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Sunshine Issue Spotting Task Force to Meet on Wednesday Evening

On February 16th, 2010, the Alameda City Council created the new Sunshine Issue Spotting Task Force and appointed five members to it. The group has their first meeting this Wednesday night.

According to the City staff report to Council for February 16th, the Alameda City Council, on November 17th, 2009 determined that an ad hoc community task force should be formed to identify issues related to the practice in Alameda of open and transparent government.

Accordingly, City staff identified the following issues as “worthy of further exploration:”

  • Extend the noticing requirements for public meetings beyond 72 hours;
  • Provide direction on Public Records Act requests regarding cost and turnaround time;
  • Develop guidelines regarding the minimum radius that must be used when notifying neighbors about land use matters;
  • Expand campaign finance reports disclosure;
  • Consider a registry for City lobbyists.

Council appointed Tom Charron, John Knox White, Gretchen Lipow, Jeff Mitchell and Rob Wonder to the task force, and assigned Jeff Cambra as facilitator.

The group’s first meeting will be held this Wednesday, March 24th, at 7pm in the Stafford Meeting room at the Alameda Main Library, at 1550 Oak Street. The meeting is, of course, open to the public.

According to a statement release by the City of Alameda, “the agenda for the meeting includes establishing the Task Force’s objectives; developing a draft list of ‘sunshine’ issues that merit further discussion by the Task Force and the public; determining a method for prioritizing these issues; and obtaining public comment on the draft list of issues.”

The group is expected to meet three times.

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