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The City Council sat in closed session for some five hours on Tuesday, Jan. 30. As with all closed meetings the subject matter remains sealed. A call to City Clerk Lara Weisiger’s office revealed that the City Council was scheduled to approve the minutes of that meeting in closed session before its regularly scheduled meeting last Tuesday after the Alameda Sun went to press. 

The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the Public Art Commission for a partial term expiring June 30, 2019. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 380, by calling 747-4800, or on the city’s website. Interested persons are encouraged submit applications to the City Clerk by Thursday, Feb. 1. 

 

City Council will vote whether to adopt the draft Transportation Choices Plan at its next council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The Transportation Choices Plan provides an outline for how the city will improve transportation infrastructure and services in Alameda over the next 15 years to achieve two main goals. 

 

Alameda City Council decided not to approve the proposed 589-unit Encinal Terminal project at the City Council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 19. The project, which includes a land swap agreement between the city and the developers, is now put on hold until further notice.

Mayor Trish Spencer said she did not support the project over her concerns about the site’s location. Researchers have said the site may be subject to liquefaction and a rise in sea-level could also pose a threat to the housing units.

The City Council laid out the final guidelines for cannabis use and cannabis-owned businesses in Alameda at itsNov. 22 meeting. The guidelines are displayed in a new ordinance that amended the Alameda Municipal Code to include Article XVI (Cannabis Businesses) to Chapter VI (Businesses, Occupations and Industries).  

A recent informal poll at High Street and Santa Clara Avenue revealed something that the city hopes to change by 2023. Of 10 vehicles that drove by the intersection at 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, seven of them — 70 percent — had only the drivers aboard. 

 

Good evening Mayor, Vice Mayor, members of the City Council. I’m Paul Rolleri, Police Chief, and I am joined by all of the City Department Heads here before you.

 

SoCal lawyers hired to investigate city manager’s recent accusations

Alameda city officials have hired a Southern California law firm to conduct an investigation to determine whether members of the City Council wrongly interfered with the Alameda fire chief hiring process.

City Attorney Janet Kern confirmed the hiring of Jenkins & Hogin, LLP to conduct the investigation. The investigation is underway and the firm has no deadline. Once the investigation is finished a report will be presented to the Council.

 

Rent measure vote set for Nov. 6, 2018

Alameda voters will decide whether to include Ordinance 3148 into the City Charter next November after City Council voted to place the measure in the General Election at the Oct. 17 council meeting. 

Council considers coming of cannabis

It was standing room only Sept. 5 as the City Council held a “workshop” on the prospect of the cannabis industry coming to Alameda. The Council intends to come up with an ordinance regulating commercial production and distribution before Jan. 1, 2018, when California’s “legalization” laws kick in.

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