Friday Must Read: Russo Accepts Alameda City Manager’s Job; Brown Kills New Death Row

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1. Oakland City Attorney John Russo has accepted an offer to become Alameda’s city manager and is expected to make an official announcement soon, the Alameda Journal reports. The Alameda City Council is expected to approve Russo’s $215,000-a-year contract on Tuesday. It offered him the job on April 19, and he accepted, city staffers said. Russo, who is friends with Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore and Councilwoman Lena Tam, and was one of their biggest campaign donors last year, was widely expected to get the job. He also was unhappy in Oakland and had several high profile feuds with councilmembers and Mayor Jean Quan. Once Russo makes the announcement official, the Oakland council will have sixty days to name his replacement. If it fails to do so, then there will be a special election.

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