Alameda breaks ground on $1 billion development at the Point

The initial phase of the project, developed by Alameda Point Partners, adds 673 new housing units, including 130 units of affordable housing for low-income residents; 8 acres of open space, and nearly 100,000 square feet of retail. PHOTO/Maurine Ramirez, courtesy City of Alameda.

Spouse of Alameda’s elected city auditor says housing at Alameda Point will bring low-income cars

A rendering for a portion of Phase 1 of theSite A plan at Alameda Point.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILWhen the Alameda City Council revisits an 800-unit housing and commercial development at Alameda Point tonight, known as "Site A," the spouse of the city's elected city auditor says she will be strongly against the plan, saying it will … Continue reading Spouse of Alameda’s elected city auditor says housing at Alameda Point will bring low-income cars

At 11 p.m. sharp, Alameda council meeting abruptly adjourns with no decision on ballot measure

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAs the clock inched toward 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Alameda councilmembers not only were concentrating on a decision whether to place a $95 million bond measure on the June ballot, they were also racing against time.The city's sunshine ordinance requires the council to vote on whether to extend regular meetings past 10:30 p.m. … Continue reading At 11 p.m. sharp, Alameda council meeting abruptly adjourns with no decision on ballot measure

EBC AGENDA | JAN 12-16 | HAYWARD airport zoning height changes; ALAMEDA’s crumbling piers; SAN LEANDRO look to honor former councilwoman

THE WEEK OF JANUARY 12-16.--SAN LEANDRO-- Regular council meeting, (Note date due to MLK holiday) Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--SURLENE GRANT NAMING-- In 1998, Surlene Grant became first African American member of the San Leandro City Council, in addition, to being its first non-European representative. Although Grant was appointed to the seat, … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | JAN 12-16 | HAYWARD airport zoning height changes; ALAMEDA’s crumbling piers; SAN LEANDRO look to honor former councilwoman

Alameda city manager’s choice of a new fire chief could put her in the hot seat

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda's city manager is in a tough bind. With the retirement of Alameda Fire Chief Doug Long last week, City Manager Jill Keimach is likely to tab an outsider to lead the fire department, according to sources, possibly this week.But Keimach, who was only hired in March 2016, is facing enormous pressure to … Continue reading Alameda city manager’s choice of a new fire chief could put her in the hot seat

Amid grumblings, Alameda will evaluate city manager’s performance in closed session

Alameda City ManagerJill KeimachALAMEDA CITY COUNCILThere's a curious closed session item Tuesday night on the Alameda City Council's agenda, an evaluation of City Manager Jill Keimach. Curious because her annual performance review isn't until next March.Sources at City Hall, including council members, won't say why they are chatting about Keimach in closed session Tuesday evening, … Continue reading Amid grumblings, Alameda will evaluate city manager’s performance in closed session

EBC AGENDA | JUNE 30-JULY 6 | Tenant relocation payments return to SAN LEANDRO; ALAMEDA Point Site A; Sheriff AHERN in HAYWARD; ‘MERICA!

THE WEEK OF JUNE 30-JULY 6Every week the EBC AGENDA describes a "very busy week in East Bay government." Unless White House press secretary Sean Spicer is offering the agenda this week, using this phrase would be a total lie! City Councils in San Leandro and Alameda bookend the Fourth of July holiday. Important issues, … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | JUNE 30-JULY 6 | Tenant relocation payments return to SAN LEANDRO; ALAMEDA Point Site A; Sheriff AHERN in HAYWARD; ‘MERICA!

Alameda Point’s 800-unit residential, mixed-use project faces financial setback

A 2015 rendering of Alameda Point's "Site A"featuring Seaplane Lagoon.ALAMEDAThe develpers of the Alameda Point parcel known as “Site A” failed to complete a financing plan for the project before a deadline last week, due to growing construction costs.Alameda officials and the project’s developer, Alameda Point Partners, downplayed the setback, which also precluded the property … Continue reading Alameda Point’s 800-unit residential, mixed-use project faces financial setback

Did Alameda’s landmark Measure A create the housing crisis of today?

Tenants at risk for mass evictions at 470 Centralin Alameda. PHOTOS/Steven TavaresALAMEDA | MEASURE A | Kofman Auditorium was a historically intriguing site for the city of Alameda to direct a crowd expected to be large and potentially unruly for a highly anticipated January council meeting on a possible rent ordinance. Officials said they moved … Continue reading Did Alameda’s landmark Measure A create the housing crisis of today?

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Oct. 19-20

OAKLAND/Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.Coal update; Schaaf's State of the City Oct. 28COAL’S SLOW BURN The promised Oct. 20 update on the lengthy list of questions and comments posed by residents will likely include something to effect of “We’re working on it.” Recall, nearly 700 speaker cards were turned in for the Sept. 21 special Oakland … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Oct. 19-20

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, July 6-7

SAN LEANDRO/July 6, 7p.m.Will San Leandro pay to subsidize hospital this year?HOSPITAL SUBSIDY Two years ago, the San Leandro City Council allocated $3 million over the next 3 years for continued operations of San Leandro Hospital . The third $1 million installment is due this month and the city has shown recently it is a … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, July 6-7

City Hall Insider: Agenda notes from around the East Bay, June 15-17

OAKLAND/June 17, 5:30 p.m.Lake Merritt land deal returns to councilE. 12TH ST, PART III It’s the Oakland public land deal that forced a shutdown of the City Council in May by protesters and nearly went down in flames two weeks ago before Councilmember Desley performed a parliamentary save to keep the proposal from defeat. The … Continue reading City Hall Insider: Agenda notes from around the East Bay, June 15-17

John Russo, Alameda’s big fish, moves to a bigger pond

Alameda City Manager John Russo accepteda new job in Riverside last February.ALAMEDA | Outgoing Alameda City Manager John Russo likes to use sports metaphors. So, when news broke in February that Russo, along with his oversize personality, was leaving the Island for a new opportunity and greater compensation in Riverside, the response from city officials … Continue reading John Russo, Alameda’s big fish, moves to a bigger pond

Alameda welcomes a new mayor while the previous one skips the swearing-in

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer takes the oathof office Tuesday night. PHOTO/Steven TavaresALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Alameda’s new Mayor Trish Spencer still can’t believe her good fortune and the outgoing mayor skipped out of the council chambers before the new mayor was sworn-in to replace her. The Alameda City Council also added two new members, Frank … Continue reading Alameda welcomes a new mayor while the previous one skips the swearing-in

Alamedans showed election indeed have consequences

Mayor Marie Gilmore: one and done.ALAMEDA | MAYOR | Alameda Mayor-elect Trish Spencer was discussing her victory. “Do you really know why I ran?” she asked. “Because nobody else did.”And so, with the simplest of intentions, began one of the biggest electoral upsets in the entire East Bay. Spencer, a long-time school board member, filed … Continue reading Alamedans showed election indeed have consequences