Here's this week's edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review.
The City Council will be considering a pair of key decisions Tuesday with implications for the both the near-term and farther-flung future of Alameda Point. The council will consider whether to hire a new company to manage and lease all of the city’s property – including Alameda Point – and also, whether to approve a proposed list of evaluation criteria for assessing development proposals for the former Navy base.
A former Alameda fire chief owes the city more than a quarter million dollars in legal costs after agreeing to drop the last standing claim in a lawsuit claiming he had been wrongly fired.
An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled on Thursday that former chief David Kapler would be required to pay the city $260,535.39 in attorney's fees and costs, nearly two weeks after his attorney filed paperwork dropping the two-year-old lawsuit. An appeals court ruled in 2012 that the fees and costs would be due.
A state appeals court has thrown out most of former Alameda Fire Chief David Kapler’s wrongful termination suit against the city but will allow Kapler’s claim that the city owes him post-employment benefits to proceed.
In an unpublished opinion issued Thursday, a three-judge First District Court of Appeal panel ruled that city officials’ investigation into Kapler’s gasoline use and their decision to terminate him were protected public participation efforts and that Kapler, an at-will employee, had not demonstrated a likelihood that he would prevail in his case, save his claim that the city owes him benefits.