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Council Continues Referral on Mif Albright Golf Course to Subsequent Meeting

Citing the late-notice absence of Councilmembers Lena Tam and Marie Gilmore, Vice-Mayor Doug deHaan asked for the indulgence of the councilmembers in attendance in deferring hearing of his referral until a subsequent meeting.

Mr. deHaan had made a council referral to “Direct the Interim City Manager to finalize negotiations for a lease of the Mif Albright golf course for senior and youth play, with designated representatives of the Alameda Junior Golf Association and/or its working subcommittee, consistent with the spirit of the tentative business term sheet dated June 3, 2010.” deHaan also wanted the the City to authorize the reservation of $100,000 from the Golf Course Enterprise Fund to help secure a $250,000 grant offered by the Wadsworth Golf Charities to fund improvements to the Mif Albright course.

However, deHaan asked to let members of the public speak on the matter while holding off on a council vote until a subsequent meeting when a full complement of councilmembers might be present.

A number of speakers spoke in favor of leasing the course to the Junior Golf Association; one speaker joked that SunCal wanted to build condos on the land currently occupied by the Mif. Glenn Van Winkle read a letter of support for the Mif Albright from fellow youth golfer Joshua Yuen, written on behalf of the Alameda Junior Golf Club. Steve Taddei, speaking in support of the proposal, said that, “this is real opportunity for the City of Alameda.” Alameda resident and former Alameda golf commission member Jane Sullwold volunteered to take on the job, at no cost, to act as director of the non-profit that would operate the course.

The issue will return to a future City Council meeting. The next regularly scheduled Council meeting would be Tuesday, November 2nd.

Alameda High School Girls' Golf Team and Mrs. Albright (Courtesy Keep the Mif Coalition)

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