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The City Council is scheduled to consider the Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance at its Feb. 16 meeting. If passed, the ordinance would require landlords to offer one-time, one-year leases to prospective or in-place tenants. The new ordinance would not allow landlords to increase rents more than once in a 12-month period. 

The second annual Alameda Spelling Bee took place last Saturday at Otis Elementary School. Liam Foster, a ninth-grader at Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), was named the top speller on the Island. This year’s bee was open to students in both elementary and middle schools. Foster was also named the top middle-school-age speller.

Hazel Purins, last year’s top speller, a sixth-grader at Lincoln Middle School (LMS), came in second place overall, and was the top elementary school-age speller. (The county bee categorizes up to sixth-graders in the elementary school division.) 

Above, Jesse and Olivia Aney of Alameda dance together at the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department’s (ARPD) annual Father-Daughter Dance Party, held last Friday for the 15th year. The event, put on in association with Girls Inc. of the Island City, gives girls and their favorite male role model a chance to dance, create arts and crafts, enjoy refreshments and other fun together. The dance, held on the weekend prior to Valentine’s Day, is extremely popular and often sells out well in advance. This year was no exception.

Disability commissioner, school board pres. remembered 

The 1300 block of Park Street features a new public bench styled to make rising from it easier for seniors and people with disabilities. The bench was dedicated with a plaque honoring longtime community member Nielsen Tam. 

Tam served on the Alameda Unified School District board from 2008 until his death and as its president from 2013. He also sat on the city’s Commission for Disability Issues. He passed in May 2015. 

At a screening of the documentary film Shallow Waters, The Public Death of Raymond Zack, last Sunday, Alamedans struggled with the import of a particularly unfortunate turn of events that resulted in the death of Alameda resident Raymond Zack in 2010. 

Zack succumbed to hypothermia after several hours in the bay waters off Shore Line Drive near Willow Street. First responders, limited by budget and training restrictions, damaged water-rescue equipment and convoluted communications did not act to bring Zack back to shore in time to save him.