Renewed Hope

Alamedans are feeling pinched by rising rents, new survey results released by housing advocates Renewed Hope show.

Housing advocates are asking the city to consider new rules that could control the rise of rents.

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.