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City Councilman Stewart Chen’s official biography offers the storybook journey of a man who emigrated from the Philippines as a teen and made his way onto the Alameda City Council, dedicating his time to a long list of Alameda and Oakland community organizations over more than a decade and, for a quarter century, to his work as a chiropractor.

An Alameda woman is facing 25 years to life after pleading no contest for the murder of a 44-year-old man on Feb. 14.

Victoria Martinez was to begin trial for the first-degree murder of Curtis Williams before she pled no contest last week. Williams was shot, bludgeoned and strangled by Martinez on July 4, 2012, in his recreational vehicle (RV) in Oakland’s Meadow Brook neighborhood.

Above, the Deanna Jo, Alameda Fire Department’s new fire boat, sends twin sprays of water into the Oakland Estuary. The 32-foot vessel has a pair of 300-horsepower engines and a pump with the ability to spray up to 2,000 gallons of water a minute; it can also supply water to fire engines waiting on the shore.

AFD christened the boat last week, naming it for retired AFD employee Deanna Johe. It is the final component of the department’s marine operations program.

Councilman Tony Daysog has announced he’s considering a run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives about to be vacated in Contra Costa County.

Daysog, a former city of Alameda vice mayor, looks to step in as veteran democratic Rep. George Miller retires after his term ends in January 2015. Daysog’s plans were announced in an email last Friday.

For his Eagle project Stewart organized volunteers to paint the doors and railings of the portable buildings at Alameda Community Learning Center’s (ACLC) campus, 400 Grand St.

To improve the look of the new campus and help establish it as ACLC’s new home, Stewart worked with student and faculty leaders to choose a paint color and define the scope of the project.

He signed up 75 volunteers and logged more than 350 hours of service.