As I mentioned last week, the City Council has decided to attempt to close the loophole created by the emergency moratorium that was passed earlier in November to create a pause of sorts while the City Council attempted to come to some sort of policy decision regarding the rental housing crisis.
We know that the majority of the members of this City Council are into “slow” growth: Frank Matarrese’s pushing for the downzoning of North Housing in return for voting for Site A, Tony Daysog announcing that there is “too much housing” already, and well, Trish Spencer ran on a slow growth platform. There is no way that this Council will ever be able to build Alameda out of a housing crisis or even approve enough housing to help provide relief to the pushed out so the only protection for the vulnerable will have to be some sort of stabilization.
Despite an attempt to pin the mass eviction on one of his favorite targets: the City Attorney and her staff, the reality is that the intent of the City Council to preserve for cause evictions during the moratorium period is what opened the door to the 407 Central evictions for capital improvements. Not because some of the language was slightly different.
Anyway, the City Council will take a step in the right direction if they vote to close the loophole tonight, but it will take a vote of four of the five to make it happen. We’ll see if they add any additional protections during the moratorium period to avoid any further need to continue to amend the urgency ordinance.
Also on tonight’s agenda is a call for review by Tony Daysog of the container project at the entrance to Park Street. A “call for review” is essentially an appeal that can be lodged by any member of the City Council without requiring the need to pay the appeal fee. Any normal Alamedan without the ear of a City Council person would be forced to pay an appeal fee. It a way of putting the brakes on a project without having to deal with the repercussions of saying why you are against the project so that the project sponsor can defend him/herself against the accusations.
It’s this call for review paired with this comment by Tony Daysog which makes me highly annoyed. Tony Daysog — in defending him against rumors that he is behind some rent related phone poll — wrote this:
Let me put this issue to rest: I’ve definitely **not** directly or indirectly supported any survey whatsoever. Have never talked with anyone about this. Nor have I encourage any such thing. Long and short: I simply don’t run with any crowd whatsoever, let alone ones with the money to fund surveys.
The notion that he doesn’t “run with any crowd” is contradicted by the fact that he allowed himself to do the dirty work for some crowd who didn’t want to fill out the proper appeal paperwork or pay the fee when he claims in his call for review email that he “didn’t have an opinion” on the matter.
Perhaps Tony Daysog can share with all of us which residents asked him to call for review the container project and what their arguments were that were so convincing that he got over his lack of an opinion on the topic. This project went through two public hearings before the Planning Board, I’m not sure how much more public input is required to satisfy Tony Daysog. There are letters of support from many of the surrounding businesses, currently no letters from anyone saying the reject the project, but yet these phone calls were so compelling that Tony Daysog was “obliged” to force the project into yet another round of public input where no new information will be presented and nothing significant will have changed the project.