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Alameda Police Consider All License Plate Scan Data to be Intelligence Information, Supporting Criminal Investigations

The Alameda Police department considers license plate scan data to be “intelligence information.”

Just by legally driving your own car in Alameda and having it scanned by an automated license plate reader (ALPR) makes you the subject of a criminal investigation, even if you’ve done nothing wrong. That’s the upshot of a letter from the [...]

Your New Alameda City Council Lineup

Three new City of Alameda councilmembers were sworn-in last night.

Alameda Superior Court Judge Delbert Gee swore-in three new Alameda City Councilmembers last night, and the returning City Auditor and Treasurer.

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Alameda Firefighters Continue Campaign Contributions Through 2011

The Alameda Firefighters Association Political Action Committee continued making campaign contributions to local officials through the first half of this year, giving $10,500 to sitting Alameda Councilmembers.

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City of Alameda Settles Lena Tam’s Claims for Legal Expenses

Late last Friday, the City of Alameda announced that it had settled a claim with Alameda City Councilmember Lena Tam for some $47,000 in legal expenses she incurred last year to defend against charges of official misconduct.

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Councilmember Lena Tam to Sue City of Alameda?

Alameda City Council will meet in closed session tonight to discuss an item that suggests that Alameda City Councilmember Lena Tam may sue the City of Alameda to recover legal expenses she incurred defending herself last year against allegations of official misconduct.

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Former Fire Chief David Kapler Lawsuit Against the City of Alameda

Correction: A closer reading of the complaint reveals that Kapler is in fact claiming $4 million in damages – $2 million for general damages to his reputation and $2 million in special damages. See items 81 and 82 in the claim, below.

On April 14th, former Alameda Fire Chief David Kapler filed a lawsuit [...]

Ann Marie Gallant Files Claim Against City of Alameda

Former Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant has filed a claim against the City of Alameda citing damages sustained at a closed-door Alameda City Council meeting on December 28th, 2010, wherein three council members voted to effectively terminate her contract. Filing such a claim is typically a predecessor to a lawsuit.

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Sources Describe “Stalinist Purge” At Alameda City Hall

Update, January 3, 2011 – City of Alameda employee Christina Baines confirmed accounts of Mayor Gilmore’s attempts to put her on paid administrative leave last week, writing to Action Alameda News today, “That may have been/is her intent [to fire me]; no one has said anything to me as of yet. The Mayor called me [...]

Nimbys vs. Newbies

by Dennis Green

One of the local Alameda blogs, “Blogging Bayport,” describes its opponents, the preservationists, as “Nimbys” — Not In My Back Yard. Most of the fans of that website, and one a little more subtle in its bias, Michele Ellson’s “The Island,” frequented by many of the same partisans as Bayport, are regarded [...]

Candidate Adam Gillitt Says Online Comment Confirms City of Alameda Democratic Club Manipulation

Alameda City Council Candidate Adam Gillitt claims that an online comment posted by a City of Alameda Democratic Club volunteer confirms what he says was manipulation of the election process at the Club’s voter registration table at the recent Webster Street Jam. Action Alameda News has confirmed the comment with its author.

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