10:12 p.m. Mayor Gilmore and councilmembers deHaan and Bonta say how much they enjoyed working with Goldman, and wish her well. Rob Ratto of the offers praise, too: "Thanks, kid," he said.
10:06 p.m. Back in session. Acting City Manager Lisa Goldman is noting that tonight is her last meeting in the role. Next meeting . Goldman thanks staff for support their support and council for the opportunity to serve.
9:55 p.m. Still on recess.
9:49 p.m. Still on recess. Noise in hallway calming down ... people leaving. Media gone.
9:43 p.m. Lots of people in the hallway now and the council took a brief recess. Most media gone, just ABC 7 and KQED and Patch left, I think.
9:42 p.m. Mayor Gilmore thanks all residents for coming to talk, though many of those who spoke have already left the chambers and gone out into the hallway. "Your comments were heartfelt, and that's something we all need to hear," she said. "This has been an immensely difficult for all of us ... it's going to take time for this community to come back together again and have the same kind of confidence we used to have in your city government and your public safety."
9:39 p.m Councilman deHaan says it's a difficult and sad time for the community. Tam says she's glad that all 911 transcripts will be released so people can learn more about actually happened ... ten or so people groan and leave as Tam begins to talk.
9:37 p.m. Bonta: "This is a serious and tragic incident, my heart goes out to Mr. Zack and his family for their loss," he said. He said water rescue program has been reinstated and a thorough investigation will be conducted. "We can do better, we must do better, and we will do better," he said.
9:33 p.m. Speaker 27: Man says he was first person called by Zack's mother for help. Says he called 911. "Despite what anyone else says he was mentally derranged, it was surreal and he walked into the water, and I took one step in the water and I thought I can't help this guy." He talked about how he thought rescue workers would come and save Zack, and they didn't. Says he feels guilty that he did not do more, wonders if he could have done more.
9:30 p.m. Trish Spencer, school board member, talks about feeling less safe. "I never, ever thought in a million years that if any of us had any accidents that if we happened to be in the water we would not be rescued," Spencer said. She talks about her sister's suicide 15 years ago, and how paramedics tried to help her. "That should happen everywhere," she said.
9:28 p.m. Speaker 25. Says he wrestles with chronic depression. Says he imagines Raymond Zack looking back to the beach and seeing all these people looking at him and he imagines Zack thinking they don't care.
9:27 p.m. Speaker 24 is calm, speaks quickly, and is hard to understand. He says he would wait for the independent investigation. He thanks City Council for doing their job. He is not angry; he is in a minority tonight.
9:26 p.m. Speaker 23. Calm, few words. "I am concerned about heart. Do we have heart?" she said. "And nobody has apologized yet."
9:25 p.m. Speaker 22. Dawna Dowdell, who volunteers with police department. "More should have been done," she said. "We need to think about being a hero."
9:22 p.m. Speaker 21. Woman who says she's never spoken at council before, a self-identified nurse. "I find it tragic and I find it frightening that I live in a town that" would allow this to happen. "God forgive those who didn't help him," she said.
9:20 p.m. Speaker 20. Not yelling, calm voice. "I have been so proud for so long to live in Alameda and to have it be now that I am totally embarrassed to live in Alameda is a very sad day."
9:17 p.m. Speaker 19, Carol Gottstein. "My moral compass does not have a dollar sign attached to it," she said. "I agree with just about every speaker except Mr. Spangler." Points out that the news was national and huge. "What you do here will be watched by the entire country," Gottstein said.
9:14 p.m. Greg deHaan. "I'm a little bent out of shape from when the firefighters used an ill technique to try to strangle this community for money," deHaan said, saying Alameda's firefighters are paid too much and don't perform their jobs properly.
9:11 p.m. Speaker 17: Calm. A self-identified resident of Alameda since 1966 and former police officer. "I want to know why the chiefs are not here tonight? Why aren't they?"
