M Irons 
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Re: “Ranked-Choice Voting Repeal Blocked

Ranked Choice Voting is not another name for Instant Run-Off Voting. IRV is only one version of RCV. As simple the basic math really is it's amazing how complex it can be to discuss RCV. I'm so tired of hearing people blame the election of Jean Quan on IRV, with the caveat about Perata getting the plurality on the first round as some sort of evidence about how obviously defective IRV is. If I can't understand it, it must be bad, especially if it doesn't have the outcome I wanted. Yeah the most efficient means to the most democratic outcome is always bad. BTW- IRV is most democratic because it eliminates a second opportunity for candidates with most money to buy the election.

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Posted by M Irons on 04/26/2012 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Letters for March 9

I think using the header "Gallant is guilty" over my letter tends to put words in my mouth, but also reinforces my complaint which was more about the job your paper has done covering Alameda City Hall than it was to point out how bad Gallant is supposed to be.

Posted by M Irons on 03/19/2011 at 2:19 PM

Re: “An Alameda Power Play?

apologies- post 9:06 a.m. should read more clearly that the City Manager previous to Gallant may have been the opposite to the two between whom she served, i.e she was not demonstrative and unlike the other two, she looked TOO MUCH to council for direction.

Posted by M Irons on 02/17/2011 at 9:13 AM

Re: “An Alameda Power Play?

It's too hard to explain to anybody who hasn't experienced the last several years of Alameda politics that this article is incomplete. It sounds like you got both sides, but it's awfully slanted article. It really requires going back two City mangers ago to get the entire trajectory. We had a guy who was similarly prone to overreaching which lead to the City manager who preceded Gallant who perhaps was not to far the opposite. If you live here you know the article could have been written by activists who back Gallant.

The article fails to include all the recent evidence that Gallant was sitting on information about various city business and stalling to manipulate things toward a specific agenda. She also used her position to engage in a contracts for amounts just under the limit ( $75,000) which requires council approval for projects of her choosing with non-local companies with which she had relationships. It would take another four page article to explain the entire scenario, but people should not take this article as complete.

Posted by M Irons on 02/17/2011 at 9:06 AM

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