Public Advocates

When city leaders voted last week to allow new apartment buildings to be built on 10 sites in Alameda – in apparent contravention Measure A, which bars such development – they were facing the very real possibility of a court challenge that could have nullified the four-decade-old voter initiative Island-wide.

“I strongly believe we would have been sued,” Planning Services Manager Andrew Thomas said.

Measure A conflicts with the state’s housing element law, Thomas and other city staffers said. And if there were a legal battle between the two, they said state law would prevail.