Spread out over the Island this past weekend both well-established and brand-new events were held. Besides the well known Park Street Art & Wine Faire and Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Pancake Breakfast, the new Stargell Plaza was dedicated on the West End, and the Bay Area Radio Museum hosted Radio Day.
Pres. Barack Obama’s 2016 budget proposal includes $70 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic and columbarium at Alameda Point. If approved by Congress, the money would go toward site work, utilities, geotechnical work, and wetlands mitigation. But the VA is facing a backlash in Congress over an astronomical cost overrun of nearly $1 billion at its new hospital facility being built in Aurora, Colo., near Denver. Whether this will affect Alameda Point is yet to be seen.
At its July 21 meeting the City Council introduced a pair of rent-related ordinances. The first involved giving some teeth to the city’s Rent Review Advisory Committee, while the second concerned the review of rent increases.
Renting is a convenient and affordable option for residents who do not wish to purchase their own property. Renters pay a fixed monthly amount to property owners rather than hundreds of thousands for their own property. Because of this, many Alamedans choose to rent instead of buy.
An Oakland native was found guilty of six charges including first-degree murder last Friday, July 17, at the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland, for the shooting of an Alameda man at a Walmart in Oakland.