9:09 p.m.: Speaker 15, calmer. Speaker 16. "This concerns ethics," she says. "Ethics have nothing to do with budget cuts."
9:08 p.m. Speaker 14: Jon Spangler suggests all Alamedans are responsible because they were living here when budget cuts and water rescue capability were cut.
8:59 p.m. Speaker 12, angry. Speaker 13: "I have well over 50 classes in anger management yet I still feel angry," he said, recalling how, after his father died of cancer, the firefighter-paramedics arrived and tried to resuscitate his father even though he asked them not to. Firefighters that day, he says, told him they were bound to try to save his life.
8:56 p.m. Speaker 11. Calm voice. The last several have been yelling. "Raymond Zack left the world looking back knowing that 75 people did not care," she said. "I'm very very anxious for everything to happen in the right order and a timely matter to make sure this incident is never repeated in the city I'm so proud to live in."
8:51 p.m. Self-identified Oakland firefighter who says he is breaking with protocol by talking about other firefighters. "This was a minor incident that turned tragic," he said. "What happens if there's a major incident? I'm not sure they're up to the task."
8:50 p.m. Speaker nine, angry.
8:45 p.m. Speaker eight, Rosemary McNally. Says three-minute time limit for speakers at City Council should not apply because of urgency of the situation. Mayor Gilmore should have been there on Memorial Day since she promised to be a full-time mayor when she was running for office.
8:41 p.m. Speaker, seven. A self-identified nurse at Highland Hospital who says she has worked closely with people who are violent. "I have never been so ashamed of the city of Alameda as I have been after this incident," she said, turning to address the audience, shouting, "We killed him!"
8:38 p.m. Speaker five, angry. Speaker six, angry: "Here we are on an Island and having a police and fire department tell us they are not allowed to perform land-water rescue."
8:34 p.m. Speaker three, angry. Speaker four: "When this incident took place, like most people in town, I was pissed," he said. "The fire department is to blame and I hate to say it but the city is, too ... you should be embarrassed and ashamed."
8:28 p.m. Speaker number two. Denise Lai. Questioning if Raymond Zack was suicidal because he chose a public very place to walk into the water. Asking why no one went in to save him. "The firefighters consisently fail to perform every time they can't do the job themselves and they need to engage other agencies," Lai said.
8:23 p.m. "We understand there is a confidence problem right now," Mayor Gilmore said. "We need to assure the public that we can and will make the changes we need to."
8:21 p.m. Mayor Gilmore calling for an independent review of documents, procedures, protocols related to the incident. "We understand that people are really upset and rightly so," said Gilmore. "But we really need to wait for the results of the investigation." She says it's not the time to point fingers and place blame.
8:20 p.m. "This has been a really tragic situation for Mr. Zack and members of his family," said Gilmore. "We have had many phone calls and emails from members of the public."
8:17 a.m. City Manager Lisa Goldman says they're creating a place on the city's website to collect documents related to the incident, including transcripts of the 911 calls and the March 2009 order regarding water safety.
8:16 p.m. Water rescue training has been reinstated, and 30 Alameda firefighters have volunteered for training.
8:04 p.m. Rob Ratto, director of the Park Street Business Association is talking about the new rate structure for Alameda County Industries. "Of course my guys would be happier if the rates went down," Ratto said.
7:55 p.m. Please note: Councilmember Beverly Johnson is absent. I don't know why. Mayor Gilmore, Vice Mayor Bonta and councilmembers deHaan and Tam are here. Routine business continues. KRON left already. Not sure why.
7:49 p.m. Hearing public comment from a citizen who opposes .
At 6:56 p.m, moments before Alameda's is scheduled to start, the chamber is nearly full, and there are five more video cameras than usual.
Usually, there are no cameras but those that belong to the city and allow you to watch meetings from the comfort of your own home on Comcast channel 15.
And thanks to Donna Eyestone for the reminder that you can watch on your computer from the city's website.
Presumably, everyone is here to hear the report about on Memorial Day.
More details to come, of course.