Tag Archives: Doug deHaan

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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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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Bonuses without benefits

Council got an earful Tuesday night about the alleged flaws in Alameda’s density bonus ordinance. Here’s one thing those on the dais didn’t hear:  The main problem with the density bonus ordinance is that . . . it doesn’t produce … Continue reading

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About those referrals

Perhaps by now you’ve seen the billboards sprouting up all over town. Want to improve traffic conditions on Bay Farm Island?  BETTER CALL JIM. Want to preserve the wetlands at Alameda Point?  BETTER CALL JIM. Want to protect the jobs … Continue reading

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The incumbents’ last ha-ha

It was all going to be so easy for the Russo/Gilmore administration to get the package authorizing the Del Monte development project signed, sealed, and delivered by year-end, barely ten months after the project had been announced. They’d get the … Continue reading

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The record according to Gilmore

Protector of the Golf Complex. Fund-raiser for Alameda public parks. Advocate for open space. Who fits all of these descriptions? If you said, Bill Delaney, chair of the recreation and parks commission and president of the Alameda Friends of the … Continue reading

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2014: A union Oddie-ssey

Does the Alameda firefighters’ union have sufficient political muscle to break precedent by getting a candidate elected to City Council who has never served on Council, the Planning Board, the Hospital Board, or any City board or commission other than … Continue reading

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