I wrote a follow up comment about the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society’s case against the City of Alameda, School District and Housing Authority yesterday, but wanted to make sure that everyone saw it. So I did ask both the City of Alameda and School District for a copy of the complaint, but no one had it. Weird right given that the agenda item was clearly there on the School District’s closed session agenda.
Turns out as of Tuesday night the case had been filed with the court, but not yet served to the parties.
But here it is on the (now crappy pay site) Domain Web:
But on Wednesday afternoon the best City Clerk in the whole wide world sent me a copy of the papers that had finally been served on the City of Alameda. Here’s the nutmeat of the writ:
And so, AAPS is asking that the whole transfer be set aside until the City complies with CEQA, which means that they want a full EIR or something instead of whatever was done that indicated that the deal was exempt. It sounds like, based on reading through this, AAPS is worried that because the School District has that new 20 acre parcel on Alameda Point which has some historic buildings on it that they are exempt from the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance which means that they could possibly just bulldoze down the whole thing and no one could do anything! Except we know based on the whole Historic Alameda High School thing that that couldn’t possibly be the reality, but kitchen sink approach and all. Would the School District be any worse of stewards than the City of Alameda? I doubt it, but there you go.
In other legally type news after someone asked whatever happened to the former City Attorney Teresa Highsmith’s case (answer: nothing happened it kinda just quietly died I think). But the search back for information led me to a website in Sierra Madre or wherever she has been appointed to via her job with Michael Colantuono (remember the law firm she hired to investigate City Councilmember Lena Tam).
So recall that the firm Colantuono was a partner with was called Colantuono and Levin, named for him and another partner Sandi Levin. Someone on the Sierra Madre site commented that the firm recently had been renamed to Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley. And sure enough, that was correct, from the website:
“I’m pleased to have both Terri and Holly as my fellow shareholders. This reflects their significant contributions to the practice of municipal law and our firm,” said managing shareholder Michael G. Colantuono.
A lesson for all future City Attorneys out there, make sure that you direct enough of your City’s legal contracts to an agency so that when you decide to leave your government job you too can become a partner at that law firm. Congratulations to former Alameda City Attorney Terri Highsmith in her awesome new role.