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Resident initiates process for Councilmember’s recall

The Alameda Sun sent a request to the Alameda County District Attorney’s office for a copy of the recording of the meeting between former City Manager Jill Keimach and Councilmembers Malia Vella and Jim Oddie.

The request was made to Deputy District Attorney Teresa Drenick. Drenick said she has received several requests for a copy of the recording of the meeting. The Sun earlier requested the tape from the Alameda County Grand Jury, but were rebuffed.

Two suspicious fires brought Alameda Fire Department (AFD) to Woodstock Park, 351 Cypress St., in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 13. The first call at 1:51 a.m. involved a trash-can fire that firefighters quickly extinguished.  

Less than two hours later AFD answered a second call to the park. The report of a structure fire brought 10 firefighters back to the park. They arrived to see flames destroying a popular play structure.  Firefighters were able to extinguish the second fire before it could spread to any nearby structures. 

Alameda Point Partners, LLC (APP) announced last week that it has completed demolition of the entire 30-acre Site A and is 50 percent complete with construction of the infrastructure, which includes water, sewer, electrical and gas lines; a street grid with bike and transit lanes; 8 acres of original parks as well as a ferry terminal in Seaplane Lagoon. The ferry dock is currently being fabricated and construction of the terminal is slated to begin this fall. 

East Bay Regional Park district looks for public input on future projects 

As the East Bay Regional Park District (EBPRD) celebrates its 85th anniversary and makes plans for the future, they want to know what features and activities locals would like to see added, and what can be improved. All are encouraged to participate in a survey that also teaches about some of the issues the district is facing throughout its 73 parks in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The City Council will discuss the city’s responses to the Grand Jury’s four findings and four recommendations at its Tuesday, July 16, meeting. In a report released on June 21, the Grand Jury announced that its investigation concluded that two members of the City Council — then Vice Mayor Malia Vella and Councilmember Jim Oddie — violated the City Charter. “They took steps at the behest of a labor organization to push for its candidate by privately meeting with the City Manager and pressing the issue,” the report states. 

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