Category Archives: Development

The truth about Trish (2020 ed.)

To her detractors, former Mayor Trish Spencer, who is running to return to Council this November, is the Candidate of No.  She is, they say (or, rather, post or tweet), against everything a Right-Thinking person is for: She’s anti-renter. Anti-homeless. … Continue reading

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Decisions for the next Council

Unlike the presidential election, the race for Alameda City Council has yet to be described as “existential.” Nevertheless, the Council elected this November will be called upon to make decisions in a number of areas that will affect the well-being … Continue reading

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The candidates and Measure Z

Suppose you’re one of those “single-issue” voters who will cast her ballot for only those candidates who take the “right” side on a specific issue.  This being Alameda, suppose that issue is Measure Z, the ballot measure to repeal Article … Continue reading

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The Measure Z showdown

Those who watched the recent debate between Vice Mayor John Knox White and Alameda Citizens Task Force steering committee member Paul Foreman on Measure Z, the ballot measure to repeal Article XXVI of the City Charter, were treated to a … Continue reading

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Vision gone viral

For years, the Right Thinkers in town have been working hard to reshape Alameda by encouraging the development of high-end apartment and condominium complexes and townhomes at Alameda Point and along the northern waterfront, and by taking actions designed to … Continue reading

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Midway crisis

Three years after Council proudly adopted a plan to replace 200 dilapidated units of housing for the homeless at Alameda Point with a complex containing 267 new housing units and a community center, the fate of the endeavor remains very … Continue reading

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Bashing Measure A

In anticipation of the “public forum” on Measure A at the January 13 Planning Board meeting, the City has posted on its website a paper written by Planning, Building and Transportation Director Andrew Thomas that he describes as an “evaluation” … Continue reading

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The end of Measure A?

Ever since July 2012, when Council adopted what it called the “multi-family overlay” and slapped it on 12 separate parcels designated for residential development around town, the Merry-Go-Round has been sounding the death knell for Measure A, the provision in … Continue reading

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How do you get to Carnegie (Innovation) Hall?

For any private entity offering to lease City-owned land or buildings and renovate the property at its own expense, our pro-labor City Council has a message:  If you want a deal with the City, you’ve got to take care of … Continue reading

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Memo to the City Manager (Part III)

Today, the Merry-Go-Round concludes our series of columns on the major challenges confronting new City Manager Eric Levitt and his staff in the coming years. Nobody asked us, but . . . the most difficult task Mr. Levitt may face … Continue reading

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