Category Archives: Firefighters

The Grand Jury speaks; will Alamedans listen?

The report by the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury is out, and its conclusion is unequivocal:  Not only did the Alameda firefighters’ union and its president, Jeff DelBono, engage in “unethical” conduct in endeavoring to get their hand-picked candidate made fire … Continue reading

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Fire keeps on burning

On today’s episode of “The Millionaire,” City Finance Director Elena Adair shows up on your doorstep.  She’s carrying a check and an envelope. The check is for $1.2 million (inflation, you know). The envelope contains a letter enclosing a resolution … Continue reading

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Memo to the City Manager (Part I)

Years ago, there was a sports writer named Jimmy Cannon who penned a syndicated column called, “Nobody asked me, but . . .” Today, the Merry-Go-Round begins a series of posts about the major challenges we think new City Manager … Continue reading

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Messing with Marilyn

Three weeks ago, we wrote about whether Vice Mayor John Knox White would declare his independence from the Alameda firefighters’ union by voting to turn down the proposal – rejected twice by the previous Council – to create a new … Continue reading

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Stand up or bow down

Tuesday will be a day of reckoning – perhaps the first of many – for newly elected Vice Mayor John Knox White.

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Council pays off DelBono

At a closed session meeting last Tuesday, Council decided to pay $21,535 to former Alameda firefighters’ union president Jeff DelBono to get rid of a claim he filed against the City last year alleging that then-Councilwoman, now Mayor, Marilyn Ezzy … Continue reading

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Campaign quiz

One of our favorite columnists, Gail Collins, occasionally presents her Saturday column in the New York Times in the form of a multiple-choice quiz. Today, the Merry-Go-Round will follow Ms. Collins’s lead, but we’ll confine ourselves to three questions.  The … Continue reading

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