Tag Archives: Jim Oddie

The strategy for the defense

Attack the accuser. That’s a standard strategy employed by criminal defense lawyers worried about the weakness of their case.  And it appears to be part of the game plan devised by Alameda firefighters’ union president Jeff DelBono to protect the … Continue reading

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Vella and Oddie: A case of hubris

The Merry-Go-Round wasn’t really surprised that Councilwoman Malia Vella and her faithful sidekick, Councilman Jim Oddie, didn’t take our advice and push for the selection of a woman or person of color as Alameda’s next fire chief.  After all, we … Continue reading

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Our next fire chief

So here’s the Merry-Go-Round’s question to the self-proclaimed “progressives” on Council like Vice Mayor Malia Vella and Councilman Jim Oddie: If you’re truly as committed to the goal of diversity as you tell your supporters you are, what are you … Continue reading

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Pat-ricide

The candidate had been praised by one long-time co-worker for her “steadfast commitment to equality, justice and fairness,” and extolled by another as “hard-working” with a “real attention to detail.” She had been endorsed by both business – the owner … Continue reading

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Buy one, get one free

As former Councilman Tony Daysog (among many others) is fond of saying, “Elections have consequences.” The latest case in point in Alameda involves Mr. Daysog himself. Now that our elected officials are taking their August recess, the Merry-Go-Round decided to … Continue reading

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Our own Mitch McConnells

The Merry-Go-Round wasn’t surprised when the leftist/labor Triumvirate now in control of Council – Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Jim Oddie, and Malia Vella – voted down the two Alameda businessmen tapped to fill the open seats on the Planning Board. After … Continue reading

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Rob Bonta, Esq.

We always knew that State Assemblyman and former Alameda City Councilman Rob Bonta was a grandstander, but we hoped and expected that, given his education (Yale College, Oxford University, and Yale Law School) and professional experience (law clerk, litigation associate, … Continue reading

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