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Alameda Politics in Media Focus

The East Bay Express has a feature on the Island’s political scene this week, “An Alameda Power Play?”

It sums up much of the mess that’s occurred on the Island over the past year or so, but doesn’t offer too much new, unfortunately. And it takes a very narrow look at Alameda’s wide array of issues.

What’s worth reading, though, is the comments section online.

Readers ask if the Express piece isn’t way too supportive of ex-City Manager Anne Marie Gallant.

They point out that while it can be argued that there is a Marie Gilmore-Lena Tam-Rob Bonta voting block, the same could also be true of the previous council trio of Beverly Johnson-Frank Materesse-Doug DeHaan.

One commentator writes that Bonta, an attorney, was probably smart to vote on putting Gallant on unpaid leave rather than firing her, since she may be needed as a witness in the city’s legal dispute with SunCal.

Finally, while some island residents may be concerned about the way three council members are voting/behaving (which the story implies), there may be even more Alamedas who are very troubled by the overall lack of focus on filling important city positions and the city’s need for managerial, fiscal, civic and educational soundness.

It’s also worth pointing out that the story quotes former Vice Mayor A.J. “Lil” Arnerich, current councilmembers, one Alameda businessman and an Island journalist.

Too bad more Alamedans didn’t get to share their thoughts on the city government with the Express writer and with East Bay residents. Guess they can do so now online.

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Meth bust in Alameda

The Alameda Journal‘s Peter Hegarty has this story up about a meth bust on Alameda Ave. in Alameda. The East Bay Express has an item up about the arrest, too. What’s most interesting about the Express post is the way it characterizes Alameda, in kind of a snotty way. “Alameda,” writes the Express’s Kathleen Richards, “home to old-fashion ice cream stores, barber shops, La PiƱata and meth dealers.” Sometimes it gets tiresome to be a city summed up in clever catch phrases—someone told me on the playground this morning something she’d heard people say about Alameda, “Home to newly weds and nearly deads.”