News Briefs

To help Alamedans prepare for upcoming storms, Public Works has opened a sandbag station on Alameda Point at Lexington Street and West Tower Avenue. The station will be open from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday until Dec. 15. 

If you are not able to pick up sandbags when the station is open, call Public Works at 747-7900 to receive instructions for a self-serve area. Please note that the sandbag station is closed during storms, as staff are occupied with storm-related service requests.  

LimeBike, Alameda’s new bikesharing program that allows the public to easily access a well maintained bicycle reports more than 10,000 rides have been taken in the program’s first 30 days. Since its launch on Oct. 5, in a six-month pilot program, LimeBike has been compiling data on its users and will provide monthly reporting to the city. In addition to the total rides
taken, Limebike reports over the last 30 days:

Tuesday, Dec. 5

  • 7 p.m. City Council. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.  

Wednesday, Dec. 6

  • 5:30 p.m. Library Teen Advisory Board. Stafford Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.   

Thursday, Dec. 7

  • 7 p.m. Historical Advisory Board. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.



The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead has been chosen as the City of Alameda’s initial selection for the launch of ReadAlameda, an annual Island-wide book club. Alameda residents voted and choose The Underground Railroad to be the inaugural title. The book was published in 2016 and received broad praise, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. Whitehead’s book is also a New York Times Bestseller and an Oprah’s Book Club selection. 

Property owners of rental units in the City of Alameda are now required to pay a Rent Program Fee. On June 6 the City Council adopted a resolution that sets the fee at $120 for each rental unit that was rented or available to rent as of July 1, 2017. 

Landlords will begin receiving a registration form and invoice from the city this week. The fee will cover the period from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. Registration forms and payments must be returned no later than Jan. 1, 2018.