Tag Archives: Jim Oddie

MX’d message

Those Alamedans who would like to see the City require that every new “mixed-use” development project provide more “workforce” housing and reserve more space for job-creating businesses will have longer to wait – maybe a lot longer.

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Spend away!

Three weeks ago, the Merry-Go-Round reported on City Finance Director Elena Adair’s forecast that, if all of the additional spending proposed for the next two fiscal years were to take place, the “available balance” in the General Fund would drop … Continue reading

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Identity crisis

It is tempting to see nothing more than political expediency behind the votes by Council members Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Jim Oddie to amend the City’s “rent stabilization” ordinance – passed by Council last March and ratified by the voters … Continue reading

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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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The rest of the housing report

Assistant Community Development Director Andrew Thomas didn’t get a chance to present his annual Housing Element report orally to Council last Tuesday – the item was placed on the consent calendar. And that’s a shame, because there was a lot … Continue reading

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Hard times at Site A

Is the Site A project at Alameda Point – long-described as the “catalyst” for the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station – in trouble? It’s not an idle question.

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Ashcraft agonistes

The Merry-Go-Round wouldn’t have wanted to be in Councilwoman Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft’s shoes in the waning hours of Tuesday night as Council debated whether to adopt a resolution urging a “Congressional investigation regarding the impeachment of President Donald Trump.” During … Continue reading

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