Tag Archives: Fred Marsh

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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In the event of emergency, break ground

What do the new Emergency Operations Center/Fire Station No. 3 complex and the Alameda Theater have in common? If you said, “You’re not allowed to yell, ‘Fire!” in either one of them,” guess again. Give up? The correct answer is that … Continue reading

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Making the sustainable transparent (or is it vice versa)?

Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese didn’t get much praise from his colleagues for his referral Wednesday night about “giving direction” to the City Manager before staff begins preparing the next two-year General Fund budget. Indeed, Mayor Trish Spencer described the proposal … Continue reading

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What Council did (and didn’t do) with your money

Suppose you were running a business and, when you closed the books for the fiscal year on June 30, 2014, you found out that you’d turned a profit of $7.4 million even though you had projected you’d sustain a loss. … Continue reading

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Why this election matters

So you don’t think the election this Tuesday for Mayor and Council will matter much to the daily lives of Alamedans? Think again. In fact, within less than a year, Council will be making decisions about waterfront development, Alameda Point, … Continue reading

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Takeaways from the forums

(Updated with additional information about Council candidate Jim Oddie on October 14, 2014). Having now attended all four candidate forums open to the public – two more than Mayor Marie Gilmore – the Merry-Go-Round is prepared to offer our take … Continue reading

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You can’t say that again

The Merry-Go-Round was chagrined that the moderators at the two recent candidate forums didn’t choose to use either of our two lists of “Questions the candidates won’t want to answer.” But we’re not surprised.  And we think it even less … Continue reading

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