Category Archives: Firefighters

Spend away!

Three weeks ago, the Merry-Go-Round reported on City Finance Director Elena Adair’s forecast that, if all of the additional spending proposed for the next two fiscal years were to take place, the “available balance” in the General Fund would drop … Continue reading

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There goes the “surplus”!

Wanna see how to make $32 million disappear in just five years? Then you ought to show up Wednesday at Council Chambers for the budget workshop, and City Finance Director Elena Adair will show you how it’s done. Or maybe … Continue reading

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A monument to . . . what?

The Merry-Go-Round hopes that, when the new Emergency Operations Center and Fire Station No. 3 finally open in May, about a year behind schedule, the City will offer free guided tours to Alameda residents. The last we heard, only one … Continue reading

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Speaking objections

This week, two comments on . . . public comments. I. Imagine the following scene: It’s Tuesday, March 7, around 7:00 p.m.

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Tell us about the money

Later this year, Councilwoman Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft will get the chance to strike a blow for “transparency” and set an example to her colleagues about timely disclosure of campaign contributions. The Bladium Sports & Fitness Club, which has been operating … Continue reading

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Alameda’s favorite Uncle

The Merry-Go-Round knows better than to interject ourselves into the debate over the best way to protect the City of Alameda and its residents from Donald Trump and the Republican party. We’re confident that our Council members will pass a … Continue reading

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Notes on the election

The results of Tuesday’s elections for Council and other local offices came as no surprise to the Merry-Go-Round.  Indeed, the electoral rules we discussed last week predicted a Vella victory and a Daysog defeat. Absent any exit polls, there’s no … Continue reading

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