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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. 


On June 26, “Alamedans in Charge for a Fair and Affordable City,” (AIC) a group representing some landlords in the city, turned in a petition to City Clerk Lara Weisiger’s office. The petition aims to restore the no-cause provision that the City Council deleted from rent Ordinance 3148 on June 6. The landlord group filed the petition with 7,491 signatures. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters (ROV) has 60 days from the date of filing — Thursday, Aug. 25 — to verify that 4,808 — a number equaling 10 percent of the city’s registered voters — of those signatures are valid.


The City Council will review additional information on the proposed Cross Alameda Trail gap on Atlantic Avenue at its Tuesday, July 18, meeting.

The project is called the Cross Alameda Trail (CAT) Atlantic Gap. Currently there are two segments of CAT approved. The Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway (RAMP) segment from Main to Webster streets and the Jean Sweeney Park segment from Constitution Way to Sherman Street. However, these two trails are separated by a one-block gap on Atlantic Avenue between Webster Street and Constitution Way. 


On Wednesday, July 5, Alameda City Council considered an amendment to the Alameda Point Site A Plan, for the portion of Alameda Point currently under development. Alameda Point Partners and the City have created a solution that would maintain the integrity of the original development while delivering the need for housing. 


After debate and discussion that stretches back to at least 2012, the city is studying the Universal Design Ordinance’s final draft. The city already has some universal design requirements in place and is now set to shape these requirements into an ordinance. The ordinance aims to ensure equal access to housing for people born with mobility issues and people who develop these issues without significantly impacting housing costs and affordability.


“Alamedans in Charge — A Coalition of Rental Property Owners, Businesses, and Tenants for Fair and Affordable Housing appeared at City Hall on Monday to turn in the signatures necessary to put its referendum on the November 2018 ballot.  The organization will soon turn its attention to putting a second item, an initiative on that ballot as well.  


Mayor Trish Spencer and the members of the City Council  invite the community to join them on the steps of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.  at 7 p.m., next Tuesday, June 6. 

“We will gather just before the City Council meeting to celebrate Pride Month here in Alameda,” Spencer said. “We want to create awareness about the importance of diversity in our community.” 

Tucker’s will have “Love Our Pride,” ice cream availbable at the gathering for all to enjoy. 

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.