Category Archives: City Hall

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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Charter follies

Last week, Council met on three consecutive nights to consider the recommendations made by a subcommittee appointed in December 2018 to propose revisions to the City Charter. Indeed, two of the meetings were devoted exclusively to that topic.

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They like bikes

Last week, as we pedaled behind the new white tricycle along its 14‑mile route across the island, we saw that signs had gone up at the corner of Versailles and Central Avenues announcing that Versailles was “closed to thru traffic.”  … 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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What Alameda is doing to prepare for the coronavirus

Relentlessly (if parochially) focused on all things Alameda, the Merry-Go-Round began to wonder, as we watched and read the stories about the coronavirus (aka COVID-19) crisis, what our local public agencies were preparing to do about it. So we decided … Continue reading

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Midway crisis

Three years after Council proudly adopted a plan to replace 200 dilapidated units of housing for the homeless at Alameda Point with a complex containing 267 new housing units and a community center, the fate of the endeavor remains very … Continue reading

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