Last night the City popped out an evening press release which broke the news that the City had settled with SunCal. Before people start ragging on the new Council about this decision or attempt to bitch about the “SunCal slate” or some other assorted nonsense, the vote was made before the new City Council was seated and the vote was 4-0 (and Rob Bonta is, of course, not on the Council anymore) which means that yes, even Doug deHaan and Beverly Johnson voted for this settlement.
So the deal is, the City will return the $1.073 million deposit ponied up by SunCal as well as an additional $3.177 million over the next 18 months. The City is hinting that it didn’t necessary settle because it felt it would lose in court and on appeal, but rather because because keeping the City in legal limbo would just cost a lot more money than just to bite the bullet and settle now. More on this tomorrow.
On Tuesday, the new City Council was sworn in and we all said adieu to the old City Council. I have to say I am looking forward to the new Council and whether they will all mesh well together or if someone will quickly reveal him/herself to be the voice of the “other side” on the City Council.
If I were a betting person, which I am not, my money would be on Tony Daysog only because at the very end of his term the first time around he was is in a sort of love fest with the, for lack of a better term, the “Doug deHaan faction.” I’ll need to find a better term for that group of folks now that Doug deHaan is off the City Council. I think the culmination in my disappointment in Tony Daysog was when he suggested during the 2006 election that the election of the slate of Doug deHaan, Pat Bail, and Eugenie Thompson was a vote to “preserve” all that was good and noble about Alameda and to vote for the others was to vote for “so-called progress” and therefore the destruction of Alameda.
But it’s been six years now and I’m willing to give him a fair shake and see what Tony Daysog will bring to the City Council these next four years. Also given that, despite the addition of Kenneth Kahn in that mayoral election, Tony Daysog viewed that particular election as a referendum on Alameda and Beverly Johnson was the “so-called progress” candidate, I wonder how that will shape Tony Daysog’s next four years.
But I have to say that these next few Council meetings will be a lot of sizing up of the new members because while I think most folks who watch the Planning Board meetings have a good idea of who Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft is and where she stands on — at the very least — planning and land use wise. Stewart Chen is a less of a known entity because his work on the Hospital Board isn’t as close to the issues tackled by the City Council and I’m hopeful that the Tony Daysog will be unlike the Tony Daysog that left the Council the last time around.
On Tuesday night, the City Manager introduced Liz Warmerdam as the new Assistant City Manager. Liz Warmerdam is, as I mentioned yesterday, an Alameda resident, a West End resident to boot. And while folks want to make negative insinuations about Liz Warmerdam based simply on the fact that she worked for the City of Hercules and contracted with the City during the time when there was great corruption at the highest level, the fact that she managed to stay above it all and continued to be gainfully employed while so many others fell under scrutiny speaks volumes about her.
Also, I found this on her Linked In profile, which just solidifies her awesomeness:
Ms. Warmerdam started her career in the US Army and achieved the rank of Captain in just 4 years. She is also airborne qualified. During her service she was a platoon leader, a battalion intelligence officer, and corps adjutant. Ms Warmerdam resigned her Regular Army Officer Commission in 1992 to pursue Master Degrees in both City Planning and Public Administration from UNC- Chapel Hill.