Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a really good holiday, I did and it went by too quickly.
The big news is right now (aside from the recent Supreme Court ruling about Redevelopment agencies — but that’s another topic for another day) is that the City has finalized a pick for City Attorney. At tomorrow night’s City Council meeting, the full Council will vote to finalize a contract with Janet C. Kern as Alameda newest City Attorney. Recall that the City Attorney search occurred shortly after former City Attorney Teresa Highsmith retired after taking a second job with the law firm of Colantuono and Levin as the City Attorney for the City of Barstow. There was a whole round of resume sorting, interviews and then the process was rebooted because the first search attempt was unsuccessful. Of course, in grand Alameda tradition there was lots of speculation about who was in the running including a lot of conjecture based on inaccurate sighting during the closed session interviews held at City Hall West. This selection comes from the second round of searches which was restarted at the end of October. The Council selected Janet C. Kern, most recently of the City of San Jose’s Redevelopment Agency.
As an aside, I’ll say that incoming City Attorney Janet C. Kern certainly picked the right time to jump ship from a Redevelopment Agency given the recent Supreme Court ruling which allows the dismantling of the Redevelopment Agencies statewide, but again, another topic for another day.
According to the Staff Report, here’s a short backgrounder on Janet Kern:
Ms. Kern’s most recent experience was as Deputy Executive Director for the City of San Jose Redevelopment Agency, a position she held for three years. She served as the City Attorney for the City of Morgan Hill for over two years from 2006 to 2008 and as the Senior Associate Counsel with the City of San Jose for over eight years. She has been a member of the California Bar Association since 1991 and earned her J. D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1984.
There’s a bit more info about her here and a photo:
And some more relevant highlights from her bio:
She oversees the Project Management, Finance, Transactions & Real Estate and Transportation & Strategic Planning Divisions.
As Deputy Executive Director, Janet Kern plans, organizes, manages and is accountable for the successful implementation of redevelopment strategies/programs and specific public and private projects in San Jose’s Merged Area Redevelopment Area.
Prior to being appointed Deputy Executive Director in July 2008, Janet Kern served as Senior Deputy General Counsel to the Agency for eight years. Janet Kern was a key player in the successful completion of numerous projects such as the Convention Center Marriott Hotel, rehabilitation of historic buildings such as the Letitia, Security, Masson and Dr. Eu buildings, development of major mixed use projects such as The 88 high-rise condominium, retail and parking garage project, as well as preparing and implementing programs such as adoption of the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative Redevelopment Plan and revised
Downtown development plans.
Janet Kern is a seasoned transactional attorney, with significant deal-making experience in both the private and public sector having negotiated, documented and implemented mergers, acquisitions, financings, facilities development (permitting, construction and operations), joint ventures and numerous multi-party contracts and agreements for multibillion dollar international companies in the telecommunications, environmental services and building products sectors.
I think it’s really interesting that the City Council selected someone with so much development and real estate experience which will probably come in handy once Alameda Point is fully conveyed to the City. According to the staff report her starting date will be January 9 and she has a three year contract. Her salary is $190,000 which is a shade under what Teresa Highsmith was taking in salary wise.