Tag Archives: Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft

Pros and cons

Like a diabetic staying away from sweets, the Merry-Go-Round makes it a rule to avoid private communications about political issues with the fine folks who sit on the dais at Council chambers every other Tuesday.  If they haven’t said it, … Continue reading

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They said it

Years ago, Professor Irving Younger taught us that one of the primary objectives of a closing argument should be to strengthen the convictions of those jurors who already are inclined to vote your way and to dispel the doubts of … Continue reading

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Bull “cap”

The Merry-Go-Round received our first mailer of the election season two days ago. It was paid for by Alamedans-In-Charge. It urged a Yes vote on Measure K. And it contained a claim that was, at best, misleading, and, at worst, … Continue reading

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And they’re off!

Traditionally, Labor Day marks the beginning of the political campaign season.  The Merry-Go-Round missed the kickoff by a week, but we’ll try to make up for it today by commenting about a couple of the actors in our local political … Continue reading

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The “nexus” between market-rate and affordable housing

Today we submit for your consideration the following heresy: The market-rate residential developments approved or proposed for Alameda aren’t going to solve the problem of the shortage of affordable housing in the City.  In fact, if anything, they’re going to … Continue reading

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The NBA comes to City Hall

The next time Stephan Curry visits Alameda City Hall during a Council meeting – after finishing his round at the new Corica Park south course – he’ll see a familiar sight if he looks at the big screen behind the … Continue reading

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A half-sense sales-tax increase

If you like the way the Alameda City Council has been spending the taxpayers’ money for the last several years, the Merry-Go-Round has got a deal for you: Just vote for the sales-tax-increase measure expected to be placed by Council … Continue reading

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