Category Archives: Housing

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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Leaders of the pack

Ever since Councilwoman Malia Vella joined Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Jim Oddie on the dais in 2016, the Council majority (which now includes John Knox White) has been trying to implement the “progressive” legislative agenda in Alameda. The Council cabal … 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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Memo to the City Manager (Part II)

Twenty-two years ago last week, the U.S. Navy left Naval Air Station Alameda, and nearly 18,000 jobs went with it. Ever since, creating jobs to replace those lost – and generating new employment opportunities for Alameda residents and others – … Continue reading

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Our problems with Measure A

The Merry-Go-Round believes that the “wellness center” for the homeless proposed for McKay Avenue is a good idea. But we’re having a hard time bringing ourselves around to supporting Measure A.

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Their CASA, your casa

A little more than two years ago, Alamedans voted for an ordinance that did not place a cap on annual rent increases and against a charter amendment that not only imposed such a cap but also banned so-called “no-cause evictions.” … Continue reading

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