Politics

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.

Proponents of a ballot measure that would rezone 3.9 acres of federal property near Crab Cove for park use are crying foul over a city-drafted companion measure that, if enacted, would give the City Council the power to put their initiative on ice.

“We feel it is an attack on our ballot measure,” said Karin Lucas of Friends of Crown Beach, which drafted the zoning measure. Lucas and a leader of one local environmental group said they may sue if the city’s so-called “fiscal responsibility” measure is enacted.

Bills that would revamp the community college accreditation process and permit worker cooperatives are among the nearly two dozen proposed so far by Alameda Assemblyman Rob Bonta during the second half of the 2013-14 legislative session.

The 22 pieces of legislation that Bonta, who has announced he plans to run for re-election this fall, has introduced since February include bills that seeks to boost the amount of produce available to people living in "food deserts," grant the Oakland Unified School District more time to sell surplus property to help pay off a $100 million loan from the state and grant union-friendly changes to bargaining rules.

City Hall is better organized, the city is greener than ever before and Alameda Point will soon see development after a 17-year wait, Mayor Marie Gilmore said Tuesday during her annual State of the City address.

City Councilman Tony Daysog is considering a run for another office: The Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. George Miller.

City Councilman Stewart Chen’s resume omits a potentially embarrassing episode.

A group of locals who want Crab Cove to expand on federal property where houses are proposed to be built has submitted language for a proposed ballot measure to the City Clerk.

The group, Friends of Crown Beach, is hoping to gather the 6,000 signatures it needs to put the measure on the November ballot. The initiative, which would change the zoning for the property to open space, was submitted by Doug Siden, a member of the East Bay Regional Park District board; former City Councilwoman Karin Lucas; and resident Wai-Kuan Woo.

Candidates for an array of local races are beginning to stake their claims for a place on the November ballot.

Residents and business owners in the new Alameda Landing development may pay thousands of dollars more in taxes for roads, sewers and police protection than their other Island neighbors.

The City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to move forward on a pair of proposed special districts encompassing the Alameda Landing development that, if approved, would allow the city to levy additional taxes to pay for the facilities and services; Councilwoman Lena Tam was absent. A public hearing and potential city approval of the proposed districts is set for January 7.