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September 17, 2019


Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

I finally had the opportunity to listen to the Planning Board meeting on the whole Spinning Bones patio use permit.  While I got the idea that the neighbors were not fans of the use permit I thought they would be okay with a limit on the patio space use (which resulted in the 3:00 pm end time approved by the Planning Board for the patio space).

Turns out, not so much.

In fact the neighbors turned out to vehemently tell the Planning Board that they should deny the patio use permit altogether because of reasons.  Apparently there is a dispute between the existing residential tenants and the landlord as to the use of the patio space. According to Spinning Bones the landlord has written into their lease exclusive use of a portion of that patio space and they’re paying additional money for that space.   It’s not clear if use of the patio space is detailed in the residential tenants’ contracts but they seem to be under the perception that they have a right to the space.  There is some sort of action to adjudicate this, so it will be interesting to see how that shakes out.


September 16, 2019

Third time’s the charm

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

So this is, at least, the third appeal of the hotel on Harbor Bay (the one closest to residential homes) that we’ve seen come to the City.   From the staff report:

In December 2018, the City of Alameda (City) Planning Board approved Design Review and a Final Development Plan for a 172-room hotel and restaurant located at 2900 Harbor Bay Parkway in the Harbor Bay Business Park (project). The Planning Board Resolution PB18-23 (Exhibit 1) included Condition No. 6, which required that the applicant return at a later date for Planning Board review and approval of the final architectural details, colors and material selections, and landscape materials. On February 5, 2019, the City Council considered an appeal of the Planning Board’s decision and upheld Resolution PB18-23 approving the Design Review and Development Plan for the project. The City Council also asked that the Planning Board consider the building setback when the applicant returned to fulfill the requirements of Condition No. 6.

On May 28, 2019, the Planning Board reconsidered and reaffirmed the building setback for the project. On June 6, Brian Tremper (appellant) filed a Petition for Appeal of the Planning Board’s decision on behalf of the Freeport Homeowners Association (Exhibit 2).

On July 22, the Planning Board approved the final architectural details, colors and material selections, and landscape materials for the project, as required by Condition No. 6. On August 19, the appellant supplemented the Petition for Appeal by electronic mail to reflect the Planning Board’s July 22 decision (Exhibit 3, and together with Exhibit 2, the “appeal”).


September 13, 2019

Look at the camera

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Not much for today, it’s too hot to write anything, just want to share this hilarious tweet:


September 12, 2019

One ADU at a time

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

San Jose has done it and should be a model for other cities looking to provide some real relief to the housing crisis.  They’ve pre-approved one accessory dwelling unit model from builder Abodu.

From ABC 7:

City officials believe these granny lists could go a long way in helping to ease the Bay Area’s housing crunch and they hope the pre-approved plans will speed things up for potential builders.

“You’re shaving off all that decision-making time that would go into a custom-built ADU, you know, how big is it going to be, where do the rooms go, what kind of kitchen is it, all of those decisions are already made,” said Cheryl Wessling with the city’s planning, building, and code enforcement department.

On Tuesday afternoon, the city council will consider a loan forgiveness program worth up to $20,000 for residents who are willing to rent out their backyard homes as affordable housing for five years.



September 11, 2019

And speaking of 9/11

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

While I’m not displeased about anyone who leaves this administration, it’s just further proof of the major dysfunction that exists at the highest level of this government:

September 10, 2019

Throw a (spinning) bone

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

In a short: where we are now roundup.

Apparently the president of the United States started a Twitter fight with Chrissy Teigan and John Legend.  If you do not follow Chrissy Teigan on Twitter you should.

Then we found out over the weekend that members of the Taliban were invited and then uninvited to Camp David.

Then we found out that Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire NOAA employees who contradicted Donald Trump’s Alabama and Hurricane fixation.

It’s only Tuesday people.

The British Parliament has started the prorogation process in some strange ceremony including a person called “Black Rod” escorting the speaker of the Commons to the House of Lords.


September 9, 2019

Make no Spinning Bones about it

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

It always amazes me to read complaints from folks about the proliferation of too many nail salons and too many Boba places and bemoan the fact that we don’t have enough unique establishments in Alameda.   Then when an interesting concept does try to open in Alameda (and establish business practices to make sure they can stay in business) there are others (maybe the same people) who then attempt to either stop the business from opening or severely limit the ability of that business to do business to stay in business.

A quick aside: you can be happy about neat new places opening in the City without crapping all over the concept of a bubble tea joint or a nail salon.  Because, look, if those businesses weren’t making money and providing income for their owners, they’d be closed down by now.  Perhaps we should be marveling at the entrepreneurial spirit of these small business owners rather than assuming an air of superiority because you, personally, have no idea who drinks bubble tea or gets their nails done so you can’t fathom how there are so many of these joints are open.

Anyway, the latest Planning Board brouhaha comes in the form of a new proposed barbecue restaurant on Park Street: Spinning Bones.   The brouhaha is over a small patio area in the back of the space. which was used by the bar that existed there without proper permits.  The restaurant is trying to get the proper use permit to use the space but it appears that residents who have suffered through the rowdy, drunk bar patrons at a bar down the street are attempting to punish the new restaurant tenants because of bad behavior from a previous and different use location.


September 6, 2019

National Horror Story: write out loud

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

I don’t think we’ve ever had so much president-ing in one president before. Who else would think of *checks notes* alternating a hurricane projection map to cover up an initial lie and then double down on it? Who?

Only the most presidential president in the history of president-ing.


September 5, 2019

Slowdown in town

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Just so you know Councilmember Tony Daysog has received 10 parking tickets in the 10 years that he has lived in this West End house right off of Webster Street.  There’s a whole discussion around parking enforcement but it was so fatiguing that it’s not even worth going into detail because it was just continued anyway.

So, I just wanted to point out that the state Legislative Analyst Office released a building permit update statewide which reveals that building permits are at its worst state since the last recession.Screen Shot 2019-09-04 at 5.20.20 PM


September 4, 2019


Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

Not related to Alameda at all but I have been absolutely fascinated by what’s going on in the UK at this very moment.

Yesterday, the slim majority held by the Conservative party (which then pushed Boris Johnson into the Prime Minister’s seat) was lost when a member crossed over to the other side which sort of imploded the grand plans made when prorogation was requested and granted by the Queen.

And, then a bunch of members from the Prime Minister’s own party crossed over and voted to, essentially, undermine the Prime Minister’s agenda.   And then those members — 21 of them — were removed from the Conservative party.

I mean, does the political drama get any better than that?


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