Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson, who had been an outspoken supporter of a ballot initiative by developer SunCal for a massive housing project on Alameda Point, now opposes it, according to local journalist Michele Ellson. Johnson said in a press release late yesterday that although she still supports SunCal's housing plan, she thinks the ballot initiative "will have devastating financial impacts on the city." As the Express reported earlier this year, top city staffers also object to the initiative because they say it will short-circuit Alameda's ability to negotiate the best deal it can with SunCal.
And now that Johnson, who had been the public face of SunCal's ballot measure, has done an about-face, it represents another serious blow to the Orange County developer's plans. That's especially true after the Alameda Chamber of Commerce came out recently against the initiative as well.