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Alameda County has extended the High Street Bridge closure hours until 8:30 p.m. to enable timely completion of bridge repairs. The bridge will close to all vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic Friday, Nov. 20 and Monday to Wednesday Nov. 23 to 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will also be some limitations to marine traffic.  The US Coast Guard will communicate this information in its weekly “Coast Guard Local Notices to Mariners.”

Alamedans remembered and thanked their veterans, both living and dead  last Wednesday as the nation celebrated Veterans Day.
Activiites about the aircraft carrier USS Hornet hosted its annual remembrance with a wreath tossing ceremony (above left) with Bill Fee piping and saluting, right, and Eldon Brodie and Lashon Lang doing the honors with the wreath. 
Mayor Trish Spencer addressed those gathered at Veterans Memorial Hall, where veterans stood to be recognized by those in attendance (below). 

The city is soliciting applications from housing providers who would like to serve on the Rent Review Advisory Committee (RRAC). The appointee will serve a four-year term.
The RRAC was established to review complaints of rental increases, to hear from both landlords and tenants regarding the increases, and to make recommendations as to whether those rent increases should be imposed. The committee meets the first Monday of the month as needed.

The city of Alameda launched a new program recently that will make it easier for Alamedans to report quality-of-life issues and request city services.
Using an online and mobile place-based tool called SeeClickFix, residents can document neighborhood concerns ranging from litter, illegal dumping and graffiti to damaged sidewalks, potholes, malfunctioning traffic signals and more. 

The Knowland family have roots in Alameda that can be traced to 1872. The family patriarch, Joseph Knowland, was born on Oct. 8, 1833, in New York City. He grew up in Southampton on Long Island, where he was orphaned as a young child. When he finished his education he went to work on a Long Island farm.