News Briefs


Local attorney and mediator Jeff Cambra has offered a free seminar on Alameda Rent Stablization and Eviction Control. Cambra will present an overview of laws in the City of Alameda covering notices, rent increases, evictions and the rent review process. The seminar will take place at Mastick Senior Center Thursday, Aug. 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. For more information or to register, call 747-7506.



The City of Alameda’s annual street repair and resurfacing project has begun and is estimated to be completed by late December. Work hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Repairs will take place in several phases, and not all on the same day. 


In support of the Alameda Education Foundation’s Backpack Drive for 820 homeless, formerly homeless and low-income students in Alameda, the Alameda Police Department (APD) will be hosting its first-ever “Cram a Cruiser’ weekend.

Marked patrol vehicles will be parked in front of OfficeMax at South Shore on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4, and 5. The public is invited to stuff the police cars with school supply donations. After the school supply drive, all donations will be sorted into backpacks and given to as many students as possible.


Recently, the City of Alameda became aware of a misleading advertisement mailed by “” to some Alameda residents. The mailer references a new program for home improvements, including solar, heating, air conditioning, roofing, windows and more.

The city has advised residents that the mailer was not sent, approved or sponsored by the city. The city also did not authorize the use of its name in the mailer or any others like it. Accordingly, the city is concerned that this misleading advertisement may target vulnerable members of the community.


The Alameda Housing Authority (AHA) is holding its annual book drive to benefit low-income children. AHA is collecting new and used books for the Children of the World Reading Room at its Esperanza property. 

Research shows that learning begins well before a child enters kindergarten. Children, even infants, soak up words, rhymes, songs and images — all important to developing vocabulary, memory and communication skills.