Monthly Archives: June 2013

The one per cent solution

“This leakage of sales tax from Alameda residents to surrounding communities is a major cause of the City’s financial crisis.” So saith City Manager John Russo in a “letter to the editor” distributed to the local papers and blogs (alas, … Continue reading

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Press releases from City Hall

During her search of City Hall for “one-time funds” needed to “balance” the City budget, Assistant City Manager Liz Warmerdam happened upon a bunch of staff-written press releases that failed to get posted on the City’s new Website.  The Merry-Go-Round … Continue reading

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A “Plan” for Alameda Point

Want to know how many housing units should be planned for Alameda Point? You can ask City staff and you’ll get one answer:  the 1,425 units contemplated by the Community Reuse Plan (at least for now). You can ask housing … Continue reading

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A layperson’s guide to budgetspeak

For anyone planning to attend Tuesday’s Council meeting at which City Manager John Russo will accept congratulations on the FY 2013-14 and FY 2014-15 budget, here’s a short lexicon that might prevent confusion:

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Whatever happened to fire station no. 3?

You recall, don’t you, how, by approving Measure C, Alameda voters endorsed spending $4.5 million to build a new emergency operations center and a new state-of-the-art fire station no. 3? Oh, that’s right.  Measure C failed. Then you must recall … Continue reading

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Beware the plume

The Planning Board was treated last week to a presentation by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (“SOM”), the internationally known architectural firm hired to prepare a “specific plan” for the “Town Center” proposed for Alameda Point.  Describing the 125-acre Town … Continue reading

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