Tag Archives: Jim Oddie

Their first time

If either Gig Codiga or Amos White wins election to Council this November, he will have achieved a feat remarkable in recent Alameda political history:  Victory by a candidate who has never appeared on any Council ballot before and who … Continue reading

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Decisions for the next Council

Unlike the presidential election, the race for Alameda City Council has yet to be described as “existential.” Nevertheless, the Council elected this November will be called upon to make decisions in a number of areas that will affect the well-being … Continue reading

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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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A question for the candidates

None of the four groups sponsoring Council candidate forums so far has asked the Merry-Go-Round to supply a question, so we’re hoping that someone from the one remaining sponsor, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, will be willing to pose this … Continue reading

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The candidates and Measure Z

Suppose you’re one of those “single-issue” voters who will cast her ballot for only those candidates who take the “right” side on a specific issue.  This being Alameda, suppose that issue is Measure Z, the ballot measure to repeal Article … Continue reading

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So what are you doing for Labor Day?

Suppose you want to take a stroll down the crowded pedestrian path along the shoreline this Labor Day weekend without wearing a face covering. Or suppose you’d like to join the pick-up soccer game being played by unmasked athletes on … Continue reading

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The Democratic convention (Alameda version)

The Merry-Go-Round faced a difficult choice Wednesday night: Should we tune into day three of the Democratic national talk show and watch Elizabeth, Hillary, and a host of other Trump trashers and Biden backers?  Or should we sign into the … Continue reading

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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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“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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