Month: January 2011

Going Forward at Alameda Point

One of the hallmark’s of the last eight years of planning at Alameda Point was a decisive unwillingness on the part of the City Council to get actively involved in any of the planning of decision-making. While this isn’t to say that specific council people didn’t have ideas, or try and influence what was happening at the Point, as a body, the Council (or more appropriately the ARRA) never actually did anything. Plans long-term decision making issues came to the board, where as a body, the members remained silent, never accepting or rejecting what was projected.

This was by design.

Alameda’s new website: from bad to worse

Upon visiting the homepage, a least tern flies across the top of the screen, signaling that this $74,800, no-bid website, which is based on a marketing companies proprietary system, is more flash than substance. From the generic photos the highlight the useless categories, to the lack of people of color featured in almost any photos (hello designers, new census says Alameda is only 56.9% white folk, but of course, this is the same no-bid company that surveyed Alameda business folks to ask if they like doing business in Alameda because of our “homogenous population”), to the useless categories that lead users to a maze of links, this website is a perfect example of the problems of the past 18 months.

Did deHaan just apologize to Tam? (video)

At the end of what was a very lively City Council meeting that included a truly bizarre incident when former Council Candidate Eugenie Thompson walked into the meeting, straight up to the dais, and interrupted the Council’s discussion on new meeting procedures to have her say on an earlier item, Councilmember Doug deHaan gave what appeared to be a personal apology to Lena Tam, for the City’s actions against her last year.

Alameda City Manager Selection

We have had a lot of experience lately, what with three managers in 5 years. (I don’t count the interim appointments of Brandt and Goldman, who were/are literally filling in between official hires.) But tonight the Council needs to expand upon their ideas for who should lead the City.