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December 16, 2014

Everybody’s business

Filed under: Alameda, Business, City Council — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

Tonight, the new City Council members and Mayor will be sworn in around 8:00 ish.  Nothing substantial on the new City Council’s agenda.   Hopefully there won’t be too much talk about mandates and whatnot.

Anyway, I wish the City Council best of luck and, as always, I’m going to try to hope for the best for this Council to continue with the positive steps that were made by the outgoing City Council, particularly on issues such as the budget and their work to lure new businesses to Alameda.

Just wanted to point out that in addition to some exciting new technology companies (Sila Nanotech) and food and beverage companies (Faction Brewery, Building 43 Winery) a few older Alameda Companies have recently added more square footage and by extension, more jobs to Alameda.   From a City press release:

Last month, the City of Alameda Planning Board approved VF Outdoor’s plans to build a new 55,288 square foot “Innovation, Warranty, and Digital Lab” building at their existing corporate campus at Harbor Bay.

Penumbra, a leader in the development and production of medical devices for treating strokes and other vascular diseases, recently executed a lease for an additional 78,000 square feet at Harbor Bay, bringing its total Alameda foot print to 176,000 square feet.  Since its 2004 inception, Penumbra has grown from 16 to approximately 700 employees.

ABB Optical Group is the nation’s largest distributor of soft contact lenses, with its west coast manufacturing and distribution center at Harbor Bay Business Park.  ABB recently extended its lease for ten years and added 45,000 square feet, nearly doubling its size to 95,000 square feet.



  1. More about Tonight’s city council meeting:

    If you get on the City of Alameda home page, click on “Agendas,” then click on “Next City Council Agenda,” after some searching around, you’ll see a Special Meeting at 5:00 PM at which item 2-C on the consent calendar is the Del Monte project.

    This means they’ll probably just wave the proposed Del Monte project right on through without discussion.

    You’ll also see that the Regular meeting starts at 7:00 PM, with an hour for praises to the outgoing members, then swearing in of the new at 8:00 PM.

    Comment by A Neighbor — December 16, 2014 @ 9:13 am

  2. With all the discretion being granted to Tim Lewis to develop Jean Sweeney Park, they might end up re-naming it “Tim Lewis Park”.

    Comment by vigi — December 16, 2014 @ 9:51 am

  3. Vigi – TLC has absolutely no “discretion” about the development of the Jean Sweeney Open Space. They are simply providing funds to the city. The city retains complete control over the design and construction of the park. That is clear in the agreement with the city and was discussed in detail at a Planning Board hearing.

    Comment by david burton — December 16, 2014 @ 11:22 am

  4. After two years of public meetings, many newspaper article’s, multiple planning board and council meetings and staff working with the neighborhood, this project has finally come to this point. As an aside at the last meeting the public speakers were in favor of this project by over two to one. I know that is just anecdotal, but it always seems to get raised by those who normally oppose this type of project.

    Comment by John P. — December 16, 2014 @ 11:22 am

  5. 3 = Well, that’s what I thought until I read pages A-6 to A-8 of tonite’s agreement. “if Developer is selected to perform the Jean Sweeney Work [JSW], it will be entitled to…a management fee”…”JSW may include any of the following; …installation…grading, landscaping, other construction activities….All of the JSW shall be conducted by the Developer, if selected as the contractor, in accordance with the Master Plan…etc…etc…Developer shall have the right to accept or decline the City’ request to construct additional phases in its sole discretion.”

    Pardon me, but this sounds like a bit more than “simply” providing funds to the City. I suppose it is logical that the same developer would be selected to “perform the Jean Sweeney Work”, but I just wonder if many people realize that. Please do explain how these funds have “absolutely” no strings attached. I want to be wrong. Really, I do.

    Comment by vigi — December 16, 2014 @ 11:52 am

  6. Oten times due to the timing and phasing of vertical construction – it’s easier for the vertical developer to install the parks – and it’s not uncommon that they would receive a fee for overseeing the construction on land they do not own.

    My preference is that the vertical developer construct the parks – then it’s more likely it will get built.

    Comment by Karen Bey — December 16, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

  7. It was Jean Sweeney herself who unearthed all the fatal flaws in the SunCal plan. She was a fine detail person. So, Vigi, keep digging into the TLC agreement.

    Comment by A Neighbor — December 16, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

  8. vigi, Karen has the right interpretation of what you are looking at. Whether they are engaged for construction of some or all of the park improvements, the city maintains complete control of the design of the park and what the end result will be.

    Comment by david burton — December 16, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

  9. gloat, gloat, gloat, 4 to 1 vote. Del Monte moves on.

    Comment by John P. — December 16, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

  10. It was interesting to witness tonight’s “changing of the guard” City Council meeting: the tone of the meeting changed considerably from before the recess to the swearing-in. It is clearly just the beginning of a more dynamic City Council term.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — December 16, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

  11. I did not to post this earlier, but I thought that if a consent calendar item had speakers it would be pulled. I don’t have time to check the tape if it is posted and I didn’t have time to watch live feed. Rather than slip through the vote on Del Monet as part of consent, I thought there could have been a long list of public speakers on the vote. Was this not what happened? I know that members of Council can pull consent items for discussion, but also thought if there was just one public speaker that it would be pulled while speakers stated comments.

    Comment by MI — December 16, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

  12. 10. Jon, “a more dynamic term” ? I’ll have to watch the tape and see what that is about. I get that there is a significant difference, but I’m not sure what to infer from “dynamic”.

    Comment by MI — December 16, 2014 @ 11:12 pm

  13. To quote Chris Mathews “The Clown Car has arrived”

    Comment by alan P — December 17, 2014 @ 12:30 am

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