Tag Archives: John Russo

Not enough to go around

So do you want the good news or the bad news first? That’s what we thought. The good news is that, thanks primarily to the sale of three apartment buildings, the General Fund will receive about $4.7 million more in … Continue reading

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They’re there in Oakland

For more than a while now, the Merry-Go-Round has been listening as the developers of Site A at Alameda Point and the Del Monte warehouse try to explain why their projects have not broken ground, more than two years after … 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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Our next fire chief

So here’s the Merry-Go-Round’s question to the self-proclaimed “progressives” on Council like Vice Mayor Malia Vella and Councilman Jim Oddie: If you’re truly as committed to the goal of diversity as you tell your supporters you are, what are you … Continue reading

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A design for affordable housing

Here in Alameda, there are two ways to talk about the issue of affordable housing.

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The hidden costs of development

If you believe Willdan Financial Services – and why wouldn’t you? – 3,227 persons will be living, and another 5,016 working, every day at Alameda Point when the site is fully built out.  In addition, again according to Willdan (in … Continue reading

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A monument to . . . what?

The Merry-Go-Round hopes that, when the new Emergency Operations Center and Fire Station No. 3 finally open in May, about a year behind schedule, the City will offer free guided tours to Alameda residents. The last we heard, only one … Continue reading

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