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Alameda residents on Garfield Avenue made a statement on July 27, calling on motorists, city officials and the Alameda Police Department (APD) to take steps to curb speeding drivers and the area’s all-too-frequent stop-sign runners.

City Workers recently removed the sign that had defined Jackson Park. In 1895, the city opened “Alameda Park” on property that once belonged to local railroad baron A. A. Cohen. In 1909, the city renamed the park for President Andrew Jackson. The city’s Recreation and Parks Commission voted to rename the park. A new name has not yet been chosen.

Alameda’s COVID-19 testing site has been plagued with temporary shutdowns and confusion since it began operating Wednesday, July 22.

United States Coast Guard Rear Adm. Brian K. Penoyer joined Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan and Rear Adm. Peter W. Gautier in a properly distanced salute on Coast Guard Island on Thursday, July 23, during a change-of-command ceremony. Fagan presided over the ceremony that marked Penoyer replacing Gautier as commander of the Eleventh Coast Guard District.

An Alameda County Court judge issued an arrest warrant for a former priest at St. Joseph Basilica after he failed to appear for his arraignment on July 20.

Varghese Alengadan, 67, was charged on July 15 with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery for allegedly inappropriately touching an adult woman on July 24, 2019, according to court documents. His arraignment was scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland before Judge Colin Bowen, but Alengadan, known as “Father George,” never appeared. Bowen issued the warrant soon after.

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