The Mayor Heads to the Philippines

Mayor Spencer explores cultural ties, renters protest at city hall, and the Harbor Bay Club debate continues.


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HBC Update

For now, the current site of the Harbor Bay Club remains zoned for commercial and recreational use. The council voted 4-0 with Mayor Spencer abstaining, but the decision does not preclude a future change. Developer Ron Cowan had proposed building homes there but has since withdrawn the idea.

 

Cultural Exchange

Mayor Spencer is leading a delegation to Alameda’s sister city, Dumaguete, Philippines, Nov. 19-26 after Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, extended an invitation. Sagarbarria visited Alameda this summer.

 

Renters Riled

Renters with signs saying “Stop Evicting Grandma” picketed at City Hall to protest rising rents and evictions. The Alameda Renters Coalition wants the city to enact a moratorium on rent increases and no-fault evictions.

 

Advocate Retires

After 14 years helping homeless students get enrolled in Alameda schools, Vickie Smith has retired. She assisted hundreds of students and their families in obtaining necessary services and supplies.

 

Kite Flying

Makani, the Google-owned wind-energy company at Alameda Point, is getting closer to full-scale testing of its flying electricity-generating kite. Makani still needs FAA approval to fly the kite but is headed to Hawai’i to continue development.

 

Flood Alert

FEMA’s new 100-year Alameda flood map includes 2,000 parcels with a 1 percent chance of flooding from extreme high tides or heinous storms. Homeowners with federally backed loans may be required to get flood insurance. Learn more 6:30-8 p.m Nov. 4 at Harbor Bay Community Center.

 

VA Backlash

President Obama’s 2016 budget includes $70 million for the new VA clinic and columbarium at Alameda Point, but congressional backlash over VA overspending could jeopardize the project.

 

Settling In

The American Community Survey reported that over the last 15 years, the West End and Park Street areas have the highest percentages of new residents. Overall, about half of the residents moved in within the past 15 years, a trend also reflected in other Bay Area cities.

 

Passages

Former City Councilwoman Barbara Ann Kerr, 85, often a council critic, died recently. An Alameda resident for 40 years, she served on the City Council from 1996 to 2004 and unsuccessfully took on Beverly Johnson in the 2002 mayor’s race.

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