Alameda News

City Council members have asked Assistant City Manager Liz Warmerdam to serve as Alameda’s interim city manager when the city’s current manager, John Russo, leaves on May 1.

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A cyclist pedals down the bikeway along Shore Line Drive that was officially opened last Saturday. Four members of the city council, including Mayor Trish Spencer appeared at the celebration which included cutting a ribbon. The design for the new infrastructure has met with both criticism and praise from local residents.

Fireman Apprentice Ayoub Innabi is greeted by his wife and five-month-old baby after he and the crew aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returned home following a 79-day patrol on March 1. Crewmembers aboard the Waesche spent time off the coast of San Diego completing rigorous proficiency exercises geared toward sharpening the unit’s readiness to conduct the many operations vital to the Coast Guard’s military, homeland defense and law-enforcement missions.

News Analysis

The lease for the Water Emergency Transport Authority (WETA) ferry maintenance comes before the City Council on March 3. Readers have expressed concerns about the harbor seal haul-out currently at the site of the facility. Despite lobbying and verbal assurance from WETA that it will build a new harbor seal haul-out, no written memorandum of understanding on the harbor seals exists for the City Council to consider. The lengthy lease agreement does not even mention the seals. 

City Manager John Russo is leaving Alameda for Riverside, an official with that city confirmed Thursday. 

Russo has been Alameda's top administrator since 2011.

Russo, a former Oakland City Council member who served as Oakland's city attorney for 11 years before coming to the Island, bested 40 other applicants, including five other finalists, for the job. He's expected to start work there on May 4.

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