Category Archives: Firefighters

And they’re off!

Traditionally, Labor Day marks the beginning of the political campaign season.  The Merry-Go-Round missed the kickoff by a week, but we’ll try to make up for it today by commenting about a couple of the actors in our local political … Continue reading

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Where the money’s coming from

The Merry Go-Round has reviewed the first batch of campaign disclosure statements filed by the candidates for Alameda mayor, city council, and school board.

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A half-sense sales-tax increase

If you like the way the Alameda City Council has been spending the taxpayers’ money for the last several years, the Merry-Go-Round has got a deal for you: Just vote for the sales-tax-increase measure expected to be placed by Council … Continue reading

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Real Alamedans united

At the Merry-Go-Round, we’ve always had a soft spot for grassroots organizations formed by ordinary citizens to use the electoral process to achieve shared policy objectives, especially when the ruling class won’t listen to them. This is why we admire … Continue reading

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Same old, same old

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Or, to make our point in English, whatever else may be happening at City Hall, the Alameda fire department never misses a beat.  Regardless of the identity of the Fire Chief and … Continue reading

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DelBono v. Ashcraft

Last week, the Merry-Go-Round reported how, according to the report by public-agency lawyer Michael Jenkins, Councilwoman Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft refused to join the offensive mounted by Alameda firefighters’ union president Jeff DelBono to get his hand-picked candidate appointed fire chief. … Continue reading

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The Jenkins report

However eagerly anticipated it may have been, the report prepared by public-agency lawyer Michael Jenkins can’t be seen as telling the whole story about the involvement of our local politicians and the Alameda firefighters’ union in the selection of the … Continue reading

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