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An Oakland man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last Tuesday, Oct. 15, for the fatal shooting of an Alameda resident five years ago.

Daquan Lane, 25, entered a guilty plea before Alameda County Superior Court Judge Allan Hymer for his role in the fatal shooting of Eric Lamont Franklin outside his residence on the 700 block of Eagle Avenue on Sept. 11, 2010. Police say Franklin was shot three times outside his apartment. He was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland where he was pronounced dead. He was 35 years old at the time of his death.

The city invites the public to visit the southwest shoreline of Alameda Point at 3:30 p.m., next Monday, Oct. 26. The area was an environmental cleanup area known as Site 2 and includes wetlands and a covered landfill.

The visit offers an opportunity to see first-hand a normally off-limits scenic part of Alameda Point on property that belongs to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Meet at City Hall West, 950 W. Mall Square at Alameda Point.

The city is not providing a bus. Transportation to the site is by carpooling only.

Zoning change not recommended

The City Council voted to affirm the existing commercial and recreational use zoning for the parcel that houses the current Harbor Bay Club (HBC) at the special council meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Ron Cowan and the Harbor Bay Isle Associates (HBIA) development company, wants to move HBC to North Loop Road in the Harbor Bay Business Park and build 80 homes on the current site. To do that the current zoning needs to be changed to residential use.

California has a new law that should help keep the Oakland Estuary clean. In 2013, the Oakland Police Department joined forces with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and assessed the need for cleanup of the Estuary.

CalRecycle determined the estuary and its shoreline were adversely impacted by an abundance of marine debris had adversely impacted the estuary and its Oakland and Alameda shorelines. This debris included more than 40 abandoned and sunken marine vessels — including two massive sunken tug boats.

The Alameda County Office of Education recently honored John Dalton, who teaches television media and digital filmmaking at Alameda High School (AHS). Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) named Dalton the district’s teacher of the year in May. In making the award, the district cited Dalton’s passion for teaching, his dedication to the craft of media production, as well as his support of career technical education.