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Re: “Updated: John Russo Is Leaving Alameda to Become New City Manager in Riverside

so clearly, Mr. Russo's recent claims that he's fine serving any mayoral and council leadership in the City of Alameda were false. Seems to me that a city manager should not be a politician but rather should be a city staffer focused on optimizing the city for we-the-residents. If it looks like a politician and walks like a politician . . .

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Posted by deniselai on 02/20/2015 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Friday Must Read: Redistricting Commission Releases New Maps; Alameda Firefighters Argued Against Cutting Water Rescue

Your facts are wrong about the Alameda Fire Department. The only thing the city cut was the boat. They did not cut water rescue. They did not cut rescue swimming. The firefighters did that all on their own: they refused to partake in the funded, scheduled water rescue certification training.

And one more thing: on July 22nd, the AFD responded to a 'water rescue' at Shoreline Drive, which is the same SHALLOW CALM water that Mr. Zack was in. The AFD responded with a boat, their new $15K shiny boat. Which is a ridiculous response when the fellow needing rescue (again) was in oh 5 feet of water. The Alameda firefighters apparently do not like getting wet..... And how much does it cost to launch a two boards and 2 swimmers? How much does it cost to start up a boat and drive it around the island to get to Crown Beach? The REAL problem at AFD is that their procedures and protocols do NOT differentiate between the estuary and Crown Beach---the firefighters can respond any way they see fit, and apparently they like their power toys better than simply getting wet and getting the job done.

Posted by deniselai on 08/05/2011 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Thursday Must Read: Brown to Propose Tax Measure; Alameda Top Officials Ousted

Regarding item #3: the real story here is not that Mayor Marie Gilmore did this---it was expected---but it's HOW she did it. Gilmore failed to follow basic legal principles last week. Her actions in that meeting violated The Brown Act on several fronts.

FIRST VIOLATION OF THE BROWN ACT: Gilmore's meeting agenda deliberately omitted a topic about the city manager's contract and the city attorney's contract. The public was thusly disallowed from speaking on these topics in the open session prior to the closed session. CLOSED SESSIONS CANNOT DISCUSS TOPICS THEY HAVE NOT PLACED ON THE PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA.

SECOND VIOLATION OF THE BROWN ACT: Then Gilmore not only discussed employee contracts in the closed session, she had decisions made about them....WITHOUT providing the employees the opportunity to be present or have a representative present! CLOSED SESSIONS CANNOT DISCUSS EMPLOYEEE COMPENSATION WITH THE EMPLOYEE BEING PRESENT OR HAVING REPRESENTATION.

I also heard that she fired a city employee, then when told that mayors can't fire/hire city employees, she had the person re-hired, for now. But that's hearsay; I have no proof of this at this time. But apparently Gilmore never paid attention these last several years sharing the dias with Mayor Johnson. Gilmore doesn't seem to know the job description or the purview and limitations of being a mayor. It's disturbing at best that someone with this lack of basic job knowledge has been elected. Follow this topic discussion on my blog:

Posted by deniselai on 01/01/2011 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Alameda's Emergency Care Is on the Line Tonight

Interesting facts: ALS became the County EMS standard in 1983. Alameda city continued providing BLS only for another fourteen (14) years! This meant that in order to get the same stabilization that Alameda County paramedics offered in the field, in the City of Alameda, one had to be transported to the hospital before receiving that level of care. It ensured acute cases went to Alameda Hospital. This was the 1983 intent of the Alameda doctors. (yes, I have the source documents.)

Recently, I discovered a County EMS stroke transport preference in the City of Alameda for Alameda Hospital despite the fact that Alameda Hospital is not a Certified Stroke Center. When I exposed this substandard EMS protocol, the County EMS acted quickly and changed it. Alamedans now get taken directly into stoke centers off island. HOWEVER, Alameda Hospital's CEO and board continue to misrepresent contemporary and sound emergency medicine when they talk about what acute cases the Alameda Fire Department ambulances bring to them, particularly about stroke. They say they get stroke victims at/after 4 hours after stroke onset, which makes no sense because they can only provide IV drug therapies which are ineffective after 4 hours, while a stroke center has several effective interventions they can use up until 8 hour after stroke onset. See more, with sources, on my blog:

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Posted by deniselai on 12/07/2010 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Robert Gammon's Next Beat?

Mr. Gammon: please investigate what I believe is a cross-agency cabal that has had some form since 1983 across the Alameda Hospital, the County EMS, and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. But most recently, in 2007, these three agencies collaborated to alter the County EMS protocols in the City of Alameda in a very specific way that would benefit the hospital, her revenues, her ability to retain doctors while ensuring substandard emergency care for Alameda residents and her visitors. It may be illegal, certainly it comprsed profound depravity. I have the documents that support my claims. There are more documents to study, and much more to understand about a city that has, since 1983, deliberately provided substandard EMS care in order to secure acute cases for the hospital, for her doctors----an these decisions were made by the doctors themselves at the hospital! And continue to be---talk about a conflict of interest! Alameda (city) Mayor Beverly Johnson has been putting light onto the EMS Stoke protocols for the City of Alameda at city council meetings, but there is much much more to this story, and far more to change in the city EMS and perhaps the county EMS in order for the ambulances to provide the same level of care and transport to the correct facilities that every other city in Alameda County receives. Every one deserves optimum care. The fact that a few of those in charge, in closed door meetings without minutes have made longterm, years in some case, decades in others, decisions to provide substandard EMS care is simply appalling. How many have been harmed from this, wholly unnecessarily? A handful of residents---who work full time---have been heading up this research, and speaking out. It would be very helpful for a professional to get into this and really figure out the quagmire that is Alameda emergency medical services. Please consider my request!!! Thank you. More here, and contact me here:

Posted by deniselai on 11/17/2010 at 8:03 AM

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