Category Archives: Firefighters

Thousands for defense. . .

The same forces – primarily, labor unions and Democratic party stalwarts – that paid to get Malia Vella and Jim Oddie elected to Council now are financing their defense against the charge that they attempted, in violation of the City … Continue reading

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Summon the Chiefs

The agenda for Tuesday’s Council meeting sets aside three hours for the item on the Encinal Terminals development project, and the usual contingent of public commenters, from both the pro-housing and the slow-growth sides, can be expected to queue up … Continue reading

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Let ’em try to smear her now!

The “attack the accuser” strategy employed by the defenders of Council members Malia Vella and Jim Oddie just lost a lot of whatever traction it ever had.

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And in other news . . .

The scandal involving Council members Jim Oddie and Malia Vella has been dominating the local news recently, with the result that other stories have gone unreported. Here are a few of them:

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The strategy for the defense

Attack the accuser. That’s a standard strategy employed by criminal defense lawyers worried about the weakness of their case.  And it appears to be part of the game plan devised by Alameda firefighters’ union president Jeff DelBono to protect the … Continue reading

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Vella and Oddie: A case of hubris

The Merry-Go-Round wasn’t really surprised that Councilwoman Malia Vella and her faithful sidekick, Councilman Jim Oddie, didn’t take our advice and push for the selection of a woman or person of color as Alameda’s next fire chief.  After all, we … Continue reading

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Our next fire chief

So here’s the Merry-Go-Round’s question to the self-proclaimed “progressives” on Council like Vice Mayor Malia Vella and Councilman Jim Oddie: If you’re truly as committed to the goal of diversity as you tell your supporters you are, what are you … Continue reading

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