At its July 28 meeting, the City Council reviewed a report on the city’s Economic Development Strategic Plan, which remains a work in progress. According to the report, the city’s plan focuses on actions targeting industries that will drive the city’s growth over the next five to 10 years. Once implemented, the plan would allow the city to concentrate on ways to strengthen its many retail districts and attract new businesses and visitors to the Island City.
Former Alameda Council-member and candidate for the City Council in November, Tony Daysog, and several Alameda officials will meet with a judge on Aug. 2 to settle the wording of the ballot question concerning the Rent Stabilization charter amendment on the November ballot.
The Alameda City Council has selected David Rudat as the finalist for the role of Interim City Manager. The Council will formally consider hiring Rudat at its Tuesday, July 24, meeting. Rudat will oversee the city’s operations while the Council searches for a new permanent City Manager.
The City Council capped off a marathon meeting that lasted until past 2:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 11, with unanimous approval of the Alameda Marina Master Plan. Marina owner Pacific Shops, Inc.’s proposal to develop Alameda Marina must reconnoiter several more twists and turns before it can put shovel to dirt, however. First, the City Council must approve the master plan at its second reading on Tuesday, July 24.
A special Public Art Commission meeting has been set for Monday, June 18, at 6 p.m. The meeting will discuss physical public art proposals for new art in the city. The commission will hold a public hearing to review, evaluate and recommend awardees to City Council.
The commission will also consider survey results and staff recommendations related to the release of a request for proposals for cultural arts and arts programming in the city.
Alameda City Council recently directed staff to draft a minimum-wage ordinance that increases wages above what state law requires. The Council cited concerns over the high cost of living in the Bay Area and growing income inequality.
At its Tuesday, May 1, meeting, the City Council will consider a memorandum of understanding with Carmel Partners. The memorandum covers the renovation and reuse of 146 existing housing units on a property known as Admirals Cove. The site — bounded on the north and south by Singleton and Mosely avenues, respectively — adjoins a 12.3-acre Housing Authority parcel and a two-acre parcel designated for development by Habitat for Humanity.
At a closed-door meeting on Monday, the City Council unanimously voted to instruct City Attorney Janet Kern to “refer the audio recordings to the Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.” Jill Keimach made the recordings of two City Councilmembers when she was serving as City Manager. Some hope that O’Malley will turn the tapes over to a civil grand jury.