New City Council Seated
Alameda’s lame-duck City Council sat for the last time on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Councilmembers took care of the consent calendar and put their final stamp on three ordinances — one dealing with leases, a second with parking and a third with taxes. They wrapped the meeting up with a resolution commending outgoing City Council member Tony Daysog for his 14 years of service on the Council.
Following a brief recess, Judge Delbert Gee administered the oaths of office to incumbent Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Alameda’s newest Councilmember Malia Vella. Both won their seats in the Nov. 8 election. Vella is taking the seat vacated by Daysog. As their first order of business, councilmembers unanimously selected Vella as vice-mayor. Tradition dictates that the top vote-getter in the Nov. 8 election sit as vice-mayor. Vella had that honor.
In the brief meeting that followed Councilmember Jim Oddie introduced a referral that asked his fellow members to consider directing staff to analyze the ramifications of declaring Alameda a sanctuary city. In addition Oddie hopes the new City Council would adopt policies that refuse any orders of mass arrests or internments and that refuse to participate in any registration of individuals based on religious beliefs.
Oddie also hopes to have a hand in passing a resolution the reaffirms Alameda’s commitment not only to lesbian gay bisexual and transgender rights, but to religious freedoms and to racial, social and economic justice as well.
Kenney, Kearney Sworn into Office
Kevin Kennedy and Kevin Kearney took oaths to initiate their new terms of office — Kennedy as City Treasurer and Kearney as City Auditor. Both were reelected. Kearney has served as City Auditor for 25 years; Kennedy has held the office of City Treasurer since 2000.