The City of Alameda has released the audio and transcript of the August 2017 meeting between former Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach and Councilmembers Malia Vella and Jim Oddie, Wednesday, Nov. 20, on its website.
In the one-and-a-half-hour meeting, Keimach expressed her exasperation for the perceived pressure she received from now-former Alameda Firefighters Union President Jeff Del Bono to hire Domenick Weaver as the city’s new Fire Chief. Weaver was backed by the firefighters’ union. At one point in the audio Keimach describes a conversation she had with Del Bono.
On Nov. 2, I notified the Alameda City Attorney and City Manager of my perspective that the audio recording of the conversation between me, former City Manager Jill Keimach, and Councilmember Malia Vella should be released.
It is illegal in California to tape private conversations without the knowledge and permission of all parties. The former City Manager violated these ethics and was investigated for doing so.
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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.
Former Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach was absolved of any wrongdoing by the Alameda County District Attorney’s (DA) office after secretly recording a meeting that involved her, Vice Mayor Malia Vella and Councilmember Jim Oddie.
“I am extremely grateful to the District Attorney’s office for its careful examination of all the facts in this case and concluding that I told the truth in the face of extreme political pressure,” stated Keimach in a press release.
Residents of Alameda and surrounding cities will meet along the Alameda beach to create a human chain to promote inclusiveness.
The event, Hands Across Alameda, is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20, which is also President’s Day. Alamedans are set to continue a tradition of inclusiveness as they cross the partisan divide by crossing hands together. The event was organized through social media and promoted by the city.
City Manager Jill Keimach announced yesterday the appointment of Nicolas Procos as general manager of Alameda Municipal Power (AMP). He replaces Glenn Steiger, who retired in August. Procos will step into his new job on Feb. 22. He has more than 17 years of experience with electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber optic utilities.