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City council agenda challenge.

Re:  Sunshine Ordinance

What does this March 5 city council agenda item mean?

"Recommendation to: (1) Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Letter of Support to the United States Navy for Modification to the Surplus Determination of Land at the Former Naval Air Station Alameda; (2) Approve a Non-Binding Term Sheet between the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the City of Alameda in Substantial Conformance with the Proposed Term Sheet. (Base Reuse 819099)"

Study questions for this open book challenge:

  • How much “Determination of Land” has to occur before there is a surplus?
  • Why does the Navy want to modify the amount of surplus?
  • Is the "letter of support" a legal document, or will a Hallmark card do?  Is it binding or non-binding?
  • Why does the “Proposed Term Sheet” with the VA need a “Non-binding Term Sheet” for the binding term sheet?  What’s between the sheets?
  • Will the VA term sheet become binding without a letter of support to the Navy from the city manager?
  • What does "Substantial Conformance" mean?  


Research materials are found under item 6-B here.

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Jon Spangler February 25, 2013 at 03:25 AM
I love the humor in Richard's piece but there are serious questions to be answered: 1. Why is the City Council being asked to approve significant Alameda Point policy changes before the city's ownEOR for Alameda Point has been fully scoped and is not even underway yet? The federal Environmental Assessment documents--only available to the public as of today, 2/22/2013--are available here: http://www.northerncalifornia.va.gov/planning/Alameda/ http://www.bracpmo.navy.mil/ The individual sections of the lengthy DRAFT Environmental Assessment are here: http://www.northerncalifornia.va.gov/planning/Alameda/ea-toc.asp 2. Why is the City Council being asked to approve these base transfer changes before the VA and the US Navy have finished their own federal Environmental Assessment for AP? (Go to: http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/City-Hall/Alameda-Point-Going-Forward Scroll down to Environmental Information and click on "Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report for the Alameda Point Project" See how simple it is to stay fully informed about Alameda Point? My "point" precisely....


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