City Council adopts Vision-Zero policy at Nov. 5 meeting
Up to 100 people took part in an “Alameda School Zone Safety Rally” at City Hall Nov. 5. Love Elementary School’s PTA joined with other schools, PTAs and student advocates from across the Island for the rally just before the City Council meeting. The group spoke to the Council and city staff, “so that these safety issues are addressed immediately to make our streets safe for students and to prevent further accidents.”
The City Council will vote on three options for the proposed Alameda Carnegie Library and Foster House restoration projects at its Tuesday, Oct. 15, meeting. The Council will vote whether to accept the lease terms and authorize a 33-year lease to the Carnegie Innovation Hall with a 33-year option to renew; direct staff to renegotiate terms of the tentative lease agreement; or direct staff to seek other prospective tenants.
The Alameda City Council met last Monday to tour the Enterprise District at Alameda Point. After a brief meeting at the Ron Cowan Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility, Councilmembers toured the district with two stops: Building 530 at 120 Oriskany Ave. and Building 360 on an 18-acre site at West Pacific Avenue and Skyhawk Street.
“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.