Alameda News

Power Box Art, a partnership of Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), the Park Street Business Association and Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) will celebrate the unveiling of Alameda’s newest public art on AMP’s power boxes around town. The reception to honor the power box artists and sponsors begins at 6 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 12, at RCW, 2513 Blanding Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

A view from the second story balcony inside Capone’s shows the former bank vault behind the bar at right. The building once housed the First National Bank of Alameda.

Owner drawn up on charges as ‘mega-bar’ held grand opening that included owner fighting with police officers

The grand opening of Capone’s Speakeasy featured everything from cocktails, 1920s-style décor, a DJ and the arrest of the bar’s owner.

Described as a "man of the people," and a "man of great integrity" Hadi Monsef passed away last Thursday.

Hadi was appointed to the City Council on May 17, 1983, to fill the vacancy left by Anne Diament when she was elected mayor. Alameda voters elected Hadi to the City Council in his own right in 1985 and he served as vice mayor from May 21, 1985 to May 19, 1987. He continued serving on the council until April 18, 1989.

Just in time for school, a worker stands beside a traffic-calming island on Grand Street near Wood Middle School. The island is the finishing touch on a project initiated by parents at Franklin Elementary School and includes other traffic-calming measures complete with native plants. New redwood trees in Ritter Park are also part of the project.

An Alameda man was sentenced to 32 years to life in state prison last Friday, Aug. 15, for masterminding a marijuana robbery plot that turned fatal in 2011.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Rolefson sentenced Chistopher Donaldson Jr., 22, of Alameda, to the prison term for his role in the death of Oakland native William Adrian Falcon Sapp in April 2011.

Rolefson said his prison sentencing was justified because Donaldson "masterminded it (the robbery plan), he orchestrated it and he saw that it was carried out."

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