Tag Archives: Mike Henneberry

Treating the OGC like a potted plant

When Council unanimously passed the Sunshine Ordinance in 2011, it gave the Open Government Commission the power to invalidate an action by a governmental body – including Council itself – if the Commission found a violation of the Ordinance’s requirements … Continue reading

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Election Oddi(e)ty

Ever since the election results began coming in, one question has nagged the Merry-Go-Round:  How could so many Alamedans – more than 10,000 at last count – vote to re-elect Councilman Jim Oddie, knowing that he violated the City Charter, … Continue reading

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You’ve got mail(ers)

There’s still another week to go before the election, and the Merry-Go-Round expects that Alamedans are going to see a last-minute flurry of mailers from or about local mayoral and Council candidates.  (The truly vile hit pieces often are saved … Continue reading

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DelBono v. Ashcraft

Last week, the Merry-Go-Round reported how, according to the report by public-agency lawyer Michael Jenkins, Councilwoman Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft refused to join the offensive mounted by Alameda firefighters’ union president Jeff DelBono to get his hand-picked candidate appointed fire chief. … 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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Notes on the election

The results of Tuesday’s elections for Council and other local offices came as no surprise to the Merry-Go-Round.  Indeed, the electoral rules we discussed last week predicted a Vella victory and a Daysog defeat. Absent any exit polls, there’s no … Continue reading

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Firehouse rules

Once upon a time, there were a couple of basic rules for Alameda Council elections: No first-time candidate ever will be able to spend her way onto Council. The incumbent always wins.

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