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March 20, 2018

Say no to this

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

Tonight at the City Council it looks like the Council will be moving forward with appointing an Acting City Manager.  Which makes it weird that the agenda item right above that one still reads that Jill Keimach will be negotiating with East Bay Regional Park District about some land in the Northwest Territories.

So who could be the candidates for Acting City Manager will be sort of the usual folks: Assistant City Manager Liz Warmerdam would be the natural candidate.  She was appointed as the Interim City Manager after John Russo left.  Also interestingly enough, she never applied for the job of City Manager.

While Jill Keimach was at some conference Police Chief Paul Rolleri was appointed to serve as Acting City Manager when the whole business of tainted water occurred at Alameda Point.  So he could be in the running as well if the idea is to appoint someone who may not be interested in the permanent City Manager if it becomes open.

There also is Jennifer Ott who has served in the City Manager’s office previously as a deputy City Manager and would be a strong candidate to take over during these bumpy times.

But honestly though, it feels like this is going to be a fight over who isn’t going to take this job as opposed to wanting the job.

I mean, honestly, would you want to step into the middle of this particular cluster if you could say no?

Also, on the agenda is a report on Homelessness and asking for funding to help implement some of the initiatives.

Finally, no need for the City Staff to do much more explaining to the City Council in reference to Trish Spencer’s Council Referral attempting to remove the Multifamily Housing overlay.  Turns out the State Housing and Community Development office did it for them already.  (click on the correspondence link)


  1. When will the city deign to tell its citizens WTF is going on with Keimach & the investigation?

    Comment by dave — March 20, 2018 @ 6:19 am

    • Seriously. There feels to be an overly long stalling on giving any meaningful information on the topic.

      Comment by Lauren Do — March 20, 2018 @ 8:51 am

    • I’d be interested

      Comment by MP — March 20, 2018 @ 10:04 am

  2. Jennifer Ott would make a great City Manager, however she is far more important to Alameda at the Point right now. It would not be worth it for her to get involved in this “shit storm”.

    Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — March 20, 2018 @ 9:04 am

    • That’s the smartest thing you’ve posted in a long time, JP.

      Comment by vigi — March 20, 2018 @ 9:29 am

      • thank you vigi, that’s the smartest thing you have posted in a long time also.

        Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — March 20, 2018 @ 11:25 am

  3. The next CM is likely to have a very solid contract with very generous terms. It’s the only way the city will be able to fill the opening.

    Comment by dave — March 20, 2018 @ 9:23 am

  4. I am guessing that former City Manger John Russo is happy in Riverside and will not be moving back to Bay Area anytime soon.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 27, 2018 @ 7:53 am

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