Tag Archives: Jim Oddie

The self-destructing cap

This is the story of how the one successful effort to limit residential development on the northern waterfront – the 435-unit housing cap on the North Housing site – blew up in its proponents’ faces.

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What got into Jim?

It was, perhaps, no surprise that, at its last meeting of 2017, Council failed to approve a development agreement with Tim Lewis Communities for a project featuring 589 new housing units on the Encinal Terminals site. After all, approval would … Continue reading

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The latest financial update

Those Alamedans who weren’t able to stay up after 2 a.m. to catch the end of the live feed, or who later quit watching the video after seven hours, missed what may have been the most significant – and troubling … Continue reading

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Sealed lips, closed minds

To a small “d” democrat like the Merry-Go-Round, it seems indisputable that those who support a Council candidate at the polls have the right to expect that, once in office, the candidate actually will take a position and cast a … Continue reading

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One toke over the line

This is a column about pot. Now that we’ve got your attention . . . We are going to discuss today the cannabis ordinance passed by Council in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.  That’s the bait. Here’s the switch:  … Continue reading

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And in other news . . .

The scandal involving Council members Jim Oddie and Malia Vella has been dominating the local news recently, with the result that other stories have gone unreported. Here are a few of them:

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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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