Last night, Alameda City Council unanimously approved a consent calendar item that puts a parks protection initiative on the November ballot.
Citizen group Protect our Alameda Parks turned in over 10,000 signatures to the City Clerk in April, in support of a ballot measure that would create a “charter amendment changing requirements for when a citywide ballot measure is needed to authorize certain sales or disposals of city parks.”
The initiative would close a loophole in the city’s governing charter by requiring the electorate to vote on a proposed sale or disposal of public parks.
The group was motivated to gather signatures for the initiative when Alameda City Hall began entertaining the possibility of exchanging a portion of the Chuck Corica Golf Course with developer Ron Cowan, who wanted to build homes on what is now the Mif Albright golf course. The proposed swap sparked much citizen outrage and was eventually scrapped.
City council approved the item last night without discussion.