Just a hodgepodge of miscellaneous news
First the BART strike has been averted, proceed as normal folks. But, according to the SFGate article, some folks may be trying out alternate modes, so if you still want to try out taking the ferry, it’s actually a pretty neat ride.
The lawsuits against Measure H are moving towards positive resolutions, with the Beery case appearing to be more farther along. Borikas has declined to join up with Beery to work to develop a new parcel tax that businesses will be happy with, preferring to keep the terms of their settlement offer private.
The petition over at John Knox White’s site has amassed an amazing number of signatures in support of the three school board members under threat of recall. While the vast majority of signatures are from Alameda residents there are a few non Alameda residents as well showing their support as well. If you have not yet signed, please do so and if you know of others that would like to show their support as well, please pass along the link.
On that topic, word is that the group organizing the recall effort (S.E.R.V.E. Alameda) will be having a press conference on Friday and have asked permission to do it at City Hall. Additionally, they want to have a town hall meeting on August 29 to “discuss school district issues” also at City Hall. It’s a good strategy, nothing adds an air of legitimacy more than having a meeting at City Hall.
The Firefighters have put out their rebuttal document to the consultant report that has been oft quoted by City leaders. I’ve only skimmed the document, but wanted to put it out there for those interested.
Mark Haskett of the now defunct Central Cinema is looking to take over the Parkway Theater in Oakland. Redroom posted a bit of an email from the programmer and host Will Viharo who said that talks continue between Mark Haskett and Councilmember Pat Kernighan:
Mark has very specific ideas on how to streamline the original business model. He shares my view that the overhead should be split between a team with specific theater experience and one with restaurant experience, working in concert under one roof. This has always seemed the most cost effective and efficient way to operate this kind of business, as far as I’m concerned.
And last but not least, CASA is hosting two workshops on the Zero Waste Implementation plan, one for businesses and the other for the community at large. If you can’t make it out to the meeting, you can participate via a Webinar (business and community). Those meetings are set for Wednesday starting at 8:30 a.m. for the business one. The community meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. Both will be held at City Hall in the Council chambers.
But on Tuesday, CASA will be hosting a meeting on Climate Change in general starting at 7:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church Social Hall, 1912 Central Avenue. The first part will feature Alamedan, Srikant Subramaniam who will talk about the “Science of Climate Change” and the second part will feature Joyce Mercado, green guru, who will talk about “the Art of Making a Difference.” Seriously though, I think Joyce Mercado knows every in and out about recycling and other such things in Alameda and she makes it accessible to the average person.