City Council in brief
Boys and Girls Club: The council decided Tuesday night to make a decision on whether they’ll add the Boys and Girls Club’s new West End facility to its list of projects to put forward for Measure WW regional park bond money. On December 1, the council will decide once and for all whether they want to ask the East Bay Regional Park District to let the city spend $2 million of the $3.4 million in direct bond funding Alameda will get to help build the club.
The council had planned to wait to make a decision until the park district’s bond counsel offered an opinion on whether the club, which is not a city-run organization, would be eligible for the money. But park district officials told them the opinion won’t be available until after applications are turned in. (They told The Island last week that the opinion could come early next year, before applications are due.)
Park Street convenience store: The City Council voted 4-1 to uphold a Planning Board recommendation to allow a hotly contested convenience store to open on Park Street, north of Lincoln.
Councilman Frank Matarrese had brought the matter to the council for review, he said, because he was concerned the store would have a negative effect on the city’s efforts to redevelop its former Auto Row. He cast the sole vote to stop the store. But Councilwoman Marie Gilmore argued that the city would get the businesses it wants at some point, but that with the economy being as bad as it is, the store is what we can get for the space for now.
Planning Board President Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, who had cast the board’s lone no vote when it considered the store, argued unsuccessfully before the council that it would not contribute to the mix of businesses the city wants in the area. Robb Ratto, head of the Park Street Business Association, said the association supported the store.