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.
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.
The city is offering the public a chance to comment on the recently released citywide plan to provide more transportation options for Alamedans at upcoming public hearings in the council chambers.
Residents will have the opportunity to give city officials feedback on the initial draft of the city’s Transportation Choices Plan at the Planning Board Meeting on Sept. 25, at the transportation commission meeting on Sept. 27 and the City Council meeting on Oct. 17.
The city has enacted a ban on Harbor Bay ferry riders parking their cars on residential streets near the terminal on Harbor Bay Parkway. The ban went into effect Tuesday.
City Council and homeowner associations near the ferry terminal — Headlands, Columbia and Harbor Bay Isle — approved a residential permit parking program for the Headlands and Columbia areas on Feb 21.
The City Council voted to uphold a Planning Board decision to terminate a conditional use permit prohibiting any future automotive repair and tire sales business to operate at 1200 Park St. during its July 18 meeting.
The Council voted to revoke Conditional Use Permit 88-36 4-1 with Councilmember Jim Oddie casting the sole opposing vote.