Around 1 a.m. at the Feb. 16 City Council meeting, Mayor Trish Spencer revealed that fixed-term leases can be used by landlords to avoid paying relocation costs.
Once word spreads about this loophole, fixed-term leases will proliferate, and stable, community-minded tenants will be replaced by transient, nomadic individuals with little or no interest in building a community.
A signature legislation stands before us, one that will affect all Alamedans — renters and homeowners, young and old, newcomers and long-timers.
As we deliberate, all of us on the Council dais will have asked any number of questions, including: if this passes, will this stop the problem that brought us here in the first place, namely stopping excessive rent increases?
We have been landlords in Alameda since 2003 when my husband and I bought a multi-unit Victorian. He was in the construction business, and I was just starting a new career after being travel agent for 30 years.
Residents, businesses, city staff and bicyclists will have their last say with the City Council on Feb. 24 for the future of Central Avenue’s design. Proponents claim it will make the street safer for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists. They fail to mention that the Central Avenue project favors bicyclists’ needs over the existing business needs. It takes away parking spaces near some businesses. It removes an existing truck loading zone area for businesses on the north side of Central Avenue between Webster and Sixth streets.
To: Mayor Trish Spencer, Vice-Mayor Frank Matarrese, Council Members Tony Daysog, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Jim Oddie.
Cc: Interim City Manager Liz Warmerdam, City Attorney Janet Kern, City Clerk Lara Weisiger. Community Development Director Debbie Potter and members of the Alameda Renters Coalition Steering Committee.
Subject: Item 6-G on the Feb. 16 City Council agenda: Provide Direction to Staff Regarding Certain Elements of a Proposed Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance.