As I penned this letter for publication, the City Council was set to vote at its Tuesday, June 6, meeting on a proposed two-year service agreement with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) to provide animal care services for the citizens of Alameda. The proposed Animal Services Agreement will increase funding from the City to FAAS to approximately $804,000, or 58 percent of FAAS’s annual operating budget.
A self-serving group of wealthy Alameda homeowners dominated the April 25 City Council meeting. They sought to exclude other Alamedans access to long-held public waterfront land on the shores of the Oakland Estuary.
A contentious 2016 election seasonn pitted Alameda landlords against tenants. A major premise in the heated contest concerned tenants’ rights surrounding evictions. Renters, business owners and homeowners teamed up to form Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC).
The group sought to write tenants’ rights into law as a City Charter amendment and put Measure M1 on the ballot. To give voters an alternative to ARC’s measure, the City put its “Rent Review, Rent Stabilization and Limitations on Evictions Ordinance — Ordinance 3148 for short — on the ballot as Measure L1.
The Alameda City Council voted to adopt a resolution and a recommendation that would revitalize the Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Fire Prevention Bureau at its April 18 meeting.
The resolution will add three new positions to the bureau. The recommendation will authorize the purchase of three new Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles and miscellaneous equipment such as office chairs, desks, computers, cell phones and more.
The city and AC Transit’s Inter-agency Liaison Committee will meet next week to discuss public-transportation-related developments. Among the items on the agenda are updates on bus lines 19, 31 and 96. Line 19 serves the Northern Waterfront, while lines 31 and 96 carry passengers from Alameda Point to the MacArthur and Fruitvale BART stations respectively.
The City Council passed a resolution seeking a Congressional investigation of President Donald Trump regarding possible Constitutional violations. The council unanimously passed the resolution that can potentially lead to the president’s impeachment if violations are found.
The council drafted the resolution at its March 7 City Council meeting. An investigation would look into the president’s business dealings, both foreign and domestic, and his possible ties to Russia.
The City Council is seeking residents interested in serving on the Recreation and Park Commission. To apply, obtain application forms from the City Clerk’s office, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 380, by phone at 747-4800, or on the City’s website at https://alamedaca.gov. Applications are due to the City Clerk’s office today, Thursday, Feb. 23. Call the City Clerk’s office at 747-4800 with any questions.