Category Archives: City Hall

Action-Packed Start for New Council

The new city council is not wasting any time in making good on their campaign promises, and then some. On January 6, at the behest of Mayor Trish Spencer, they will consider repealing ordinances the former council adopted just two … Continue reading

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Point Counterpoint on Crab Cove Housing Plan

Many Alamedans have been asking the city council to remove the residential zoning from the federal parcel near Crab Cove.  On October 10, our own Recreation and Parks Commission decided to send a letter to the city council requesting the … Continue reading

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Buzz from City Hall

The problem with distortion in the television audio feed from city hall that I wrote about on January 26, 2012 was fixed, but now it’s back.  Recent broadcasts of city council and planning board meetings were difficult to endure.  Who or … Continue reading

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The Buzz from City Hall

Anyone who’s watched televised meetings from city hall knows about the background buzz when the camera angle changes.  It sounds like a short circuit in the video wires.  “Councilmember bzzzzzzzzzz.”  “Whabzzzzzzzz is the bzzzzzzzz fiscal bzzpact of bzzzzzz.” Once when … Continue reading

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Silence Has Implications

The editorial in the Alameda Sun (Council Needs a PIO, Aug. 18, 2011) supporting the recent appointment of a city public information officer (PIO) went one step too far.  It advocated for the city council to institute its own public … Continue reading

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Budget Power Pointing

Alameda’s fiscal quagmire has many people pointing fingers.  I say point up.  The money that will help solve long-term budget and pension problems is at the top of the pay scale. In Alameda, we’ve already eliminated jobs, combined departments, and … Continue reading

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Amend Disability Placard Law

Alameda is attempting to increase revenue and influence drivers’ parking behavior by changing its parking fines and fees.  State law allowing people with disability placards free parking for unlimited periods undermines that effort. To encourage use of the civic center … Continue reading

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Get More Involved with Alameda in 2011

Make your New Year’s resolution local. Some people can tell you intricate details about state and national politics.  Some stay abreast of international issues.  They dedicate hours to gathering information and forming opinions.  But ask them who is on their … Continue reading

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A Frank Assessment

The end of the year is a time of transition for the City of Alameda.  Frank Matarrese leaves the city council, and Rob Bonta steps in.  Mayor Beverly Johnson and Marie Gilmore swap seats.  It’s more than musical chairs, the … Continue reading

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Trader Woes Comes to Alameda Point

Many decisions are based on trade-offs, and choosing the path for developing Alameda Point is no different. The “Community Benefits” page in the city’s “Going Forward” workbook caught my attention.  It asks us whether we would be willing to build more … Continue reading

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