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Public Art Commission Special Meeting Tonight 
A special meeting of the Public Art Commission has been set for today, Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m., in Council Chambers, City Hall, third floor, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 
Agenda items include: 


As of Tuesday all three candidates for mayor had been qualified and the nomination period closed. Alamedans will select among Trish Spencer, Frank Matarrese and Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft for their next mayor. 

The field for councilmember at large now includes latest addition George Mun Leung. Candidates John Knox-White, Tony Daysog, Jim Oddie and Stewart Chen had their candidacies qualified as of Tuesday, while Leung, Amos White, Robert Matz, Robbie Wilson and Robert Hayes had pulled papers but not filed them yet.

Business property owners can receive financial help

Local business and property owners can take advantage of a City of Alameda economic development program to spruce up their storefronts and improve the appearance of the city’s retail districts. 

Under the Façade Grant Program, business and property owners may be eligible for matching grants for exterior painting, new awnings and signs, and other façade improvements. Grant amounts range from $500 to $15,000, depending on the type of work proposed. 

Alameda Fire Department’s Senior Safety and Accessibility program provides much-needed services to low-to-moderate income residents older than 62 and to the disabled of any age. The program provides and installs the newly required 10-year-maintenance-free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

The program can also provide and install grab bars, handrails and raised toilets. Safety items including nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks are also available. AFD recently expanded the program to include small ramps.

A new event designed for sixth and seventh graders, the Alameda Island Cotillion, will begin taking registrations Thursday, Aug. 30, at 9 a.m. Alameda Island Cotillion is a series of dance classes offered to students in both Alameda and surrounding communities. The purpose is to provide a fun, community event bringing together young men and women from various middle schools to learn dance basics and social etiquette in a party atmosphere.