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.
The City Council has planned a closed session meeting for next Monday, April 16, at 5 p.m. According to the agenda that the city released on Monday, April 9, the meeting will feature a conference with legal counsel because in the City Council’s opinion, a decision has been reached, based on existing facts and circumstances, where there is a significant exposure to three cases of litigation against the city.
Mayor Trish Spencer announced the City Council voted unanimously to place City Manager Jill Keimach on paid administrative leave at the conclusion of a lengthy Council closed session meeting Friday, March 9.
The decision came after Spencer said the Council reviewed the final investigative report involving the hiring process of current of the new Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Fire Chief Edmond Rodriguez last October.
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.