Tag: City Council

Comparable to the Mif?

There is a lot of information out there about the Alameda Golf/Mif Swap unfortunately much of it is pretty bad which causes the discussion to wend its way out of control and into the absurd. That said, I think the…

The sunshine is shining in Alameda

Sunshine in government is a really important tool for effecting better decision-making as well as encouraging greater, more meaningful participation in the public process. Yesterday, something momentous and good occurred. The City Council and ARRA agendas came out…10 days prior…

Alameda Commissions on the block

Tonight, the city council will be discussing moving forward with re-configuring the boards and commissions the serve as points of public input to the city. The way this is moving forward is troubling on a number of fronts. It’s been…

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.

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.