Tag Archives: Jim Oddie

Playing the Trump card

A heads up to the Alameda voters who made Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft mayor and put John Knox White and Tony Daysog on Council:  Watch carefully how the politicians you voted for handle the fallout from the Alameda County Civil Grand … Continue reading

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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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Leaders of the pack

Ever since Councilwoman Malia Vella joined Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Jim Oddie on the dais in 2016, the Council majority (which now includes John Knox White) has been trying to implement the “progressive” legislative agenda in Alameda. The Council cabal … Continue reading

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Fire keeps on burning

On today’s episode of “The Millionaire,” City Finance Director Elena Adair shows up on your doorstep.  She’s carrying a check and an envelope. The check is for $1.2 million (inflation, you know). The envelope contains a letter enclosing a resolution … Continue reading

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Memo to the City Manager (Part III)

Today, the Merry-Go-Round concludes our series of columns on the major challenges confronting new City Manager Eric Levitt and his staff in the coming years. Nobody asked us, but . . . the most difficult task Mr. Levitt may face … Continue reading

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Memo to the City Manager (Part II)

Twenty-two years ago last week, the U.S. Navy left Naval Air Station Alameda, and nearly 18,000 jobs went with it. Ever since, creating jobs to replace those lost – and generating new employment opportunities for Alameda residents and others – … Continue reading

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