city of Alameda

The “land-swap” package deal came before the Alameda City Council on Tuesday after the Alameda Sun went to press. The Sun offers this synopsis of the package that, as of this writing, pundits were predicting that the council would have already passed.


The City of Alameda is redesigning its website,, to better serve the public. The city is soliciting input with a brief survey to let them know how residents use the website, what they like and don’t like and what they want to see in a new site. To start the survey, visit


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at the Consolidated Municipal Election to be held in the City of Alameda on Tuesday, the 6th day of November, 2018, the following Measure is to be voted on:

Property owners of rental units in the City of Alameda are now required to pay a Rent Program Fee. On June 6 the City Council adopted a resolution that sets the fee at $120 for each rental unit that was rented or available to rent as of July 1, 2017. 

Landlords will begin receiving a registration form and invoice from the city this week. The fee will cover the period from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. Registration forms and payments must be returned no later than Jan. 1, 2018.


In September, the City of Alameda will be releasing two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for new public art in Alameda: one for physical art totaling $262,500, and one for cultural arts and arts programming totaling $87,500. 

Although all artwork must be publicly accessible, locations for the artwork are not pre-assigned. Rather, artists can propose on any private or public property in the city, with support from the property owner. 


The City of Alameda announced the launch of the Alameda Budget Challenge this week. The interactive online tool allows Alamedans an opportunity to designate how their priorities should be reflected in a hypothetical budget. As in past years, this year’s Budget Challenge will allow users to experience firsthand the difficult choices in developing a responsible balanced budget with a variety of service priorities in mind.      


The City of Alameda asks that local residents and business owners take an online survey about the future of economic development in the city. The survey is an essential step in the process of developing an Economic Development Strategic Plan (EDSP). 

The EDSP will serve as a long-term roadmap to business attraction, retention and workforce development activities, while also improving the quality of life for Alameda residents and the people who work here.


For the third year running, the City of Alameda and the Alameda Unified School District will host the Youth Career Pathways Fair at the Encinal High School gym. The fair is set for Thursday, March 23, and organizers are currently seeking employers offering summer internship opportunities or entry-level positions for Alameda high school students to participate. 

For more information, contact Eric Fonstein, Development Manager, at 747-6895 or email


To mark Black History Month, the City of Alameda plans to place banners at City Hall, on Central Avenue and on Webster Street during the last two weeks of February. The banners illustrate the influential faces of John Lewis, Maya Angelou, Ruby Bridges, Barack Obama, Barbara Lee, James Baldwin and Elector Littlejohn.

At the Tuesday, Feb. 21, City Council meeting, Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer will issue a proclamation, encouraging Alamedans to observe and celebrate Black History Month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.

The city’s Community Development and Public Works departments will join East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to host a meeting to discuss potential changes to the city’s private sewer lateral ordinance.

This ordinance identifies a property owner’s responsibilities for sewer lateral testing, repair, and replacement, especially at the point of a sale or transfer.