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Eleven state propositions crowd California’s 2018 ballot. There should have been 12, but on July 18, the California Supreme Court blocked Proposition 9, the vote to split California in three.  

Prop. 1: Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond


A few years ago, the Army Corps of Engineers transferred submerged land under the Oakland Estuary to the City of Alameda at no cost, and the city sold that land to adjacent property owners at market value. This allowed property owners to get necessary permits to improve their docks, many of which had been falling apart for decades, and generated $1 million in revenues that will be invested in our community to improve public access to the water at six nearby public pathways along Fernside Boulevard and Eastshore Drive.


Of the 28 Alameda County measures on the Nov. 6 ballot, only five pertain to the City of Alameda. Measure F and Measure K pertain narrowly to the city. They deal with raising the sales tax and with inscribing the city’s rent ordinance into the City Charter, respectively. 

Measure F: Alameda Sales Tax 
A “yes” vote favors authorizing the city to enact a 0.5 percent general sales tax with no expiration date. This would raise raising the total sales tax from 9.25 percent to 9.75 percent.

The City Clerk’s office recently released the financial campaign statements from Board of Education candidates and Measure K advocates and opponents filed last month.

For the background behind the six public waterfront access parks, see Part One in last week’s edition.

Part Two 
In recent weeks the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) convened an official walking tour of the six parklets, and the Alamedans who came out were shown all the encroached upon public waterfront land along Fernside Boulevard and Eastshore Drive. In addition on Oct. 6 and 11, ARPD held two public meetings at City Hall for Alameda residents.