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Part One
The real-estate acquisition and management firm Jamestown filed its development plan amendment with the city in May to redevelop South Shore Center. The use of the word “amendment” simply means that Jamestown is changing plans that it or its predecessors submitted earlier. 

Jamestown purchased the 47-acre open-air retail center from Portland, Ore.,-based Harsch Investment Properties in 2011. The shopping mall opened near the city’s south shore in 1958 as South Shore Center. Harsch had owned the property since 1979. 

An outpouring of support for local arts and artists took place in several venues last weekend

The weekend of Aug. 9 to 11 turned Alameda into an artist’s paradise. On Friday night, the weekend began with the usual burst of creativity that is the 2nd Friday Art Walk. Several new galleries of artwork opened, including the Island City-centered Plein Aire Paint Out Exhibit at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. (See related story on page 11.)

Today I notified Alameda City Manager Eric Levitt that I am withdrawing my request that the City reimburse legal fees I had incurred responding to allegations made by the former city manager. 

I do so in the spirit of allowing me and the City to fully focus on the teamwork necessary to addressing the tough issues of school safety/security, housing affordability, homelessness 
and vital services for all Island families.

I want to thank the community who have so vocally supported the City and my vision over the last several years.  

Last Thursday, Aug. 8, the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) held a ceremony celebrating the re-opening of the 100,000-square-foot Historic Alameda High School (HAHS), 2200 Central Ave., which is a registered Historical Landmark. The architects of the school’s restoration provided some historic background on the Island City’s most significant piece of school architecture and the project to restore it. 

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft recently joined 166 Mayors (and counting) from across the country in signing a letter to senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, urging them to immediately call the Senate back to Washington, D.C., to take action on bipartisan gun safety legislation. 

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