EBMUD Considers Water Restrictions for Alameda

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Tighter Water Restrictions Are Probably On Tap

News of Interest to Alameda

Water Woes At press time, EBMUD was contemplating mandatory district-wide reductions of 20 percent below 2013 usage. It’s a response to the governor’s order to state water districts to cut back 25 percent on average in the face of California’s drought.

Measure A Developers seeking exemptions to Measure A may still be able to get one. The City Council decided against enacting a moratorium that would end such exemptions.

Digital Meters Alameda is replacing its analog parking meters. All 822 should be replaced by June, which will allow drivers to use their credit cards if they come up empty handed and lack change.

On the Go The car-sharing economy got a boost recently when the Alameda Transportation Commission said yes to Car2Go, a point-to-point car-sharing company that wants to serve the Island with 35 cars. The City Council has the final say.

Interim Manager Assistant City Manager Liz Warmerdam will serve as interim manager when John Russo leaves. She started her career in Alameda, then worked for Pinole as an assistant to the city manager and a redevelopment project manager.

Lease Approved The Water Emergency Transportation Authority earned the go-ahead for a fuel and maintenance center when the council approved a 60-year lease agreement on .73 acres on West Hornet and Ferry Point streets and 3.4 acres in San Francisco Bay.

Moving Over The Alameda Chamber of Commerce has moved to a new location in the South Shore Shopping Center. The space the chamber vacated, will be home to Pinot’s Palette, a creative venture where wannabe artists can round up their friends, and maybe some vino, and learn with step-by-step guidance how to paint a canvas.

Rising Rent Zillow reports that rents are going up in Alameda because of slow housing growth. The solution? Construction, of course.

Tidal Transfer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to split ownership of the Oakland Inner Harbor Tidal Canal between Alameda and Oakland and is angling to transfer three parcels at no cost to Alameda. In return, Alameda would assume responsibility for its share and associated undetermined costs, which could be offset by later sale or leases.

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