Alameda’s development-watchers have a new tool to help them keep track of development proposals and construction projects on the Island.

The city has partnered with San Francisco-based app developer BuildingEye to create an interactive map that will make it easier to find planning, building and code enforcement data the city had previously offered in database form.

As part of our ongoing voter education efforts, The Alamedan has consolidated candidates' answers to our questionnaires into a trio of handy cheat sheets, which are attached at the bottom of this post. The spreadsheets offer a brief side-by-side comparison of City Council, Board of Education and Alameda Health Care District Board candidates' views on the major issues they'll be dealing with if elected.

City Council candidate cheat sheet

Michele Ellson

Board of Education candidate cheat sheet

Michele Ellson

Alameda Health Care District Board candidate cheat sheet

Michele Ellson

Alameda schools officials have offered a fresh accounting of the district’s Measure A spending, releasing a list of purchase orders and another detailing staff-related spending of parcel tax dollars in response to a public records request from The Alamedan.

The district released an eight-page list of payments to vendors offering a variety of supplies and services, along with a 19-page list detailing salary and benefit payments to teachers and other staff covered under the measure. The release concludes with a two-page “roll-up” document summarizing the spending detailed in the two lists.