Union Pres. Files Suit

 

The president of the firefighters’ union filed a claim against the city seeking more than $200,000 in damages for “false” and “malicious” accusations made by city employees that has damaged his professional reputation.

Jeff DelBono, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 689, filed his first claim with the City Clerk on March 21. He amended the claim on April 19. DelBono cites City Manager Jill Keimach, Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and other city employees with “knowledge of their falsity and with reckless regard of the truth for the purpose of damaging my employment” as the reason for the claim. 

DelBono cites several instances, including one where Ashcraft made “false and malicious accusations of crimes and misconduct” last November at The Local, a cafe on Park Street. Another example took place at Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, also on Park Street, in February. The claim does not describe the false accusations made, but said Becca Perata-Rosati, who runs a local public relations firm, witnessed the November incident. Alameda Fire Chief Edmond Rodriguez, who was selected by Keimach for the fire chief position, to the dismay of the union, was present during the February conversation, according to the document. 

DelBono also listed Vice Mayor Malia Vella and Councilmember Jim Oddie as witnesses. The two were accused of trying to influence Keimach’s hiring decision. Keimach said that DelBono also tried to influence her decision on the new fire chief. 

Keimach was placed on paid administrative leave in March when it was revealed that she secretly audio recorded a conversation between her, Vella and Oddie.