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At its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Alameda City Council will consider a revised rent control ordinance that will include several new provisions. The proposed changes will: 

The City Council will consider revisions to the rent control ordinance at its Sept. 3 meeting, according to a press release from the city. It is the first council meeting after the August break.

The proposed revisions come after another example of the city’s housing crisis appeared in the London-based news publication The Guardian. Journalist Sam Levin profiled 87-year-old Musiy Rishin’s battle with his landlord who has been on a year-long mission to evict him. 

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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.  

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