Category Archives: Budget

Decisions for the next Council

Unlike the presidential election, the race for Alameda City Council has yet to be described as “existential.” Nevertheless, the Council elected this November will be called upon to make decisions in a number of areas that will affect the well-being … Continue reading

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Keeping ’em on the job

When City Manager Eric Levitt presented his revised Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget last week, the staff report made his priorities clear: “First, the approach to the budget is to limit layoffs. . . .  We anticipate bringing back part-time employees … Continue reading

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Who’s getting aid from the City

You can tell a lot about elected officials’ priorities – and their politics – when you look at the decisions they make about who is entitled to get financial assistance from the government during the coronavirus crisis. Take the federal … Continue reading

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The coronavirus and the City budget

More than 2,100 U.S. cities brace for budget shortfalls due to coronavirus, survey finds, with many planning cuts and layoffs That was the headline in the April 14 edition of the Washington Post over a story about a survey conducted … Continue reading

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Mailing it in

If you’re an Alameda property owner, you got in the mail a day or so ago a four-page document from the City of Alameda entitled, “Notice of Public Hearing/2019 Water Quality and Flood Protection Fee.” And you may well have … Continue reading

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The $253.2 million gorilla

Whom can Alamedans count on now to do battle with the gorilla in the basement of City Hall? That’s what those of us who fear the predations of the gorilla – more formally known as the City’s accrued liability for … Continue reading

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Fire keeps on burning

On today’s episode of “The Millionaire,” City Finance Director Elena Adair shows up on your doorstep.  She’s carrying a check and an envelope. The check is for $1.2 million (inflation, you know). The envelope contains a letter enclosing a resolution … Continue reading

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Memo to the City Manager (Part I)

Years ago, there was a sports writer named Jimmy Cannon who penned a syndicated column called, “Nobody asked me, but . . .” Today, the Merry-Go-Round begins a series of posts about the major challenges we think new City Manager … Continue reading

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Fees for service

They’re at it again. A little more than a month ago, Council voted to increase the fees charged to Alamedans for “fire prevention services” by a total of $1,876,194 over a four-year period. Tuesday, the Council members will be asked … Continue reading

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Stand up or bow down

Tuesday will be a day of reckoning – perhaps the first of many – for newly elected Vice Mayor John Knox White.

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