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Parks Protectors Proceed With Ballot Initiative

Citing Alameda City Council’s refusal last week to place an initiative on the ballot to tighten restrictions on the sale of city-owned park land, “Protect our Alameda Parks” is moving forward to collect signatures to put it on the ballot themselves.

A circular from the group notes that they have already begun gathering signatures for the initiative and gathered over 500 last weekend. Last week, Councilmember Doug deHaan motioned for the city council to put the initiative on the ballot, but it was not seconded.

Protect Our Parks supporters outside Alameda City Hall on February 21, 2012.

The group is in a race with Bay Farm Island Developer Ron Cowan, who wants to exchange a portion of the Chuck Corica Golf Course for undevelopable land he owns along North Loop Road. If Protect Our Parks can get their initiative approved by Alameda voters on the November ballot, and Alameda City Council has not yet voted on final approval for the exchange, they may have blocked the swap.

Mr. Cowan has promised to build sports fields on the North Loop Road parcel, to compensate for the loss of the golf course property.

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