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With more available homes for sale, California’s housing market will see fewer investors and a return to traditional home buyers as home sales rise modestly and prices flatten out in 2015.

This according to the California Association of Realtors’ (C.A.R.) recently released 2015 California Housing Market Forecast.

Community Meetings Set

The East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) has announced special meetings regarding the district’s response to the ongoing drought. The public is invited to these special meetings to hear the latest from EBMUD’s Board of Directors on:

 The status of current and projected water supplies;

 The cost of the drought and potential drought rates; and

 The best water-saving tips from conservation professionals.

Beth and Arlette enjoyed their visit to last year’s Halloween Carnival at First Congregational Church.


First Congregational Church Alameda will open its doors to the community on Saturday, Oct. 25, beginning at 3:30 p.m. for an afternoon and evening of hometown Halloween fun for all ages.

Park and Webster streets saw the installation of 40 "smart" parking meters Oct. 6. The Public Works Department installed the meters that feature large digital displays and accept credit cards in addition to coins. If the pilot is successful, the city will consider replacing all 822 meters currently in the city with these "smart" meters.

The three-month pilot has broad support from both the Park Street Business Association (PSBA) and West Alameda Business Association (WABA).

Elders Village will present the free seminar "Safe and Efficient Transit Travel Options for Seniors" Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.

The seminar features Robert Raburn, Ph.D, who currently sits on the BART board of directors. Raburn will explain the Senior Clipper Card transit discount, including how to use the card to make traveling on most Bay Area transit systems more convenient, safer, and economical. He will review paratransit services and reveal some of the great destinations reachable by local transit.