With 2016 rapidly coming to a close, the Alameda Sun looks back over the top news stories in Alameda this past year. This week will cover January through June and next week will feature news from July through December.

The Water Emergency Transportation Authority worked to have a new dock for harbor seals delivered to Alameda Point in April, ahead of the start of construction for the ferry maintenance terminal. The maintenance facility’s berthing dock would displace the seals’ previous resting spot.


The Alameda Renters’ Coalition (ARC) came into existence two years ago. Measure M1 was a result, not the reason, for the organization. We are heartened that more than 12,000 Alamedans voted to enact real, tough, rent control here. We will build on this base to do what we were founded to do: advocate to keep Alamedans in their homes.


There has been no end to accusations by the Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) concerning “off-Island investors,” also defined as nonresident investors, influencing the upcoming election with regards to measures L1 and M1. What is “off-Island”? 


Ordinance vs. Charter Amendment

With a pair of dueling measures on the Nov. 8 ballot, the city and the Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) are asking Alameda voters to either adopt an ordinance already on the books or amend the city’s charter. The city’s Measure L1 would affirm Ordinance 3148 that took effect on March 31. ARC’s Measure M1 would amend the City Charter to (in ARC’s words) “put in place stronger renter protections than provided by Ordinance 3148.” 


With the Nov. 8 election date approaching, more information is coming out about Alameda’s most talked about issue. The two rent ordinances that are up for vote at the election appear to have a lot more differences than similarities. 


The Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) began as and remains a local grassroots organization, despite false allegations to the contrary that often appear in local anti-renter letters to the editor and commentaries.

One recent commentary (“Let’s Not Repeat Failed Rental Policy,” Aug. 25), repeats two frequent but false claims about the ARC’s funding. Previous letter and op-ed authors have claimed — also falsely — that “outside agitators” somehow stirred up Alameda’s renters and turned us against local landlords. Neither set of allegations is correct.


An initiative backed by Alameda property owners that would offer an alternative rent ordinance option appears unlikely to make it on the November ballot.

The Alameda County Registrar of Voter’s office could not verify if the signatures attached to the initiative were valid during the random sample check process.

“It is a pretty complicated process,” said Alameda City Clerk Lara Weisiger. “The Registrar’s office has their own way for calculating whether the signatures are valid during a random sample.”


The Alameda Renter’s Coalition’s (ARC) initiative that calls for more renter’s rights protection against landlords was approved to be placed on the November ballot on July 6.

The Alameda Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment seeks to cap rent increases at 65 percent of the consumer price index, limit evictions and create an elected rent board. 


Charter amendment moves ahead

The Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) submitted its signatures for its rent adjustment ordinance the “Alameda Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment” to city officials on Tuesday, May 24.

The ARC says it has collected enough valid signatures to get the amendment on the November ballot. 


Councilman Tony Daysog was one of three signers of a petition for a ballot measure filed with the City Clerk on March 31 that would amend the city’s Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance.