Nestled amidst the bill-ratification this and the ordinance-amending that of this week’s City Council agenda is an item that may provide an interesting insight into the collection of souls who sit on the council: A discussion of the council’s priorities for the next year or two.
A few pages after the boilerplate about directing the city’s resources to enhance the quality of life for residents and promoting the city’s businesses and providing good public safety et al, there’s a list ranking some two dozen items council members consider their highest priorities.
At the top of the list? Addressing the waking fiscal nightmare that is Alameda Power & Telecom’s entry into the cable business (though I’m not sure whether to be relieved or frightened that this tops the council’s list, the only item with all five members listing it as one of their highest priorities).
Building out the city’s stock of affordable housing comes in second, closely followed by redeveloping the base, transportation planning and … Planning and Building’s Customer Service Improvement committee work items (couldn’t find much on this group, save a three-year-old city “news article” about the committee being set up to address people’s “concerns” about the department, which you can view here).
Items at the bottom of the 29-item list include labor agreement negotiations with public safety bargaining units; reviewing a business and financial plan for the Alameda Museum, whose rent the city pays; rebuilding Fire Station 3, which serves the Gold Coast, Fortmann and Alameda marinas and the chewy center of the Island; and finding the money to create an Estuary Park (settlement talks in the lawsuit over proposed development of some of this land are ongoing).
Anyway, they’ll be talking about this at the meeting Tuesday night (and approving a new big box ordinance that doesn’t prohibit big box stores or allow new land uses, here). You can view the proposed priority list here and a consultant-generated document about how they got here, here. (They’ll also have a presentation from the state food and ag folks about light brown apple moth spraying, because they’re doing it here.)