Tag Archives: Maria Vella

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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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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Fees for service

They’re at it again. A little more than a month ago, Council voted to increase the fees charged to Alamedans for “fire prevention services” by a total of $1,876,194 over a four-year period. Tuesday, the Council members will be asked … 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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Following the money

When Marie Gilmore unexpectedly lost her bid for re-election as Mayor in 2014, there were some who blamed organized labor for not providing her with the level of financial support necessary to ensure her victory. Well, no one’s going to … Continue reading

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Stand up and be counted

The initiative sponsored by the Alameda Renters Coalition to amend the City Charter to restrict rent increases and prohibit “no-cause” evictions is still seeking a champion among the candidates running for Council.

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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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