City May Release Recording

The City Council discussed in closed session whether to release the audio of a meeting between former City Manager Jill Keimach and Councilmembers Malia Vella and Jim Oddie at its Nov. 5 meeting.

The closed session discussion was added to the meeting agenda after Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley sent a letter to Alameda City Attorney Yiben Shen urging the city to consider releasing the audio of the meeting. In the letter, dated Oct. 22, O’Malley believes now that the criminal and Civil Grand Jury investigations are complete, “it is the opinion of the District Attorney’s Office that the investigative exemption no longer applies to the city.”

O’Malley did not demand the city release the audio, only to consider the “public interest, open governance and transparency when making a final decision.” Oddie asked for the recording to be released to the public. Both statements appear in full on page 6.

Shen did not respond to the Alameda Sun’s request for a statement on the district attorney’s letter. The Council meeting took place after the Sun went to press. 

The Council also discussed in closed session whether Vella should be reimbursed for her legal fees incurred during the ordeal. Oddie has waived his claim for reimbursement from the city.