The top 14 list

The Climate Action and Resiliency Plan adopted by Council on September 3 comes with a bonus:  It includes a map (with accompanying table) that purports to identify the 14 most “socially vulnerable” neighborhoods in the city.

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CARPe diem

Show of hands, please:  How many of you actually have read all 173 pages of the “Climate Action and Resiliency Plan” that Council approved last Tuesday?

All right, Vice Mayor John Knox White, you can put your hand down.

Anyone else?  (Sorry, members of the “Task Force” acknowledged at the front of the document don’t count.)

We didn’t think so.

All kidding aside, we wouldn’t anticipate that the average citizen would slog through the entire document.  But, as our readers’ humble servant, the Merry-Go-Round has made the effort.

Admittedly, we were inclined to give up when we read the beginning of a sentence on the very first page:  “The end result will be a resilient, sustainable, and vibrant city. . . .”  But a quick word search showed that there would be only six more “vibrants” (and only one “robust”) the rest of the way, so we persisted.  And right away we came upon a declaration that caught our attention: “Unprecedented levels of behavior change will be needed from Alamedans to reach the deep emissions cuts called for in this plan.”

As we continued reading through the CARP, we concluded that the quoted sentence is more than just a bit of an understatement.

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Our next new fire station

Here we go again.

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Mailing it in

If you’re an Alameda property owner, you got in the mail a day or so ago a four-page document from the City of Alameda entitled, “Notice of Public Hearing/2019 Water Quality and Flood Protection Fee.”

And you may well have asked, what the hell is this?

Well, the Merry-Go-Round is about to tell you.

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Preventing homelessness in Alameda

When the initial report of the “point-in-time” count of the homeless population in Alameda County was released last May, one fact garnered all the headlines: County-wide, the number of homeless persons had risen from 5,629 in 2017 to 8,022 in 2019, an increase of 43 per cent.

Predictably, this fact produced much gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands.  We even recall public speakers at Council meetings citing it as evidence for prohibiting no-cause evictions and capping annual rent increases in the City of Alameda.

At the Merry-Go-Round, we wanted to withhold comment until the final report, which would break down the County-wide numbers by city and present the results of a survey, conducted at the same time as the point-in-time count, that inquired, among other things, about the causes of homelessness.  (Incidentally, “point-in-time” means that the count occurred during specific hours on a specific day: in this case, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on January 30, 2019).

The final report now has been made public by EveryOne Home, the organization that oversaw the count and survey.  And it makes for interesting reading.

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City already paid $40,000+ in legal fees for Charter violators

For those of our readers who are distressed by the prospect that Council will accede to the demand by the two Council members found to have violated the City Charter, Jim Oddie and Malia Vella, that the City pay the attorneys’ fees for their unsuccessful defense, the Merry-Go-Round has got news for you:

Without any discussion at a public meeting or any vote in open session, the City, with Council’s approval, already has paid a goodly chunk of those fees!

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Playing the Trump card

A heads up to the Alameda voters who made Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft mayor and put John Knox White and Tony Daysog on Council:  Watch carefully how the politicians you voted for handle the fallout from the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury report finding that Council members Jim Oddie and Malia Vella violated the City Charter.

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