Category Archives: Housing

Ballot bollocks

This November, the ballot for Alameda voters will contain a measure to incorporate the existing rent stabilization ordinance into the City Charter.  Ordinarily, the Merry-Go-Round wouldn’t pay much attention to the actual ballot question the electorate will be asked to … Continue reading

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They’re there in Oakland

For more than a while now, the Merry-Go-Round has been listening as the developers of Site A at Alameda Point and the Del Monte warehouse try to explain why their projects have not broken ground, more than two years after … Continue reading

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Misuse of mixed use

Suppose a developer buys a 10-acre parcel of land zoned “MX-MF” – i.e., “mixed use” with a “multi-family overlay.”  As required by the City’s mixed-use zoning ordinance, it then submits a master plan for the site.  The plan shows that … Continue reading

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Continuing legal education

During the Russo-Gilmore administration, the Merry-Go-Round’s antenna went up whenever a speaker, on or off the dais, asserted that state law “required” or “prohibited” a specific result. The assertion usually was made as a tactic to put Council members in … Continue reading

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The self-destructing cap

This is the story of how the one successful effort to limit residential development on the northern waterfront – the 435-unit housing cap on the North Housing site – blew up in its proponents’ faces.

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SB 35: no help for Alameda

SB 35, one of the slew of housing bills recently signed by Governor Brown, has been touted as making it easier for private developers to get approval for projects that include affordable housing. Maybe so.  But is it likely that … Continue reading

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And in other news . . .

The scandal involving Council members Jim Oddie and Malia Vella has been dominating the local news recently, with the result that other stories have gone unreported. Here are a few of them:

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