NEWS IN BRIEF

Article 26 Goes to Voters 
Since 1973, Article 26 in the City Charter (formerly known as Measure A) has prohibited building multi-family housing in Alameda. The City Council voted July 7 to put a repeal of Article 26 on the ballot this November for voters to decide. Without repeal, the city will be unable to meet state housing law requirements to allow for multifamily housing for families of all income levels, the city stated in a press release. 

No AMP fee increase
Alameda’s Public Utilities Board approved Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) budget with no rate increases for customers, as many are experiencing economic hardships from COVID-19. As a community-owned and locally operated electric system, AMP does not make a profit on rates, which average 20 percent less than neighboring communities.