Tag Archives: Kevin Kennedy

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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Spend away!

Three weeks ago, the Merry-Go-Round reported on City Finance Director Elena Adair’s forecast that, if all of the additional spending proposed for the next two fiscal years were to take place, the “available balance” in the General Fund would drop … Continue reading

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United they stand

Some time very soon – we predict – a flyer will arrive on Alamedans’ doorsteps or in their mailboxes endorsing candidates for Council, Auditor, Treasurer, and School Board. It will be printed on glossy paper.  It will be well-designed and … Continue reading

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Let the campaign begin!

The campaign season is now officially open in Alameda, and the Merry-Go-Round is ready to rumble.

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No wage stagnation to worry about here, Bernie (plus: Muzzle off!)

“Stagnant wages.” If you’ve been listening to Bernie Sanders’s campaign speeches – any of them – you’ve heard the phrase.  According to the Senator, it is “profoundly wrong” that, even as the “billionaire class” rakes in the dough, wages for … Continue reading

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Putting our money where their mouths are

Back in June, gloating over a projected $30.8 million balance in the General Fund as of the end of this fiscal year, Council instructed staff to come up with a list of recommendations about how to “allocate” – i.e., spend … Continue reading

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A few words about the budget

The Merry-Go-Round is willing to wager that Council will not tarry long before approving the two-year General Fund budget to be presented Tuesday. And why should it? Those on the dais will be told that the budget projects a $1.2 … Continue reading

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Whom do you trust?

All right, dear readers, the Merry-Go-Round has a question for you: Suppose you wanted an authoritative evaluation of the impact on the City’s financial condition of a proposed deal between the City and its public safety unions that establishes a … Continue reading

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The proposed public safety union contracts

We’re sure that, if anyone heeded the exhortation by Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese to begin studying the proposed new public safety union contracts as soon as they were posted Tuesday afternoon, it was readers of the Merry-Go-Round.  After all, who … Continue reading

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Can you handle the truth?

In urging City Council last December to approve new four-year contracts with the public safety unions, City Manager John Russo came up with a last-minute argument calculated to quiet the budget conservatives.  True, Mr. Russo admitted, the contracts would increase … Continue reading

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