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Neptune Point Not Nonsense

Dear Editor,

I watched Tuesday night’s (July 15th) City Council meeting on the tape recording. Go to 4:59:04 on the tape…at that point our City Manager John Russo just finishes up his comments to some of the members of the council telling them about how hard they had worked that night on all [...]

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Vote No on Proposition 42 (2014)

A letter from Action Alameda News Publisher David Howard…

Proposition 42 eliminates state subsidies to local agencies to help them comply with open meetings and public records law, in return for very little.

Local agencies are often un-cooperative in producing public records, especially when the news media or other members of the public use those [...]

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Citizen’s Group Schedules Forum On Responsible School Board Governance

Dear Editor,

Alameda Citizens Task Force (ACT) invites the public to attend a panel presentation and audience discussion on Responsible School Board Governance. In November, 2014 Alamedans will be electing two AUSD School Board trustees and voting on a proposed AUSD Tax Bond Measure.

Citizens must be informed about AUSD existing debt obligations and [...]

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Community Learning Center Schools (CLCS) Accrues Balance via Nea

Dear Editor,

Alameda’s Nea Community Learning Center (NeaCLC) k-12 public school has an ending fund balance of almost $1,200,000. Unfortunately the Nea executive director, and financial representative who assists the school with budgeting reports was unaware the money was classified as “unrestricted.”

The money has accumulated in recent years like roll-over minutes for cell [...]

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School District Should Refund Illegal Tax Before Seeking New Tax

Dear Editor,

The School Board should refund the illegal portion of Measure H before seeking a new tax.

The School District lost the suit over the non uniform parcel tax a year ago and still they continue to refuse to refund these taxes. The school district needs to refund these taxes before seeking another [...]

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Reject AUSD Tax Measure that Subsidizes Private Development

A letter from Action Alameda News publisher David Howard.

For those whose heads were left spinning by the enthusiasm with which the school board majority (Spencer opposed) gave away $4.6 million in cash for $1.95 million in return, here is some context.

City officials know that voters would never approve a tax increase to [...]

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AUSD Giving Away Valuable Property in Land Swap Deal

Dear Editor,

Regarding the AUSD/City of Alameda/Housing Authority land swap deal:

All parties involved met multiple times for months behind closed doors to develop this deal with no public involvement or transparency and announced the deal only last week. AUSD and city employees have presumptuously represented the deal as if it were already approved prior [...]

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We Got This One Wrong

Dear Editor,

City Management apologizes to the business community for the way in which the Business License Tax Audit was conducted. We heard from many of you and want you to know we listened. As a result of your feedback, we have decided to discontinue the business license audit program through Municipal Auditing Services (MAS). [...]

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Despite Public Opposition, Lena Tam Vows Alameda Will Have License Plate Readers Before She Leaves Office

Dear Editor,

Remember this the next time her name appears on a ballot [like for the BART Board in the upcoming election]

At the Alameda, City Council meeting of Tuesday 4 Feb 2014, at about 10:30 pm during “Council Communications”, Councilwoman Lena Tam announced the results of Alameda’s Public Forum on ALPRs [Automatic License Plate [...]

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Minding the Store – Assistant City Manager Elizabeth Warmerdam

Assistant City Manager Elizabeth Warmerdam (Courtesy photo)

Last week, the City released its unaudited fourth quarter financial report for Fiscal Year 2012/13 on all City funds. I thought I’d share the numbers. Over the past year, staff projected the City to be in the red. We anticipated that we would take in approximately $71.1 million [...]

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