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Alameda City Treasurer & Auditor Call for 10% Salary Cuts to Public Safety

By Erica Madison

“We don’t have a unilateral right to cut salaries. It’s a negotiation,” said Mayor Marie Gilmore at the June 26, 2012 City Council meeting.

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City of Alameda’s Budget Deficit drops from $5 Million to $700,000

By Erica Madison

After major cuts and loss of redevelopment money, Alameda finally presented its residents with good news; a balanced budget.

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Alameda: More Taxes, Higher Fees and Less Services to Bridge $4.4 million Deficit in 2012-2013

By Erica Madison

“We’re cutting out the bone marrow now. I don’t think we can absorb more cuts, City Councilmember Lena Tam said, at the second special City Council five year budget forecast meeting.

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Alameda City, Fire and Police Talk About the Raymond Zack Documentary

By Erica Madison

“The City has no position on it, said Deputy City Manager Alex Nguyen in response to questions about the upcoming Raymond Zack Documentary.

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Difficult Budget Times Ahead for Alameda in 2012

By Erica Madison

“Think about what you’re doing before you pass out those red pens,” a representative from the Alameda Library told Alameda City Council at last Tuesday’s budget session.

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Raymond Zack: An Inside Look at the Failures of Alameda Police and Fire Personnel

By Erica Madison

“He was kind, gentle and considerate, but never violent. I don’t understand why that was an issue,” Raymond Zack’s foster mother Dolores Berry told Alameda City Council on October 11, 2011.

Mrs. Berry and others who knew Zack attended a special City Council meeting investigating how and why Raymond Zach died [...]

Alameda Residents ask Attorney General to Investigate Zack Drowning

By Erica Madison

“The Grijalva report on the drowning of Raymond Zack is incomplete and full of inaccuracies, lacks scope and understanding of all the forces at play, and takes no corrective measures”, said Adam Gillitt during a press conference at city hall on October 11, 2011.

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Alameda City Manager John Russo Enjoys His Boat Tour of the Estuary

Update – September 12, 10:30 a.m. – Deputy City Manager Alex Nguyen responded to our inquiry about the Facebook post and the purpose of the boat tour, confirming the authenticity of Mr. Russo’s posting, and writing, “[The purpose was] To see the various marinas on the estuary, the various lots, and generally a different perspective [...]

Alameda Division Chief Failure as the Reason Firefighters didn’t Rescue Zack

Update: July 13th, 2011, 8:00 pm – Responding to a media request, Acting Deputy Chief of Operations Daren Olson declined to provide the name of the Division Chief cited in D’Orazi’s report to Council, citing personnel confidentiality, and saying only that the Division Chief is no longer employed by the City of Alameda.

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Alameda City Manager John Russo Defends Ruben Grijalva

By Erica Madison

At last Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, Alameda City Manager John Russo vehemently defended Alameda City’s decision to hire Ruben Grijalva.

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