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Laterals are pipes that connect a building’s plumbing to a sanitary sewer line. All too often these laterals crack or develop leaks.

Cracked laterals allow rainwater and groundwater to infiltrate the sewer system. Excess water in the system can overwhelm wastewater treatment facilities. This causes untreated or partially treated sewage to be released into San Francisco Bay.

Property owners, not the city, are responsible for maintaining these laterals. Beginning today the East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) will be making certain that property owners do just that.

Marie Gilmore, Lena Tam and Stewart Chen stepped off the political stage on Tuesday, Dec. 16, but not before the former mayor and former councilmembers cast their votes from the City Hall dais, giving their stamps of approval to Tim Lewis Communities’ (TLC) Del Monte Warehouse project.

The vote came at a specially scheduled meeting before Mayor Trish Spencer, Vice-Mayor Frank Matarrese and City Councilman Jim Oddie took their seats.

Joi Lin Blake

The Peralta Community College District board of trustees has appointed Dr. Joi Lin Blake as the next president of the College of Alameda.

Blake is currently the vice president of student services at Skyline College in San Bruno. She will start her job as college president on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Blake has a Bachelor of Arts degree in health science from San Francisco State University. She also holds a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in education from San Diego State University.

Representatives from Friends of Crown Beach prepare to turn in 6,347 signatures at Alameda City Hall.

January

Friends of Crown Beach (FOCB) fired the first salvo in the fight to stop Tim Lewis Communities (TLC) from building homes at Crown Beach. FOCB hosted a meeting on Jan. 15 to kick off the campaign to add a proposed measure to the November ballot to make Neptune Point open space. In 2011, the General Services Administration hosted an auction and Roseville, Calif.-based developer TLC purchased the property for $3.085 million.

Stephen Petersen plays his guitar on the shoreline of the Oakland Estuary. He will host a benefit concert for the Sept. 28 fire victims tomorrow at Rooster’s Roadhouse.

Officers from Alameda Police Department (APD) arrested Stephen Petersen, 27, on Sept. 28. They suspected him of setting a string of arson fires. Evidence led the Alameda County District Attorney’s office to later dismiss all charges against Petersen, but not until he spent more than two weeks locked up at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

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