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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Skinny: Alameda City Council Meeting, Jan. 7, 2014

Alameda City Council Preview
2263 Santa Clara Avenue
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, 7 p.m.
[FULL AGENDA HERE]
Twitter hashtag: #alamtg

>>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARD
ALAMEDA LANDING SPECIAL TAX (Item 6B) On Dec. 3, the council move forward in support of special public improvement tax for the burgeoning Alameda Landing residential community near the Webster Tube. The city would float $20 million in bonds to be repaid by the special tax levied only on market-rate residential homes within the new district and not affordable housing. Furthermore, taxes for affordable to moderate income units will receive reduced rates, according to a staff report.

WHAT IT MEANS Someone has to pay for the new infrastructure at Alameda Landing and the price tag may seemed high to some. The bill for building sewers, sidewalks and roads, among other accoutrements, may cost current and future homeowners in the area $5,700 in additional taxes. Two-third of property owners within the community facilities district boundary is needed for passage.

>>> OTHER AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
BE AWARE Alameda has around $1 million in Community Development and Block Grant funds coming and it needs a plan for where to park them (Item 6A).

>>> POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE
The recently departed general manager for Alameda Municipal Power, receives a proclamation declaring today “Girish Balachandran Day” in Alameda. Balachandran resigned last month for a similar position in Riverside.

>>> LAST TIME OUT
Dec. 17, city staff reported sales tax receipts during the second quarter of 2013 were up nearly five percent. >>> SEE IT FOR YOURSELF

NOW YOU CAN’T SAY YOU DIDN’T KNOW

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