Back to work for the City Council and it’s a huge agenda with a ton of Council Referrals that have been kicked down the road forever.
First issue is the senior housing on Bay Farm that had an opponent on the City Council before it even hit the Planning Board approval stage. As promised before the Planning Board had even discussed the issue, Trish Spencer has pulled the approvals in her latest Call for Review that just adds to the total number that Frank Matarrese coined as “very few.” Staff is recommending upholding the Planning Board decision. Seniors vs jackrabbits, we’ll see who the City Council majority supports.
The Boatworks project is back in both the Closed Session and in the regular agenda. At this point, this project is such a mess they would be better just starting from scratch.
There’s a TDM agenda item which would be the perfect opportunity for people involved in bike and ped safety to come and talk to the City Council about the problems. While it’s technically transportation demand management, you can’t get people out of their cars and on to their bikes or walking if there are going to be collisions between bikes and cars frequently. Last week there a biker (kid) was hit by a car at an intersection that was supposed to be daylighted but the project was compromised because of the possible loss of parking spaces. More on in another post, but it’s a good time to point out that telling people to get out of their cars won’t be enough if people don’t feel safe on the streets of Alameda in anything but a steel machine.
Then there are all the referrals that may or may not get heard but is technically grandstanding time. In seven separate referrals there are three from Frank Matarrese, one from Tony Daysog, and three from Trish Spencer. Because staff doesn’t have enough work to do that they need to accommodate pet projects. The good thing is that there has to be a majority vote to push these Referrals through as an actual action item, the bad thing is that these three could just team up to vote for one another’s just to get their own issue through even it’s ridiculous.
This is also the first meeting after that huge Alameda Magazine article, should be fun.