Chamber of commerce hosts official event on the Point
City Manager Jill Keimach delivered her second annual report to the Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Feb. 24. She began her talk by asking members of the audience to choose their favorite colors. She introduced a high-tech, real-time method to vote by way of Smartphones. The audience watched as their choices appeared on the screen behind Keimach, finally settling on the color blue.
The report by Michael Jenkins released earlier this month detailed the timeline of the city’s fire chief appointment process.
The ordeal began in March 2017 when former Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Fire Chief Doug Long informed City Manager Jill Keimach he would be retiring. Long publically announced his retirement in April 2017, but his official retirement date would come on Sept. 22, 2017.
The independent investigation regarding the Alameda Fire Chief selection process revealed Councilmember Jim Oddie violated the City Charter when he wrote a letter of recommendation for Domenick Weaver to City Manager Jill Keimach.
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.
SoCal lawyers hired to investigate city manager’s recent accusations
Alameda city officials have hired a Southern California law firm to conduct an investigation to determine whether members of the City Council wrongly interfered with the Alameda fire chief hiring process.
City Attorney Janet Kern confirmed the hiring of Jenkins & Hogin, LLP to conduct the investigation. The investigation is underway and the firm has no deadline. Once the investigation is finished a report will be presented to the Council.
Delay Tuesday’s closed session Item 3-B, City Manager’s evaluation
The agenda for Tuesday, Oct. 17, City Council meeting contains the following item to be heard in closed session: 3-B, 2017-4824, Public Employee Performance Evaluation, Pursuant to Government Code § 54957; Positions Evaluated: City Manager Jill Keimach; City Attorney Janet Kern; and City Clerk Lara Weisiger
The City of Alameda announced the launch of the Alameda Budget Challenge this week. The interactive online tool allows Alamedans an opportunity to designate how their priorities should be reflected in a hypothetical budget. As in past years, this year’s Budget Challenge will allow users to experience firsthand the difficult choices in developing a responsible balanced budget with a variety of service priorities in mind.
In June 2015, Alameda Point Partners (APP) got the green light from the City Council to proceed with the development of a 68-acre site at Alameda Point. The property, known as Site A, extends from the old East Gate of the Naval Air Station at Main Street and today’s Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway to Seaplane Lagoon.