Category Archives: Housing

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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A question for the candidates

None of the four groups sponsoring Council candidate forums so far has asked the Merry-Go-Round to supply a question, so we’re hoping that someone from the one remaining sponsor, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, will be willing to pose this … 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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New housing for the homeless – in Alameda

One of the first projects funded by the state’s “Project Homekey” program, created to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, may open right here in Alameda.

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Crashing symbols

Those who have been striving to put before Alameda voters a ballot measure repealing Measure A in its entirety – not just its prohibition of multi-family housing but also its restriction on residential density – will get their last chance … Continue reading

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The “basic human right” to housing

Reading the stories about what we’ve come to call “Occupy Magnolia Street,” it didn’t take us long to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

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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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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 … Continue reading

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