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Let the games begin!

Submitted by on 1, January 5, 2009 – 10:00 amNo Comment

Welcome back! I had this crazy idea I could emerge from my post-holiday stupor slowly, with just a post or two a day this week … but we all know this town is too happenin’ for that!

So what happened when I was off celebrating? Let’s see … local rockers Finish Ticket placed second in a big SF band competition … a bunch of folks discovered there’s no going out the back door of the main library when the power went out … and … the battle for Measure A began in earnest!

A group called Save Our City Alameda has launched this 30-second television ad, decrying a proposal by SunCal Companies to develop a new community out at Alameda Point with 4,500 homes, office, retail and more. The ad is slated to run on local cable channels for the next few days.

The group, whose supporters include Action Alamedan David Howard (he’s the spokesperson), Alameda Public Affairs Forum Chief Arthur Lipow and former council candidate Pat Bail, (they’re listed on the group’s website) would like to see the land developed into a public trust that includes existing commercial uses at the Point.

The City Council, sitting as the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority, is slated to hold a public hearing on SunCal’s just-released draft master plan for the Point at its meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall (the meeting wasn’t on the city’s website as of Sunday, but you can get the details and the packet right here, click the link under “Current ARRA packet”). The draft master plan is available at the same address, just click the link to your right.

A ballot measure to amend Measure A, which limits housing development in Alameda, could come as soon as November.

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