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Right now, an average of 122,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, according to the National Kidney Foundation. A little more than 100,000 of those people are waiting for a kidney. The median wait time to receive a kidney is more than three and a half years. Most people do not survive that wait. In fact, 13 people die each day while waiting for a kidney transplant.

Alameda voters will very likely see a measure on their Nov. 2 ballot that will ask them to appeal the 1973 Measure A. This measure became part of the City Charter as Article 26. Section 26-1 plainly and simply forbids the construction of any multiple dwellings on the Island City and 26-2 made exceptions for replacing low-cost housing and the construction of a proposed senior center. 

Voters passed another Measure A in 1991. This added Section 26-3 that limited residential density to one housing unit per 2,000 square feet of land. 

A woman was killed after being struck by a vehicle Friday, Jan. 31, at the intersection of Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway and Coral Sea Street.

Alameda police officers were dispatched to the scene around 1:57 p.m., according to Alameda Police Department (APD) reports. “Upon arrival it was determined that an adult male driver was traveling west on Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway,” said APD Lt. Hoshmand Durani. “As the driver approached Coral Sea Street, he veered to the right and left the roadway.” 

The Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) filed design-review plans for housing at its McKay Avenue wellness center with the city on Jan. 20. According to the plans, APC will be working with San Francisco’s Mercy Housing as its development partner. Berkeley’s Lifelong Medical Care will operate the center. If the city approves the plans, APC will build 98 studio apartments and an apartment for the site manager. The city has not yet placed APC’s design review for this housing on the Planning Board’s agenda.

The 2020 Alameda Spelling Bee was held last Saturday at Otis Elementary School. Roughly 45 students from more than a dozen schools participated in the competition, which included a written test followed by an oral spelling competition.