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February 21, 2018

Can’t stay here

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

Did everyone catch this CBS piece on the tiny homes and livestock near the entrance to the tube?

If not, you’re welcome.

Personally, I have heard about the Alameda Maker Farm but I guess my mind never contextualized that it existed as a physical space with pigs and llamas.  Nor did I mentally place the space next to the tube entrance in an industrially zoned area with tiny homes.

Because even though it sounds like a great community what we’re really talking about here is squatting.

I mean yeah, the emotional support pig that was trotted out to the City Council meeting is totally adorable, but if this really feels like an entitled case of asking for forgiveness rather than asking for permission.  Let’s put it this way: if the residents of the Alameda Maker Farm weren’t hipster looking white people (and Asian lady) and instead were some of the much more careworn faces of the long term homeless individuals around town we wouldn’t be having a conversation about “more time.”



February 20, 2018


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

Staff has put forward — at the request of the City Council — a proposed RFP for Cannabis Business Operator Permits, but the operations will be limited to:

  • One nursery cultivation/distributor’s permit
  • Four manufacturing permits (including distributor’s permits)
  • Two testing laboratory permits
  • Two medicinal retail dispensary permits (including delivery permits)

So no storefront retail shops just yet.

The minimum requirements to move on to the next phase is:

  • LOI was submitted on or before the March 19, 2018 deadline
  • Pre-Application Review Deposit of $1,000 paid on or before the March 19, 2018 LOI deadline
  • Evidence that a proposed location for the cannabis business has been secured
  • Evidence that the proposed location is outside of cannabis buffer zones for sensitive uses


February 16, 2018

Not today

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

Enjoy your four day weekend

February 15, 2018

Housing for those without homes

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

And yet another bill is in the works that seeks to do the super obvious to solve what feels like an impossible problem to solve: build homes for homeless individuals and families.  From the Sacramento Bee:

[San Francisco Assemblyman David] Chiu is making a major push this year for legislation and funding to address homelessness by fast-tracking housing, measuring public dollars spent by cities and counties to combat it and collecting data on services used such as emergency room visits and shelter stays.


February 14, 2018

Everyone has one

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

This video is one of the reasons why Andrew Thomas — despite my fleeting fascinations with other wonky experts that appear at city meetings — remains my number 1 city government crush.

Just to set the scene, this at the Planning Board, the agenda item is the hotel parcel that is in that weird bump out that was supposed to be where the ferry terminal was to be located but turned out to be not the right space and has been lying fallow ever since.  I’m pretty sure nothing will ever get built there so whoever owns that property is out of luck.  Here is one of Trish Spencer’s appointees trying to use the BCDC non-vote as a rationale for the City — at least — not approve the hotel there, but his dismissive attitude at the end of the video suggests that he wouldn’t be open to anything being there.

But here’s Andrew Thomas, doing that awesome Andrew Thomas thing he does:


February 13, 2018

Rare abstention

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

At the first meeting of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (of which Alameda is a member and, naturally, Trish Spencer appointed herself to said commission) there was an agenda item to okay and approve legislative positions.

After a brief presentation and a lengthy written staff report, Trish Spencer actually attempted to abstain on this particular agenda item.  After the Executive Director pointed out that Regional Measure 3 would provide a huge pot of money to the ferry system, of which Alameda would stand to benefit greatly,  Supervisor Scott Haggerty went on a huge tirade about how the ferry representatives had pushed for this measure so he didn’t understand how the representative from Alameda (aka Trish Spencer) would dare to abstain on this particular agenda item.

Trish Spencer actually tried to say that she abstained because the other members of the Alameda City Council had gotten upset about her positions on these commissions in the past and that she didn’t know what position they wanted her to take on this issue.

Girl please.


February 12, 2018

Dead and gone

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

In case you were worried that the Cowan project to move the Harbor Bay Club to the business park might somehow get resurrected since a new plan seems to crop up every few years, it looks like a non-business related use is not in the works any longer.  So long as the Planning Board doesn’t muck it up.  Joe Ernst is, again, saving the day and proposing a series of commercial buildings on that site.

From the staff report:

The five buildings total 187,100 square feet and range in size from 29,400 square feet to 47,000 square feet. All five buildings are located along the street frontage at the setback line and are a uniform 29 feet eleven inches in height including a parapet to screen mechanical equipment. The ground floor area totals 161,900 square feet and there is a partial second story on each building totaling 25,200 square feet. The second floors constitute less than 14 percent of total floor area.


February 9, 2018

Every move you make

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

On the heels of the ask for license plate readers, the Alameda Police Department has also launched a new initiative called We S.E.E.

Which stands for We S.E.E. (Share Electronic Evidence).

From the Press Release:

When a crime occurs, APD’s investigation includes checking with nearby residents and businesses to determine if there is camera footage available. Many Alameda businesses are equipped with security cameras, and as technology advances, residents are increasingly adding video doorbells and other surveillance to their homes. These cameras may be capturing vital information that can be used to solve crimes. For example, last year we were able to resolve investigations for package thefts, a peeping tom, and assault with a deadly weapon with evidence obtained from private cameras.

We S.E.E. (Share Electronic Evidence) is a voluntary program, where individuals and businesses can register the location of a camera with APD and help keep the community safe. When a crime occurs, officers will now have access to a list of nearby locations with possible electronic evidence.



February 8, 2018

Best and highest use, more details

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Here are more details about the Alameda Medical Respite and Wellness Center from APC. As a reminder this is the proposed site and the site plan, which may be subject to some change.



February 7, 2018

Best and highest use

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

Monday the City of Alameda released this wonderful press release about a truly exciting community project:

This week, the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) announced it has received conditional approval from the federal government for a no-fee conveyance to APC of 3.65-acres of surplus federal property on McKay Avenue, next to Crab Cove. APC is receiving the title to this surplus federal property to establish the Medical Respite & Wellness Center as a homeless accommodation project.

With the conveyance of this property, APC proposes to rehab existing facilities to create a multi-modal wellness center that will primarily serve adults experiencing homelessness, with a priority of serving seniors, persons with complex medical and persistent mental health conditions, high users of the health care system, and other vulnerable populations.

In addition, a resource center located at the facility will serve Alamedans who are on the brink of homelessness or have recently became homeless, with the goal of helping them quickly navigate back into a stable living situation.


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