Tag Archives: Trish Spencer

Mailing it in

If you’re an Alameda property owner, you got in the mail a day or so ago a four-page document from the City of Alameda entitled, “Notice of Public Hearing/2019 Water Quality and Flood Protection Fee.” And you may well have … Continue reading

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Memo to the City Manager (Part I)

Years ago, there was a sports writer named Jimmy Cannon who penned a syndicated column called, “Nobody asked me, but . . .” Today, the Merry-Go-Round begins a series of posts about the major challenges we think new City Manager … Continue reading

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Stand up or bow down

Tuesday will be a day of reckoning – perhaps the first of many – for newly elected Vice Mayor John Knox White.

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Lace on the gloves and put up your hands

Let’s get ready to rumble! Those of our readers who like to watch a good fight between the public-spirited impulses of the citizenry and the self-protective instincts of the bureaucracy ought to tune in Tuesday night to watch the latest … Continue reading

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Homeless in Alameda

During the last two years, the City of Alameda opened a new fire station/emergency operations center that cost $9 million to build (and will end up costing $14 million when all the debt is paid off). The City Council also … Continue reading

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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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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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