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Friends of Crown Beach (FCB), a group that opposes the plan to transfer land from Crab Cove to a private developer, filed a petition with the Alameda city clerk’s office Monday, Feb. 10.

The petition is classified as a "notice of intent to circulate petition." It reads, "Notice is hereby given by the persons whose names appear hereon of their intention to circulate the petition within the City of Alameda for the purpose of amending the zoning of the surplus federal property adjacent to Crab Cove." The group is trying to block the city from rezoning the land to residential.

Last Thursday, convicted bank robber Amanuel Moreno, 21, stood before U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in a federal courtroom in Oakland. He listened as Rogers sentenced him to five years and 10 months in federal prison. One of the charges that led to the sentence stemmed from Moreno’s failed robbery attempt at the Chase Bank at South Shore Center on Dec. 6, 2012. All told, Moreno’s charges included five bank robberies and two attempted bank robberies.

The City of Alameda invites community members to a public forum to discuss and receive community input regarding new performance measures that will help track whether or not city hall is achieving the results it wants, and whether the city uses its resources efficiently.

The forum will be presented three times in three locations to offer ample opportunity for interested people to attend:

 Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Leydecker Park-Recreation Center, 3225 Mecartney Road.

For recovering narcissists like me, Valentine’s Day can be a rather melancholy occasion of introspection, rather than a celebration of shared love and affection.

My question is: if I’m as talented, witty, creative, interesting and fabulous as I think I am- then why am I no one’s Valentine? Is my innate wonderfulness simply too intimidating for others to comfortably process? Am I just too gnarly to handle? The answer eludes my superior intellect.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Ben Cable married his partner of 23 years, Marcial McCarthy Bolina. The couple exchanged vows in a small private ceremony at City Hall. Katherine J. Sirota officiated.

Cable and Bolina were the first couple to challenge California’s ban on same-sex marriage. When the Los Angeles County Clerk denied them a marriage license in February 1993, they filed suit with the Second District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles.