News Briefs

Local business owners have a unique opportunity to receive funding from the City of Alameda if they apply now. The city will accept applications for the Facade Grant, a popular economic development program that helps local business and property owners spruce up their storefronts and improve the appearance of local retail districts. 

An Alameda woman pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter for her involvement in the 2017 murder of a Hayward man on Friday, Aug. 23. Valeria Boden’s plea is the result of her role in the murder of Daniel Deltoro (“Local Woman Arrested for Murder in Hayward” Aug. 24, 2017). Boden said she drove her ex-boyfriend Brandon Follings and Pablo Mendoza to the location where they shot and killed Deltoro in Hayward on July 19. 

The Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of spirited maker culture, showcasing local do-it-yourselfers, scientists, designers, tinkerers and artisans that will return to Alameda Sunday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Alameda Point (Saratoga Street and West Ranger Avenue) 

Attendees will experience interactive exhibits and be inspired by the creativity and innovation of the local maker community. Last year’s Faire attracted more than 65 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees, and this year’s Faire will have even more exhibits and attractions.

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) enacted a rate increase beginning July 1. The energy charge will increase slightly for all commercial customers — the average increase is approximately 1.8 to 2.5 percent.

Alameda’s small businesses, such as law offices and accountants’ offices, will see a $1 “customer charge” increase from $28 to $29.

This weekend thousands of people strolled Webster Street for the annual Island Jam. Scenes from street fair include: The dancing-room-only Tiki Bar Stage (above); Hey Jude wraps up a set of Beatles music on the Main Stage (center) and fair food including the ubiquitous corn dog made a 
festive appearance on Webster (bottom). 

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