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Outgoing Council wraps up business as new Council waits in the wings

At its final meeting next Tuesday, Dec. 18, the outgoing City Council with Mayor Trish Spencer at the helm, is scheduled to vote on the final passage of three ordinances. This meeting is scheduled to begin with a consideration of two financial reports at special meeting of the City Council and the successor agency to the Community Improvement Commission at 5 p.m. 

The Council will then hold its regular meeting to decide, among other items:

Outgoing Council wraps up business as new Council waits in the wings

At its final meeting next Tuesday, Dec. 18, the outgoing City Council with Mayor Trish Spencer at the helm, is scheduled to vote on the final passage of three ordinances. This meeting is scheduled to begin with a consideration of two financial reports at special meeting of the City Council and the successor agency to the Community Improvement Commission at 5 p.m. 

The Council will then hold its regular meeting to decide, among other items:

Some claim this skirts the law to facilitate the cannabis industry

At its Tuesday, Nov. 27, meeting the City Council was scheduled to introduce an ordinance that would modify the definition of a youth center. If approved by the Council, this would exclude facilities that offer martial arts and combat sports, cultural education and physical-fitness activities. In the first instance, the staff report states that a member of the public has questioned whether a martial arts studio would fall under the definition of a youth center. 

 

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters released its 10th election update at 9:15 p.m. Nov. 17. 
The registrar’s office appears to be counting about 1,000 ballots per day. New information has tended to widen the gap in most races as it has been released.

In the race for Alameda Mayor, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft has a lead of 1,329 votes over next closest contender Mayor Trish Spencer. Ashcraft has 41.97 percent of the vote and Spencer, 37.45 percent. There were also 181 write-ins.

 

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.

2018 campaign spending analyzed

The City of Alameda City Clerk’s Office has released last month’s campaign statements from political figures seeking office in the city. 

 

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 

 

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. 

Among the features of the report:

 

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.

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