Last evening a contentious Planning Board meeting at City Hall featured a discussion of the 1973 Measure A. In its Jan. 23 edition, the Alameda Sun will cover that meeting in detail and offer another installment of this series about the measure.
On Jan. 9, approximately 60 Alamedans gathered downtown to express opposition to any U.S. escalation of hostilities toward Iran after missile strikes transpired on each side. The anti-war vigil was one of more than 350 held nationwide, including larger events in Oakland and San Francisco.
Alameda firefighters attacked a fire burning at a home on the 1600 block of San Antonio Avenue on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 5. When they arrived, crewmembers found significant fire on the second floor and exterior of the house. They limited the damage to a bedroom and patio. No one was injured, and the cause remains under investigation. While providing mutual aid with an engine and a ladder truck during the fire, Oakland Fire Department responded to four calls in Alameda.
Measure A is an exclusionary zoning charter amendment adopted by the Alameda electorate in 1973 designed to prohibit construction of multifamily housing. Proponents emerged in opposition to the proposed development of Harbor Bay Isle by Utah Construction and Doric Development and the pro-growth City Council incumbents. Although purported to “protect the environment,” an examination of the stated positions of the original “framers” and opponents, and the multiple legal challenges can help Alamedans understand how Measure A prolonged racial and economic inequalities.