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Alameda: 2011 Year in Review

This past year was a busy one for Alameda, particularly for Alameda City Hall which saw a regime change following the election of a new Mayor in November of 2010. Here are some of the highlights from the past year from Action Alameda News.

January
Residents react to dismissal of interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant.

Citizen complaints spark investigation of Alameda Hospital’s Dr. Robert Deutsch.

February
Alameda City Council commits taxpayers to over $820 debt burden.

Rain swamps Alameda.

March
Alameda Unified School District passes new seven-year parcel tax, doubling and in some cases tripling taxes for residents.

Google awards high-speed fiber for communities project to Kansas City (not Alameda.)

April
Former Alameda Fire Chief David Kapler sues City of Alameda for wrongful dismissal.

Action Alameda News publishes The Otaez Series, a series of photographs from Mayor Marie Gilmore’s 2010 election night victory party.

May
Alameda City Council names John Russo City Manager.

Alameda resident Raymond Zack drowns at Crown Beach on Memorial Day, while public safety officials look on.

June
Alameda City Manager appoints Mike Noonan Chief of Police.

City of Alameda settles claim with Councilmember Lena Tam to pay $47,000 in legal expenses.

July
City hosts barbecue to woo Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory second campus to Alameda Point.

Alameda City Council approves plan for Boatworks project.

August
Action Alameda News breaks story of Boys & Girls Club donation to Mayor Marie Gilmore’s campaign, in violation of IRS rules.

Former Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant file lawsuit against City of Alameda for wrongful dismissal.

September
Alameda Hospital assessed penalties by the California Department of Public Health.

U.S. Navy agrees to no-cost transfer of Alameda Point to the City of Alameda.

October
Public outcry of planned land swap involving Chuck Corica Golf Complex.

Public outcry over felling of trees on Park Street.

November
Residents complain to State Attorney general regarding allegations of City Hall corruption.

Contract talks between school district and teachers break down.

December
Coast Guard honors Pearl Harbor survivors at 70th anniversary ceremony.

City partners with non-profits to keep animal shelter open.

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