Tag Archives: Alameda

No Rush to Judgments

The city clerk, in coordination with the city manager, routinely prepares the agenda for city council meetings.  There are times, however, when an individual councilmember would like to add an issue to the agenda.  When this occurs, the councilmember must … Continue reading

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State Commission Nixes Harbor Bay Hotel Plan

On February 16, 2017, the state’s Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) — tasked with overseeing San Francisco Bay waterfront development — denied Mina Patel a permit to build a 98-room hotel at 2530 Harbor Bay Parkway, about a half-mile south of … Continue reading

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Sparks Fly over Utility Ballot Measure

The “Utility Modernization Act” (Measure K1) up for a vote this November seeks approval of two unrelated utility issues in a single ballot measure, presenting voters with a dilemma if they favor one but not the other. As arguments emerge, … Continue reading

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Homelessness in Alameda

It’s good to see the city creating an action plan to find services and shelter for the homeless who have taken up residence in the soon-to-be-built Jean Sweeney Park. But let’s not forget about those living in the encampment at … Continue reading

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Hotel Reservations

Good project. Wrong place. A proposed 100-room hotel on the shoreline of Harbor Bay Business Park is facing mounting opposition. If a growing number of residents and organizations get their way, the project will not move forward.

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WABA DABA Doo

The businesses on the west end of the island will finally get the boost they’ve been waiting for, especially Webster Street.  Around 1,900 new homes are in various stages of planning and construction there.  800 new homes are slated for … Continue reading

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Feds Prevail on Right to Take McKay

McKay Avenue, the street leading to Crab Cove, used to house a roller coaster before it became a street. It is living up to its legacy. In recent years the battle over the street, and what will become of the … Continue reading

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Make-Believe Traffic Remedy

The chant coming from city hall is a familiar one: “What do we want? Another consultant! When do we want it? Now!” Hiring consultants can be helpful at times, but when an issue has been studied to death, it’s make-believe … Continue reading

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Council to pressure federal government on park expansion

It’s been a long time coming.  At its upcoming February 17 meeting, the new city council will consider adopting a resolution in support of using the surplus federal property by Crab Cove for park and open space purposes. The resolution … Continue reading

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Turning the Page with the Park District

“Tonight we turn the page,” said President Obama in his recent State of the Union Address. Our new city council has followed suit. On January 21, the city council, at the request of Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese, decided to set … Continue reading

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