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The lease for the Water Emergency Transport Authority (WETA) ferry maintenance comes before the City Council on March 3. Readers have expressed concerns about the harbor seal haul-out currently at the site of the facility. Despite lobbying and verbal assurance from WETA that it will build a new harbor seal haul-out, no written memorandum of understanding on the harbor seals exists for the City Council to consider. The lengthy lease agreement does not even mention the seals. 

City Manager John Russo is leaving Alameda for Riverside, an official with that city confirmed Thursday. 

Russo has been Alameda's top administrator since 2011.

Russo, a former Oakland City Council member who served as Oakland's city attorney for 11 years before coming to the Island, bested 40 other applicants, including five other finalists, for the job. He's expected to start work there on May 4.

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Left to right, Alameda’s best spellers: Hazel Purins, first place, fifth grade, Otis Elementary; Dylan McGrew, fifth place, sixth grade, Academy of Alameda; Ella Banchieri, fourth place, fourth grade, Edison Elementary; Liam Hofmann, third place, fifth grade, Earhart Elementary; Brenden Dalipe, second place, fifth grade, Bay Farm Elementary and alternate Lavanya Kumar, sixth grade, Wood Middle.

Sun newspaper foots bill for six spellers’ entry fees

One woman’s dream is becoming reality. Jean Sweeney — "The Little Engine that Could," a fellow journalist called her — is no doubt smiling to see that dream take shape. The city announced last week that Tim Lewis Communities (TLC) would be giving the city $2 million to help develop Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.

Executives from Wrightspeed joined officials from the city in front of Building 41 at Alameda Point to announce the company’s plans to move to Alameda.

Cutting-edge Wrightspeed will occupy Building 41

On Jan. 20 the city announced that Wrightspeed founder Ian Wright has inked a deal to move his company to Alameda Point. The company will lease Building 41, a 110,000-square-foot hangar built in 1945 to accommodate Navy seaplanes that taxied ashore using the adjacent lagoon. Wright’s move will almost quadruple his current 30,000-square-foot workspace in San Jose.

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