The Island: UPDATED Attorney raises legal questions about Point plan


I spoke with Alan Yee, the attorney representing the Oakland Chinatown groups who filed the original suit. He said that city needs to do an environmental impact report before the measure goes on the ballot.

Yee also said the plan was supposed to be presented to a committee made up of the groups and representatives of Oakland and Alameda, but that it has not been. He said he’s been asking for a meeting with SunCal for more than six months, to no avail.

“Hopefully we will meet and confer and work some settlement out short of a lawsuit,” Yee said. (He said the letter will explain the legal issues in more detail.)

Highsmith said that the environmental report isn’t required prior to the measure hitting the ballot because the Point plan is a citizen’s initiative, and is not being placed on the ballot by the city.

She confirmed the initiative had not been submitted by SunCal to the committee.