If you like the way the Alameda City Council has been spending the taxpayers’ money for the last several years, the Merry-Go-Round has got a deal for you:
Just vote for the sales-tax-increase measure expected to be placed by Council on the November ballot and you’ll give our current elected officials (and their successors) an estimated additional $4.9 million per year to spend – on whatever they damn well please!
The results of our study conclude that Alameda’s rent stabilization ordinance appears to be having the desired effect on the rental housing market, namely to discourage relocating existing tenants to gain higher rent from new tenants, provide financial assistance to tenants whose tenancy is terminated for no cause/no fault, and provide a forum under which landlords and tenants can resolve rent increase disputes.
Thus reads the “executive summary” of the report prepared for the City – at a cost of $30,000 – by a consulting firm about the ordinance adopted by Council two years ago that requires landlords to submit proposed rent increases greater than 5% for official review and to pay “relocation benefits” to renters whose tenancies terminate without any fault on their part.
The next time Stephan Curry visits Alameda City Hall during a Council meeting – after finishing his round at the new Corica Park south course – he’ll see a familiar sight if he looks at the big screen behind the dais: a shot clock.
And not only one shot clock, but five – one for each Council member:
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 City Manager, or the state of the City’s finances, the AFD can be counted upon to seek an ever-larger piece of the General Fund pie to pay for more staff, equipment, and other departmental desires.
With the current Council – as well as its predecessor – the fire department usually gets what it wants. But maybe – just maybe – things are beginning to change.
Posted in Budget, City Council, Firefighters
Tagged Budget, Doug Long, Frank Matarrese, IAFF Local 689, Jeff DelBono, Jennifer Ott, Jill Keimach, Jim Oddie, Malia Vella, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Trish Spencer
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.
Today, we’ll turn to the price Ms. Ashcraft already has paid, and may have to continue to pay, for her intransigence.
For us (and, we suspect, for her), the primary issue is this: Will her disobedience destroy her chance of realizing her long-held dream of becoming Mayor of Alameda?
Posted in City Council, Firefighters
Tagged Doug Linney, Gray Harris, IAFF Local 689, Jeff DelBono, Jenkins report, Jim Oddie, John Knox White, Malia Vella, Marie Gilmore, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Marty Frates, Mike Henneberry, Rent control, Rent Stabilization Ordinance, Trish Spencer