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California Redevelopment Association Wins Lawsuit to Take Money Back from Schools to Subsidize Developers

The California League of Cities has announced that the California Redevelopment Association – City of Alameda Redevelopment Services Manager Leslie Little sits on the Board of Directors – has realized a victory in their lawsuit against the State of California, over money taken from California local redevelopment agencies to provide school funding.

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Still Waiting for the Retail Sales Tax Boon Promised by the Parking Garage, Alameda Theatre

On Tuesday night, City Council will review the quarterly sales tax report for the quarter ended September 30, 2008. There’s still no evidence that the Alameda Civic Center Parking Structure and Alameda Theater complex are providing the retail sales tax boon that was promised to Alameda residents.

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Short Notes from City of Alameda CAFR for Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2008

The City of Alameda Comprehensive Annual Financial Review (CAFR) document is not online yet, but a copy was available for review at last night’s City Council meeting. Here are two quick items of interest from the report.

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Parking Enforcement Revenues Offset Parking Revenue Shortfall

At last week’s City Council meeting, council heard how parking enforcement revenues are making up for a shortfall in parking fee revenues at the Alameda Civic Center Parking Structure.

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Union Projectionists Picket Alameda Theatre Again

The return of James Bond to the Alameda Theatre also brought back a picket line from the projectionists union, I.A.T.S.E. Local 169.

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PSBAs Rob Ratto Verbally Assaults 76 Year Old Man in Council Chambers

At last night’s City Council meeting, Park Street Business Association Executive Director Rob Ratto stood at the podium and verbally assaulted a 76 year old man who, exercising his first amendment rights to free speech and his rights to participate in his government, expressed opinions that Mr. Ratto evidently didn’t like.

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Theatre Protest Draws Supporters from New York City

The film projectionists union, IATSE Local 169 picketed the Alameda Theatre again today, this time drawing supporters from as far away as New York City. The union is asking theatre operator Alameda Entertainment Associates, run by Kyle Conner, to begin negotiations on a contract that would bring union members into the projection rooms. The City of [...]

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Mayor Johnson Bans Fun in City Parks

In a knee-jerk reaction to juveniles skateboarding in the new Civic Center Parking Structure, Alameda City Council has seen fit to prohibit bicycle riding in all city parks, recreation areas, structures and public property. To defend the new ordinance, Mayor Johnson said “In a park though, we don’t want them riding all the way through [...]

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North Park Street Residents – Watch for a New Parking Garage Coming Near You!

Alameda residents living in the north Park Street district would do well to pay close attention to a clause in the City of Alameda’s Strategies for North of Lincoln Strategic Plan. Although City Design Collective, the authors of the plan talk in the report about giving Park Street north of Lincoln a make-over and eliminating [...]

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Photos Show Parking Garage Much Higher Than Advertised

A photo survey by readers and submitted to Action Alameda News Blog shows that the Civic Center Parking Garage is much higher than the Twin Towers United Church, whereas during the planning for the garage, the City advertised that it would be no higher than the top of the towers of the church.

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