Tag Archives: Tony Daysog

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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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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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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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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“Progressives” and Prop. 10

At first glance, it might seem easy for any Alamedan who identifies herself as a “progressive” to decide to back Proposition 10, which would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act and permit cities to enact rent-control ordinances covering all rental properties within … Continue reading

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Real Alamedans united

At the Merry-Go-Round, we’ve always had a soft spot for grassroots organizations formed by ordinary citizens to use the electoral process to achieve shared policy objectives, especially when the ruling class won’t listen to them. This is why we admire … Continue reading

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