Update, 6:00pm, June 27th, 2009: Response from Kate Quick, President of the Alameda League of Women Voters:
Well, there is some editorializing and a bit of opinion in Bill’s statement. But essentially, the dialogue did take place, and Lena did say that due to some changes in the conditions now in discussions with the Navy, there may need to be changes to the wording of the initiative, but they may be not substantive. She indicated that there are a lot of possible ways the process could go, enumerated them, and did not endorse any specific course of action. I don’t think the discussion of alternatives means that any of them are necessarily going to happen. I felt that there were many uncertainties in the discussion and it was left that many things could possibly happen.
I do not think it is wise to jump to any conclusions based on this discussion. Kate
We were in the midst of writing an article (which we expect we will still publish next week) on how Alameda City Council, the Planning Department, and other actors in Alameda were duped by SunCal into believing that the developer was going to bring forth a simple “change Measure A for Alameda Point” initiative. Then we got an email, from which we excerpt a paragraph below, which shows, if true, just how desperate and pathetic some City Council members are.
Excerpt: (to be verified) :
Great news at today’s Alameda League of Women Voters annual meeting when City Councilmember Lena Tam let it slip that the City is determined to change the Initiative before it goes on the ballot. City lawyers are reviewing the Initiative now for the purpose of determining what can be changed in the Initiative without requiring that it be recirculated.