-Round, we’ve always had a soft spot for grassroots organizations formed by ordinary citizens to use the electoral process to achieve shared policy objectives, especially when the ruling class won’t listen to them. This is why we admire … Continue reading

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Same old, same old

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Or, to make our point in English, whatever else may be happening at City Hall, the Alameda fire department never misses a beat.  Regardless of the identity of the Fire Chief and … Continue reading

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DelBono v. Ashcraft

Last week, the Merry-Go-Round reported how, according to the report by public-agency lawyer Michael Jenkins, Councilwoman Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft refused to join the offensive mounted by Alameda firefighters’ union president Jeff DelBono to get his hand-picked candidate appointed fire chief. … Continue reading

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The Jenkins report

However eagerly anticipated it may have been, the report prepared by public-agency lawyer Michael Jenkins can’t be seen as telling the whole story about the involvement of our local politicians and the Alameda firefighters’ union in the selection of the … Continue reading

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The Alameda Two

Remember the Keating Five? The political consultants and propagandists defending Council members Jim Oddie and Malia Vella against allegations of improper interference in the selection of the City’s new fire chief ought to.  And if they don’t, maybe the Alamedans … Continue reading

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The best disinfectant

Want to know what decisions Council made at its lengthy closed-session meeting Monday about the future employment of City Manager Jill Keimach and the prospect of litigation arising from Ms. Keimach’s allegations of illegal interference by Council members Jim Oddie … Continue reading

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Will they rid themselves of this meddlesome manager?

Thus far, the Merry-Go-Round has assiduously refrained from speculating about the ongoing developments in the investigation into the alleged threats by Council members Jim Oddie and Malia Vella to get City Manager Jill Keimach fired unless she selected the former … Continue reading

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