Alameda Sun: Council Sets Initiative Date


After listening to almost two hours of community input and advice from City Attorney Terri Highsmith and City Clerk Laura Weisiger, the city council voted to put the SunCal initiative on the Feb. 2, 2010 ballot.

Councilmen Frank Matarrese and Doug DeHaan joined Mayor Beverly Johnson in voting "yes." Citing the potential cost to the city, Councilwoman Lena Tam voted "no." She called paying for the election "fiscally irresponsible." Councilwoman Marie Gilmore agreed with Tam saying that the city could have found a creative, legal way to put the initiative on the ballot; she abstained from voting.