So you all know that per the Sunshine Ordinance Alameda has an 11 day noticing requirement for all agendas. That’s why, if you are signed up to receive stuff from the City, you get things way in advance.
About seven days ago, after the City Council agenda was already published, this email was sent out:
No big deal right, I mean, it’s just an appointment to the Social Services Human Relations Board, while important it’s not necessarily time sensitive. While the Mayor can call a “special meeting” with only seven days notice, one would think it would be for time sensitive matters like, say, a moratorium on evictions during the holidays or something super pressing. But not for an appointment to a city board.
I mean, this is how it had to be shoehorned into this agenda, as a Special Meeting that is called at 6:59 P.M. and adjourned with the Regular Meeting starting at 7:00 P.M.
For the sneaky procedural move alone the other City Council members, the ones who will be sitting there come January, should decline to vote on the matter until the next City Council meeting when it is properly noticed.
It’s clear that the Mayor wants to makes sure her appointee of choice is nominated and voted through while her assured rubber stamp, Tony Daysog, is still on the City Council. I’m not sure who she will be nominating, but there are lots of qualified people on the list.