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.
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.
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.
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.