Tag Archives: Jim Oddie

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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“Reform” by referral

If you sat through the nearly five hours of the June 29 Council meeting (or, as we did, watched the entire video), you would be entitled to expect that the next step in Council’s pursuit of “police reform” would be … Continue reading

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Crashing symbols

Those who have been striving to put before Alameda voters a ballot measure repealing Measure A in its entirety – not just its prohibition of multi-family housing but also its restriction on residential density – will get their last chance … Continue reading

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Charter follies

Last week, Council met on three consecutive nights to consider the recommendations made by a subcommittee appointed in December 2018 to propose revisions to the City Charter. Indeed, two of the meetings were devoted exclusively to that topic.

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They like bikes

Last week, as we pedaled behind the new white tricycle along its 14‑mile route across the island, we saw that signs had gone up at the corner of Versailles and Central Avenues announcing that Versailles was “closed to thru traffic.”  … Continue reading

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Who’s getting aid from the City

You can tell a lot about elected officials’ priorities – and their politics – when you look at the decisions they make about who is entitled to get financial assistance from the government during the coronavirus crisis. Take the federal … Continue reading

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The “basic human right” to housing

Reading the stories about what we’ve come to call “Occupy Magnolia Street,” it didn’t take us long to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

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Let the sun shine in

For months, the Alameda City Council didn’t tell the public anything about the efforts by two of its members, Malia Vella and Jim Oddie, to get the City to pay the bills rendered by the law firms they retained to … 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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The end of Measure A?

Ever since July 2012, when Council adopted what it called the “multi-family overlay” and slapped it on 12 separate parcels designated for residential development around town, the Merry-Go-Round has been sounding the death knell for Measure A, the provision in … Continue reading

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