Today’s must read: Rin Kelly on the Alameda Point initiative
Lots of Alameda Point news these last few weeks, folks, including local writer Rin Kelly’s discovery that city staff is not so on board with developer SunCal’s ballot measure on Alameda Point.
Writing in the East Bay Express, Kelly says that Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant and other lead city staff are welcoming SunCal’s plan to delay their ballot initiative laying out their development plan for the Point – because they’d rather not see this particular initiative go on the ballot.
“It’s pretty one-sided,” Assistant City Manager David Brandt said of the development agreement in the initiative. “They wrote it and it wasn’t negotiated. Typically, if there was no initiative, they might have submitted a draft and we would have sent it up marked-up six ways to Sunday.”
One concern is the $200 million cap on what the developer will pay for public benefits like parks, a library, transit improvements and more.
A SunCal spokesman told Kelly that the company’s goal was to submit a full plan to voters. “We didn’t want to ask them simply for an exemption to do some arbitrary thing that they couldn’t trust — we felt that if the voters were going to be exempting the Point from something, they wanted to know what they were granting that exemption for,” Adam Alberti of Singer Associates, a PR firm hired by SunCal to help out on its initiative efforts, told Kelly.
SunCal’s reps told Kelly they don’t plan to rewrite and resubmit their initiative.