City Hosts Council ‘Hail and Farewell’ Meeting

Outgoing Council wraps up business as new Council waits in the wings

At its final meeting next Tuesday, Dec. 18, the outgoing City Council with Mayor Trish Spencer at the helm, is scheduled to vote on the final passage of three ordinances. This meeting is scheduled to begin with a consideration of two financial reports at special meeting of the City Council and the successor agency to the Community Improvement Commission at 5 p.m. 

The Council will then hold its regular meeting to decide, among other items:

  • Whether to include an ordinance in the municipal code that adopts new bird-safe building standards and updates outdoor lighting regulations consistent with dark-skies standards.
  • Whether to amend the cannabis ordinance already on the book. The new ordinance would tighten the definition of youth centers and redefine “cannabis business owners.”
  • Whether to approve of the ordinance that removes the “government” designation on the northwest side of McKay Avenue. 

The first decision should reduce aviary collisions with man-made structures and allow for more efficient night-time lighting. The second will narrow the definition of youth centers and allow cannabis-related businesses to open using the new definition. It will also bring the current ordinance’s definition of a cannabis businesses in step with state law.  Approval of the third ordinance on the agenda would give the green light to the wellness center at McKay and Central avenues to proceed. 

The final meeting of the outgoing City Council is scheduled to adjourn shortly before 7 p.m.  The meeting will then reconvene to host a “hail and farewell,” first thanking Mayor Trish Spencer and Councilmember Frank Matarrese for their service. The community will then welcome Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, and new Councilmembers John Knox White, Tony Daysog and Jim Oddie.  

The inauguration of the new City Council took place after the Alameda Sun went to press. The Sun will cover the event in its next issue.