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October 6, 2015

How deep is your trouble?

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


Apparently Harbor Bay Associates are none too happy about tomorrow’s Special Meeting.  Now this meeting is only to get feedback from the community about what they want to go into the old Harbor Bay Club site when and/or if Harbor Bay Associates decides to build their new club closer to the business park.  Staff has laid out what they believe are the pros and cons of both scenarios: (1) leaving everything the way it is or (2) rezoning to residential and have decided that number (1) is the better choice at this time.

Naturally, even with a vote tomorrow night, nothing would preclude Harbor Bay from putting in an application to rezone that parcel at a later date, but at this actual moment in time, staff is suggesting that the City Council just keep everything as is.

The best thing about the angry letter from Harbor Bay Associates is that it puts the City Council in a super awkward position.  Essentially it says that the City Council should not do anything tomorrow night until an actual application is put forward.  Here’s why that is problematic, particularly for the two people who were celebrated by the Harbor Bay Neighbors as elected by them to protect against HBIA.  If both decide to take the advice of HBIA’s lawyers and not vote for the staff recommendation, well, they haven’t danced with them what brought them.  If Frank Matarrese recuses, which I have heard that he does and does not need to, I’m sure there is a something from the City Attorney making that determination, I should probably get my hands on that before tomorrow’s meeting, he’ll get the easy way out.  Of course if he recuses and he doesn’t really need to, well, that speaks volumes as well too.

Here’s a copy of angry letter.

And excerpts:

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Should be a great meeting, particularly for those of us with no skin in the game and can watch with popcorn in hand.



  1. There’s a lot to enjoy in this letter: invocation of the infamous “vocal minority,” grumping that a city council noting that it likes its general plan, thanks is a due process violation, that typo at the top of page 2. Good bluster! I don’t have an opinion either way on this issue yet, and I think council members can signal clearly and ask their questions without a motion.

    Comment by gaylon — October 6, 2015 @ 6:25 am

  2. It will be interesting to see what staff’s response to this letter is. They seem to have taken a very conservative approach to these issues in the recent past when it came to the “pre-judging” issue, with a very clear fear of legal hassles that could result.

    Comment by BMac — October 6, 2015 @ 9:17 am

  3. The post you did on Woody’s Group, Inc. v. City of Newport Beach, 233 Cal. App. 4th 1012 (2015) comes to mind right about now.

    Comment by AK — October 6, 2015 @ 10:32 am

  4. #3 Did you read the entire case ruling? There was quite a lot more to it than just speaking about something during an Election Campaign.

    Comment by frank m — October 6, 2015 @ 1:21 pm

  5. I’m having a hard time deciding on whether to watch my saved “check Please” or this meeting.

    Comment by John P. — October 7, 2015 @ 6:41 pm

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