The Alameda City Council adopted a resolution authorizing a new Sister City relationship at its June 20 meeting. Mayor Trish Spencer signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the formulation and implementation of the agreement between Yeongdong-gun, South Korea and the City of Alameda.
Yeongdong is located in a mountainous region of South Korea, has a population of more than 50,000, and is one of South Korea’s largest wine-producing regions. The Sister City relationship is an opportunity for economic, technological, and cultural exchange.
Members of the City Council and interested community members braved strong winds and torrential downpours to get a first-hand look at what the future holds for the city’s northern waterfront. The caravan-style tour wended its way to Alameda Marina, Encinal Terminal, Alameda Landing and North Housing at Estuary Park.
The demolition of 16 former Navy apartment buildings at Alameda Point has begun. On Jan. 5, the City Council awarded a $547,000 contract to Asbestos Management Group of Oakland. The buildings are on Orion Street, West Tower Avenue, Stardust Place and Pearl Harbor Road. Demolition began this week and is expected to be completed within 60 days. Alameda Point base reuse funds are paying for the demolition.
City Council is asking Alameda residents for their input on a concept to make Central Avenue, between Main Street/Pacific Avenue and Sherman Street/Encinal Avenue, safer at the Feb. 24 City Council meeting. City staff’s goal is to make Central Avenue safer for Alamedans traveling by car, bicycle or on foot.
City staff has already created a design proposal and is requesting the Council’s approval at the Feb. 24 meeting. However, the council wants input from the community before they approve the plan.
Wharves, shoreline to be made available to Alameda
The City Council is set to approve a resolution that would allow the city to accept phase two of the conveyance agreement that the city negotiated with the United States Navy. Phase two comprises 183.44 acres of land at Alameda Point: nine parcels with 29.83 acres of uplands and two parcels with 153.61 acres of submerged land.
Last December, City Council directed city staff to draft an ordinance that would require tobacco retailers to obtain a city tobacco retailer license and prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products inside city limits. Staff conducted two stakeholder meetings with those retailers to discuss this ordinance and hear their concerns. A total of 31 stakeholders attended those meetings. City staff also conducted an informal survey of the community.
At last Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council introduced an ordinance that would increase Alameda’s minimum wage at a faster pace than the state of California is increasing its minimum. If it takes effect as introduced, the ordinance would require Alameda employers to raise the minimum wage they pay employees from the current $11 an hour to $13.50 by July 1, 2019, and then to $15 by July 1, 2020. In contrast, California’s minimum wage would not rise to $15 an hour until 2023