Politics

City Council members opted early Wednesday to move forward with a set of recommendations for strengthening the city committee that mediates rent disputes – and, over the objections of Mayor Trish Spencer, to consider gathering data on the rent market here and in other cities to inform discussion about additional steps the city could take to protect renters.

The City Council unanimously rejected a proposal Tuesday to rescind the prior council’s approval of the Del Monte warehouse development.

Even Mayor Trish Spencer, who put the rescission discussion on the council’s agenda, voted against a repeal, saying concerns about the project could be addressed by the council in other ways.

Council members Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Tony Daysog said the benefits of retooling the development project to address lingering concerns didn’t outweigh the risks of rescinding approvals for it.

Mayor Trish Spencer has asked her dais-mates to consider rescinding a plan to redevelop the Del Monte warehouse into hundreds of new homes and shops.

The new council will consider rescinding the master plan and development agreement for the project, which includes up to 380 homes and 30,000 square feet of retail space on the 11-acre Del Monte property, at tonight’s meeting. The former council approved the development by a 4-1 vote in December, with Councilman Tony Daysog casting the lone “no” vote.

Future residential development was on everyone’s mind Tuesday night as a growth-friendly City Council gave way to two new members who support a slower approach to development.

But the old council members didn’t exit without leaving their mark on the city’s landscape. In the final hour of their tenure, the council members approved a plan to develop the site of the former Del Monte warehouse for up to 380 new homes.

While the 4-1 vote was applauded by some in the audience, the lame duck council’s action drew heavy criticism from residents who wanted the new council to decide the matter and sought more time to discuss the proposal.

When an Alamedan reader questioned a statement City Councilman Tony Daysog made Tuesday night regarding a $995,000 upgrade for the Alameda Police Department's dispatch and records system, Daysog responded on Twitter and a lively debate ensued. Here's their exchange.

Members of the City Council voted Tuesday to abandon plans to create a city-sponsored rents task force, opting instead to allow a local attorney to lead a community-based process to explore concerns about rising rents.

The council voted 3-2 to move forward with the community based process; the community group is to report its findings on December 2. Council members didn’t make any decisions about when – or if – they would move forward with an official task force in the future.

The task force proposal was the result of growing concerns over evictions and rising rents in Alameda. More than half of Alameda’s residents are renters.

Alameda's City Council narrowly voted down a proposal to form a city-sponsored task force to examine the nature and impact of rent increases, instead opting to adopt a surprise proposal to proceed with an informal community process. That and more, in tweets.

A pair of Alameda firefighter/paramedics will soon be doing more than just responding to medical emergencies: They will be checking up on the city’s infirm residents after they leave the hospital.

The City Council on Tuesday night signed off on the city’s participation in the Alameda County Community Paramedicine Pilot Project, a county-funded, two-year pilot project to help divert patients from expensive hospital emergency room visits by helping them access community resources and making certain they are practicing good self-care.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to rezone federal property near Crab Cove for park use – and to remove contested language from a companion measure council members said was designed to spell out what the council will do if the city is sued over the zoning change.

The City Council okayed an ordinance to rezone federal property near Crab Cove for park use, along with a companion measure detailing how they'll pay for any lawsuit over the change - sans controversial language that would allow the council to reverse the decision. That and more, here.