The Alameda Health Care District Board welcomed a new member and a new Alameda Hospital administrator on Monday, before launching into a spirited discussion about its future in the wake of an affiliation deal that handed day to day management of the hospital to Alameda County’s public health system.
Town Center moves forward; BEQ development on hold
The City Council voted last week to approve an exclusive agreement with Alameda Point Partners to negotiate a deal to develop a 68-acre waterfront town center at the former Naval Air Station, despite opposition from residents who think the lame duck council should wait and let the new council decide.
Last July, the City Council heeded the will of the voters and zoned federal surplus property on McKay Avenue as open space. As a result, Tim Lewis Communities (TLC) — the company developing the Del Monte warehouse property — defaulted on its contract to purchase the MacKay Avenue property from the General Services Administration (GSA). TLC walked away from its plan to build 48 houses there.
A group of commercial property owners filed the lawsuit Borikas et al. v. Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) in 2008. The plaintiffs told the court that because Measure H levied different charges on residential and commercial property owners, it was illegal under state law. The trial court sided with AUSD, but the California Court of Appeal declared a portion of the tax rate that applied to commercial properties partly invalid.
AUSD has created a process for commercial property owners to apply for Measure H refunds.