Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Oakland Council: Not So Fast on Tagami

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 11:21 AM

An Oakland City Council committee put the brakes on a plan to anoint Phil Tagami as the master developer of the former Oakland Army Base. According to the Trib, the four-member committee voted 2-1-1 to select a group led by Tagami to develop the base, falling one vote short of what was needed to send the issue to the full council. The vote also means that the city won't select a master developer for the base until after the council's August recess.

Councilmembers Ignacio De La Fuente and Pat Kernighan voted for Tagami - a well-connected Oakland developer and former port and planning commission member. But Councilman Larry Reid voted against. Reid backs a second group led by another influential local developer, Michael Johnson. Council President Jane Brunner abstained, saying she wanted more information on the proposals submitted by the two groups before making a decision. The group led by Tagami was chosen by a city panel and was endorsed by Mayor Ron Dellums' staff.

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