The agenda item tonight calls for council to vote on awarding an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with Alameda Point Partners which would enable the developer to proceed on coming up with specifics for so-called “Site A” which is slated for 800 housing units and 200,000 square feet of commercial space.
The problem, according to Matarrese, and some community members, is that two sitting councilmembers, Lena Tam and Stewart Chen, and Mayor Marie Gilmore, comprising a three-vote majority, were either termed-out or voted-out in this month’s election; the terms of all three end on the evening of December 16th.
Frank Matarrese said, “The ENA on tonight’s agenda, outlining the negotiations with a prospective developer is significant step and I feel strongly that this is a question for the new council rather than a council whose majority is leaving office. I plan on attending and speaking to this item with a request that the item be tabled until the new council, which will be giving direction on future negotiations, is seated. This follows the points highlighted in my campaign: Creating jobs and establish park lands at Alameda Point and to put reasonable limits on residential development.”
On December 16th, Matarrese and Jim Oddie are expected to be sworn-in as new councilmembers, and Trish Spencer, currently on the school board, is expected to be sworn-in as Mayor.
Residents too are calling on the existing council to defer the vote.
Adam Gillitt, of Alameda, told Action Alameda News, “I think it’s inappropriate for this lame-duck council to sneak through this developer’s approval when it has such importance to the quality of life in Alameda’s future. It should be tabled until the new mayor and city council can take it up themselves.”
The city council meets tonight at 7pm at Alameda City Hall