Category Archives: City Hall

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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Pros and cons

Like a diabetic staying away from sweets, the Merry-Go-Round makes it a rule to avoid private communications about political issues with the fine folks who sit on the dais at Council chambers every other Tuesday.  If they haven’t said it, … Continue reading

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They said it

Years ago, Professor Irving Younger taught us that one of the primary objectives of a closing argument should be to strengthen the convictions of those jurors who already are inclined to vote your way and to dispel the doubts of … Continue reading

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You’ve got mail(ers)

There’s still another week to go before the election, and the Merry-Go-Round expects that Alamedans are going to see a last-minute flurry of mailers from or about local mayoral and Council candidates.  (The truly vile hit pieces often are saved … Continue reading

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