Feature Articles


You’re spending about $1,000 a year on your dog. Surprised? 

It might be less than that if you don’t pay for grooming. It might be more if you buy premium food or your pet needs surgery. The annual cost of keeping a cat is less -- but cats live longer, so they cost more than dogs in the long run.

The Old Testament prescribes specific punishment for malfeasance:  an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.  Following that principle, a Biblical patriarch would inflict traffic trauma on the person responsible for the God-forsaken traffic signals at the train tracks on Fruitvale Avenue near the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland.


According to the city of Alameda Housing Authority’s website (alamedarentprogram.org), as of March 30, landlords are required to notify tenants of four items as defined in Section 6-58.20 of the city’s new Ordinance 3148. 

• Written notice that the rental unit is subject to the ordinance
• A copy of the ordinance
• A copy of the current city regulations relating to the ordinance
• A copy of the current information brochures on the ordinance. 


Bay Farm Middle School students will be showcasing their projects for the National History Day nationwide competition at the Alameda Main Library from Saturday, April 30, to Saturday, May 28, during normal business hours. An opening reception is set for Wednesday, May 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. This year’s topic is “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.”


California home sales rose from both the previous month and year to post the highest sales pace in six months, while strained housing supplies continued to push home prices higher, the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) is reporting. The median price of an existing, single-family detached California home rose 8.9 percent in March, reversing a two-month decline, to $483,280 from $443,950 in February.