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Council, School Board hold joint meet on Point

Submitted by on 1, January 4, 2010 – 6:00 amNo Comment

apThe City Council and the School Board are holding a special joint meeting at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, January 5 to talk about development at Alameda Point. And important note: They’ll be at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue.

The two groups – and interested members of the public – will receive a joint presentation from Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant and schools Superintendent Kirsten Vital on development at the Point that will cover the initiative process and the contents of the Measure B Alameda Point development initiative, the chronology of the process and more.

The presentation isn’t online so I can’t give you much more, though I’ve heard that the council at least may learn whether they can officially take a position on the initiative.

Mayor Beverly Johnson, Vice Mayor Doug deHaan and City Councilman Frank Matarrese have all come out against the measure. Councilwoman and mayoral hopeful Marie Gilmore told The Island a while back that she understands it’s got issues but that she hopes to press forward on inking a development deal with SunCal, the master developer the council selected for the Point. Councilwoman Lena Tam has said she supports Alameda residents’ right to vote on the matter.

Superintendent Vital recently sent a letter to parents saying the district and SunCal have yet to come to an agreement regarding their plan and the resources the developer will need to provide to ensure the district has adequate schools to educate the Point’s new residents – and that she’s not confident they will before Measure B comes to the ballot on February 2. (Early ballots go out starting today.)

The council will reconvene in a special meeting to attend to, you know, other business, on Wednesday. (More on that mañana.)

SunCal, incidentally, finally handed in their latest campaign finance report, on December 30 – six days after it was due. As of December 19, the developer has contributed $780,401.57 to its Measure B campaign. The 23-page report is available in the City Clerk’s document database, here.

Oh, and if you’re trying to figure out how to vote in the coming election and would like the chance to hear both sides give their take on the measure, the Alameda League of Women Voters is hosting a Pros and Cons forum on Measure B at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 7 at the Alameda Free Library, main library, 1550 Oak Street. The forum will allow participants the chance to question proponents and opponents of the Alameda Point development measure. Admission to the event is free.

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