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November 15, 2016

One last time

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

The City Council meets for the first time post election results which means that this will be one of the last meetings for Tony Daysog.  Fortunately for him his last Call for Review will be heard just in the nick of time before he says his goodbyes, but not soon enough to give him an extra lift with the Filipino community. For those keeping track of Calls for Review from start of the Trish Spencer administration, see this page.

In early October this was the Call for Review:

“I am calling for review the September 26, 2016 Planning Board Agenda Item 7B, seeking only and particularly to discuss and include a new name per the street names for Site A Alameda Point.  In particular, I am seeking to include the name of Mr. Felix Fortuna, a [current] long-time Alameda resident of Filipino-American descent who, in addition to serving as the go-to realtor for many persons of Filipino descent as they made their respective way into Alameda, contributed generously to the well-being of Alameda as whole.  For this reason especially, I am convinced it is right and fitting to recognize Mr. Fortuna and include his name in the list of names for street names for Site A of Alameda Point.”

As of the last campaign filing there was not a huge influx for contributions from the Filipino community or even the family referenced above.

Based on the ask these are the three recommendations from staff that could be pursued by the City Council:

Based on the call for review and the City’s existing City Facility Naming Policy, the City Council may:

1. Affirm and uphold the Planning Board’s decision.

2. Waive the requirements of the 2007 Council policy, and modify the Planning Board’s decision by replacing one of the Navy squadron or Navy vessel street names shown on Exhibit 1 with the name “Fortuna”.

3.  Remand the decision back to the Planning Board and the HAB to have the name “Fortuna” added to the pre-approved list of names by the HAB and selected for one of the streets in Site A by the Planning Board.

Staff recommends that the City Council uphold the Planning Board’s decision regarding the street names at Site A as the decision was made consistent with existing City policy.  However, if the Council would like the name “Fortuna” to replace one of the Navy squadron or Navy vessel street names, it is recommended that the Council proceed with option 2 above.   Option 3 will require at least two additional public hearings to accomplish the same result as option 2.

I’m not sure if there will be a compelling enough reason for anyone else on the City Council to expend political capital for this particular issue.

Other than that issue it should be a relatively quick night, for once.  Not that many big items except for the revised Rec and Park fee schedule, some small bumps for resident fees, but larger ones for non resident fees.  And some new fees that are mostly for group rentals.

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3 Comments »

  1. Given that there’s a Willie who has a plethora of City this and that named after him because he had a peculiar ability to swing a bat and to assuage this city’s racial guilt, I think it’s very appropriate that a street be named for Fortuna regardless of whether a Navy vessel or squadron gets replaced. The Navy abandoned us, Filipinos will never abandon us.

    Comment by jack — November 15, 2016 @ 6:29 pm

  2. 1. happy hour ! the sound of Jack choking on his own vomit.

    Comment by MI — November 15, 2016 @ 8:47 pm

  3. Daysog, like the mayor, is micro-meddling in city business when he cannot even do the job he was elected to do–provide genuine leadership in our community. He campaigned as a “changed man” four years ago but the old, wishy-washy, long-winded Tony Daysog showed up again. Time to make the Alameda City Council a forum for courageous and adult behavior again…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — November 17, 2016 @ 10:39 am


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