Voter's Edge California Voter Guide
Get the facts before you vote.
Brought to you by
League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Tuesday April 9, 2019 — Special Election
Invest in unbiased information

With your support, we can reach and inform more voters.

Donate now to spread the word.


City of Alameda
Measure A - Majority Approval Required

To learn more about measures, follow the links for each tab in this section. For most screenreaders, you can hit Return or Enter to enter a tab and read the content within.

Shall an ordinance [called the Caring Alameda Act] [be adopted] confirming the City Council’s actions to permit reuse of vacant federal buildings on a 3.65 - acre parcel on McKay Avenue and allow for the development of a wellness center for senior assisted living and supportive services for homeless individuals by changing the General Plan designation from “Federal Facilities” to “Office,” removing the Government Combining District classification and maintaining the existing zoning district designation?

What is this proposal?

Pros & Cons — Unbiased explanation with arguments for and against

Information provided by

The Situation

The Federal Government currently owns a 3.65-acre parcel on McKay Avenue with 11 buildings and security fencing. In April 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determined the Site to be suitable for use as a facility to assist the homeless under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act and selected Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) to develop the property for a Wellness Center. In September 2018 the federal government and APC entered a 3-year renewable lease in which the federal government will transfer property ownership to APC as soon as the City and APC complete the required paperwork. In December 2018, the Alameda City Council amended portions of the general plan and the zoning ordinance to allow the federal government to transfer the property. In November 2018, Measure B, an initiative to change the land use designation of the McKay property site to Open Space, qualified for the ballot.

The Proposal

Measure A, the Caring Alameda Act, was placed on the ballot by the Alameda City Council to support the designation of the property to allow for the development of the Wellness Center and to comply with its agreement with the federal government. The Wellness Center would serve as senior assisted living and supportive services for formerly homeless individuals. The Wellness Center is designed to serve 7-10 homeless/day, provide 90 units of permanent supported living, a 50 bed Medical Respite Program and a Health Clinic for the Center population. Almost 50% of the services are dedicated to Alameda residents. This estimate and figures below were provided by the Alameda Point Collaborative (*see disclaimer below)


                                                     Total Annual Clients   From Alameda     From Rest of County

Senior Housing                                          90                          12                          78

Respite (50 beds 2.5-3 month stay)           240                         24                         216

Resource Center                                       250                       250                            0

Total                                                        580                   286 (49%)              294 (51%)

Approval of The Caring Alameda Act would confirm the change in designation for the property to allow for the Wellness Center or any future use designated by the City Council.


*The Pros & Cons, produced by the LWV of Alameda, is a nonpartisan explanation of local propositions, with supporting and opposing arguments. The arguments come from many sources, and are not limited to those presented in the Official Voter Information Guide. The LWV of Alameda does not judge the merits of the arguments or guarantee their validity.

Supporters say

  • A Yes vote will confirm the City Council’s decision to make the site available for senior assisted living and supportive services for unsheltered individuals.
  • Treating homeless neighbors with a basic level of dignity and respect is an important community value. The Wellness Center is a positive, life-saving solution.
  • The Wellness Center will save City money by reducing the costs of emergency response and uncompensated medical care.
  • This Measure takes advantage of an opportunity to save money by using existing buildings on surplus government property and to leverage regional and private resources to develop and maintain the Center.

Opponents say

  • Measure A is an example of the City Council’s fiscal irresponsibility, poor urban planning and misrepresentation.
  • The Wellness Center is designed as a regional facility to serve homeless from other Bay Area cities. There is no priority to serve Alameda homeless seniors or veterans.
  • The facility will cost $40- 50 million to build with annual operations of $8.3 million and competes with other City funding priorities.
  • Should this regional homeless facility be located on an island with traffic gridlock?

Details — Official information

YES vote means

If Measure A receives more YES votes than Measure B, the City Council’s designation of the McKay Avenue property to allow for the development of a Wellness Center is upheld. More Yes votes would also allow the City Council to change the property designation in the future in response to changing conditions or concerns.

NO vote means

If Measure B receives more YES votes than Measure A, the land use designation is changed to Open Space but it would not cause the land to be transferred to the City, East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) or any other governmental entity for public use as a park; it would not clear and remediate the property; and it would not provide funding to build and maintain a park.

If Measure A and B both fail to attain a majority vote, the land use designation approved by City Council in December 2018 will remain in effect.

Financial effect

If Measure A is successful and the property is transferred to Alameda Point Collaborative for the Wellness Center no City of Alameda taxpayer dollars are required for its development. The City may choose to provide one-time subsidies in support of the services and on-going service costs (police, fire, EMS) in the amount of approximately $185,000 per year. Additionally, APC would contribute $19,000 annually to the City in various taxes and fees. If the federal government continues to own the property the City would incur service costs of $9,000/year (police, fire, emergency services). If the City purchases the land and builds a public park the capital costs for park are estimated at $11.7 million and annual general fund costs of $140,000 for maintenance. If Measure A is not successful, many grants already designated for a Wellness Center would be lost. Additionally, costs to taxpayers for the election are estimated at $580,000 - $700,000 rather than $25,000 if included in the November 2020 election.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

More information

Contact Info

Yes on Measure A
We Care Alameda
No on Measure A
Not available.
Use tabs to select your choice. Use return to create a choice. You can access your choices by navigating to 'My Choices'.

Please share this site to help others research their voting choices.