News Briefs

Gas Leak Evacuates High School

Alameda Police Department (APD) reported that shortly before 9 a.m., Tuesday, its officers and Alameda Fire Department (AFD) paramedics responded to the report of a gas leak in a science classroom at Encinal High School. Leaking gas led to the evacuation of 12 students. APD stated that AFD paramedics transported three of the students to a local hospital for observation. School authorities sent five of the students home to their parents.

The rest of the school was not affected by the leak or evacuation, APD stated. The leak has been repaired.

Gallant suit fails

The Alameda County Superior Court ruled against former interim city manager Ann Marie Gallant in her wrongful termination lawsuit against the city last Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Judge John True ruled in favor of the city of Alameda because, according to court documents, "the plaintiff has not shown that she was terminated," "the defendant did not violate the labor code," and the "plaintiff is not entitled to declaratory relief."

When Gallant was appointed interim city manager in April 2009, she was given a 24-month contract. When the new mayor and city council was sworn in on Dec. 2010, they decided to place Gallant on paid administrative leave for the remaining three months of her term.

True declared because the Gallant was aware of the 24-month term and that the position was on an interim basis, her being put on paid leave for the remaining of the term was not a termination.

Gallant said she was terminated because she told Alameda officials that she witnessed Councilwoman Lena Tam conducting illegal activity, which is a labor code violation, but True said the city did not violate the labor code because Gallant was never fired.

Not only did True rule in favor of the city, he said the city was entitled to recover attorneys’ fees and costs from Gallant. That amount would be determined upon the city filing of a motion, according to court documents.

Gallant filed her suit against the city on Aug. 15, 2011.