A little bit of this, a little bit of that
Trees. The council unanimously approved a new Master Street Tree Plan to guide the way the city manages its 15,000-tree urban forest. The two-volume plan is the first update the city has had on how it plans to manage its trees since 1989. The city will next tackle planning how to manage trees in city parks.
Sunshine. The council voted to put a Sunshine Issue Spotting Task Force in place to look at ways the city can do a better job of getting information to the public. Five issues the city would like the task force to consider include considering a registry for city lobbyists, expanding campaign finance report disclosure, extending the amount of notice the city gives for public meetings and providing direction on public records turnaround and cost. The task force includes Jeff Mitchell, Gretchen Lipow, Rob Wonder, Thomas Charron and John Knox White, and it will be moderated by Jeff Cambra.
Golf. The council said it wants to consider a plan that would allow a non-profit organization to take over operations of the Mif Albright nine-hole golf course. A group of golfers calling themselves the Keep the Mif Coalition has written a business plan for running the course and is raising money to operate it. The council could consider a proposal for the Alameda Junior Golf Club to run the course in early March.
Business. The city’s Economic Development Commission said the city needs to provide better online services to businesses that may seek to set up shop on the Island. The recommendation was one of 10 the commission made toward making the city friendlier to business.
And back to SunCal. The developer withdrew its requests that the city extend its exclusive negotiating agreement to ink a development deal at the base by two years, and also asked the city to table its request to rescind the notice of default the city sent on February 5. But the council voted to ask SunCal to allow the city to amend its agreement to open negotiations and release negotiation documents, including the pro forma that lays out the financial assumptions that underpin SunCal’s plan. Meanwhile, opponents of SunCal and their plan said they want the city to kick the developer off the Island.