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Crews from Alten Construction company are currently at work on the site of the city’s new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Fire Station No. 3 near the intersection of Grand Street and Buena Vista Avenue.
According to the Public Works Department, environmental concerns delayed the project by four months, now estimated to be completed by October 2016. The council approved funding for the project in May. 

The Alameda Powerlifting team drove up north in October to the mountainous town of Portola, Calif., to compete at the second annual Plumes Thunder Powerlifting Classic promoted by the American Powerlifting Association.
The team represented itself in a big way. Many records were achieved as well as two best lifter awards. 
Kevin Costa broke the multiply 198-lb. open class state record with a 490-lb. bench press in a strong attempt at 500 lbs.

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.”

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.