The news of the ousting of seemingly popular head of the Nea Charter School, Maafi Gueye, has also brought attention on the lease between AUSD and CLCS (ACLC and Nea) about facilities for the next few years. I don’t have much to add to the discussion about the administrative leave of Maafi Gueye only that it was a 7 to 1 vote in favor with 2 abstentions. There seems to be a lot of support for Maafi Gueye but a fair amount of detractors as well. Not really my issue since it’s not an AUSD thing and oversight is done by the CLCS’s Board of Directors who should be comprised of parents and facilitations/teachers at the schools.
Anyway, what is of interest to me is the fact that the CLCS Board, at that same meeting, went ahead and voted to approve the lease with AUSD to move both ACLC and Nea into the Woodstock school site. I guess this means that negotiations went fairly well. That was an unanimous vote by the way. But let’s put a pin in that topic for a minute and move on to another MOU that was negotiated as part of this lease deal with AUSD. As I pointed out a while back, the Woodstock site is next door to the Alameda Boys and Girls Club which generally has all their activity after school hours so during school it’s probably pretty empty and therefore could be a possible place for Nea and ACLC if there was some overflow needed particularly when it came to the “big room” concept. CLCS worked out a really sweet deal with the Alameda Boys and Girls Club. I mean, it’s a great deal and really a win – win for both organization since the Alameda Boys and Girls Club will get a little money and Nea/ACLC will get space to spread out even more.
So if you couldn’t guess the proposed street names for the Alameda Landing residential project are all kinds of yawn worthy. Here they are in list form (and alphabetical order):
- Ardent Lane
- Bennington Lane
- Cheyenne Lane
- Constellation Street
- Freedom Lane
- Hartford Lane
- Langley Lane
- Lassen Street
- Mason Lane
- Mercy Lane
- Mitchell Avenue*
- Mosley Avenue**
- Olympia Lane
- Patriot Lane
- Porter Lane
- Princeton Lane
- Randolph Lane
- Rushmore Lane
- Shiloh Lane
- Singleton Avenue*
- Yorktown Lane
They did it, the Feds filed that condemnation claim against McKay Avenue as promised:
Look, I know no one watches the Historic Advisory Board meetings. I mean maybe there might be one or two people out there, but unless you are actively interested in the meeting, it tends to be a pass on most people’s must see TV list.
I don’t know why I tend to periodically watch the HAB. I guess I’m a masochist, but this last meeting from the 3rd of April is a doozy. Let me give you the basics. Homeowner somewhere on the East End started construction without permits on some historic-y house. Got hand slapped big time, paid huge fine now has to go through the whole HAB process because he wants to raise the foundation and do some other things. So he’s not really starting on the best footing because the neighbors are highly suspicious. Now homeowner has hired a new general contractor to help him out and seems to be largely on the right track, but the neighbors are still suspicious and understandably so. But, now there is oversight via the Planning and Building Department which is notoriously strict.
Nothing for today, have a great three day weekend!
You want to know what led to the the beachfront at South Shore looking the way that it does? Look no further than the City Council meeting from Tuesday night. Essentially we have created the draft for a “vision” for the Town Center portion of Alameda Point. I means it’s really not much of a vision other a few form based codes, very general zoning, some height limits, and open space requirements. That’s it. As long as the developer doesn’t violate anything in the “Precise Plan” then it’s open season.
The agreement from last night’s meeting was to open this Request for Qualifications (RFQ), not proposals, because we don’t want to see what people might do, we just want someone who has the financial ability and the past history to have been able to do something to build anything.
Given the scope of the RFQ and the limitations placed on the developers, it’s HIGHLY unlikely that we’re going to get anything visionary, innovative, or special. And given the constrained time line (six months) it’s even less likely we’re going to get anyone of quality and we’ll just get some cookie cutter developer that has some plan they’ve tried out elsewhere that they think they might be able to shoe horn at Alameda Point.
Rewinding to a School Board meeting from a few weeks ago, there was a presentation on the demographics report commissioned by the School Board to guesstimate how many more kids will be in AUSD’s future. The TL;dr takeaway? Alameda is going to see a gradual uptick in students.
What was helpful about the demographics report is it did debunk some of the rumors that have long circulated about AUSD. Mainly the whole “OMG there are a ton of Oakland kids using Alameda schools and their parents don’t pay property tax” meme that rears its head whenever it’s time to vote for school parcel taxes or bonds.
I guess given the conclusion of negotiations with Charles Co. the City is now looking for someone else to signal their interest in Alameda Point, specifically the Town Center portion of Alameda Point. Tonight’s City Council agenda refers to the start of the RFP process for two parcels at Alameda Point:
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m horrible with visualizing the size of things in my head. You tell me something is x number of feet long beyond the size of a normal human person and I won’t be able to picture it in my head. So when someone asked me, hey did you know that the entry sign for Alameda Point being proposed by the City is 48 feet long, I knew it was large but I couldn’t figure out in my head how large that really was.
And then I saw the renderings, the first graphic shows where it’s going to be. Looks big but not that big:
Tuesday night’s School Board meeting was a doozy — as it generally is — there was a parade of PE teachers that essentially said students need PE or else they will all get fat and lazy (paraphrasing). There was the craziness with the Newark Unified School District which voted to not pass through to an Alameda County consortium of other school districts (Alameda included) money to help credential teachers. From what I understand Newark Unified is the fiscal agent for the consortium Alameda belongs to and they have decided that they’re going to keep the money to themselves. Shame!
But the icing on top of the Alameda School Board cake was at the end for two consent agenda items which should have been straightforward for the school board given that they know and we all know that this school facilities bond measure is moving forward and you sort of need to hire professional consultants to help you draft the language for the measure and advise you on financially stuff.
I hope you all see where I’m going with this…