Tag Archives: Jeff DelBono

The difference between Oddie and Vella

At first glance, Jim Oddie and Malia Vella, the current Council members running for reelection, might seem to be two peas in a pod.

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Fed up – and forced out?

By training and experience, Paul Rolleri is a policeman, not a politician. And that, in the Merry-Go-Round’s view, is why he will no longer be chief of police in Alameda after August 28.

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Hail to the chiefs

Ever since we learned that Fire Chief Edmond Rodriguez had taken non-COVID-19 medical leave beginning on March 23, we’ve been waiting for the press release announcing that he has retired and the City is beginning the search for a new … Continue reading

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Keeping ’em on the job

When City Manager Eric Levitt presented his revised Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget last week, the staff report made his priorities clear: “First, the approach to the budget is to limit layoffs. . . .  We anticipate bringing back part-time employees … Continue reading

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What’s on the tape

Fans of the long-running political farce, “The Bully and His Henchmen,” got the opportunity this week to listen to both the national and the local editions of the show.

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Vella to City: check, please

Councilwoman Malia Vella and her backers would like Alamedans to believe that her unsuccessful defense against the charge that she illegally sought to influence the selection of a new fire chief has forced her to pay thousands of dollars in … Continue reading

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Our next new fire station

Here we go again.

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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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The $253.2 million gorilla

Whom can Alamedans count on now to do battle with the gorilla in the basement of City Hall? That’s what those of us who fear the predations of the gorilla – more formally known as the City’s accrued liability for … 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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