“The Alameda City Council and I are delighted to announce that we have unanimously selected Eric J. Levitt as our new City Manager, effective April 12,” stated Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. “With 18 years of city management experience, we are confident Levitt will be an effective leader to our very talented group of department heads and city staff.”
At its Tuesday, Sept. 4, meeting, the City Council is scheduled to consider acquiring properties from the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) using the power of eminent domain. The properties in question include 1.56 acres that made up part of the historic railroad right-of-way along today’s Tilden Way and 2.8 acres once part of the southern and western fringes of the Alameda Belt Line’s railroad yard in today’s Jean Sweeney Park.
Candidate disqualified for not having his checkbook
City Council candidate Amos White appeared at City Hall to file his final papers to run for City Council on deadline day, Wednesday, Aug. 15. He said that he arrived about 5:30 p.m., which gave him 30 minutes to complete the process. This meant filling out the necessary papers and making a payment.
The City Council will meet tomorrow at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. to review and vote on accepting its workplan and to assess the upcoming fiscal year’s budget report. The workplan outlines programs and projects that the City Council is considering in the next fiscal year, including Council referrals.
Business and community leaders gathered last Friday for lunch at the Rock Wall Wine Company at Alameda Point. They were meeting to hear Interim City Manager Liz Warmerdam deliver her State of the City address. At the same time students assembled along Central Avenue at Encinal High School and began marching to the winery. They were coming to deliver a message to those attending the State of the City address.
Alameda kicked off the second half of 2017 in typical fashion: with the longest parade in the nation. (The annual 4th of July Parade spans 3.3 miles.) This year, more than 170 entries and 2,500 participants marched across town whilemore than 60,000 spectator cheered them along the route. As always, the celebration included floats, marching bands, 150 equestrians (and one zebra), dance troops, bands and classic cars driving dignitaries.
Renters gather as fight for rent control continues
Alameda tenants and their allies gathered at City Hall last Saturday, Aug. 12, for a rally and press conference. The tenants are speaking out against a charter amendment petition currently circulating around the city.
The tenants wish to protect the just-cause-eviction protections that the City Council wrote into Ordinance 3140 in May.
City staff proposed several clarifying amendments of the Rent Review, Rent Stabilization and Limitations on Evictions Ordinance at an extended City Council meeting Friday, April 7. The proposed changes were not recommended to overhaul the ordinance, but to fix certain discrepancies.
Alamedans woke up on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to learn that Donald Trump had defeated Hillary Clinton; the Trumps, not the Clintons will be moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in January.
Locals also learned that they had a brand-new City Councilwoman and an equally fresh School Board Trustee. The Alameda Unified School District quickly tweeted its thanks on Wednesday to voters for passing a measure that extended the period that the district could depend on the current parcel tax.