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The Alameda Health System (AHS) board of directors asked Alameda County supervisors at a meeting last month if it can restructure its debt payments to the county as a result of serious financial problems the group is facing.

The conglomerate currently owes the county $198.7 million. It wants to change the debt payment to pay off some of the system’s increasing bills. The proposed restructure would delay the end date of payments by 20 years.

As I was driving around Alameda Point last Saturday, I came upon Alameda Point Collaborative’s (APC) farm. The gate was wide open and work was going on. I decided to check it out.

I met three volunteers from the Junior League busily transporting mulch chips from a pile at the gate to a crop row. A few dozen yards away, farm supervisor Evan Krokowski was running a rototiller down crop rows where harvesting was complete. Workers were tidying up the greenhouse as they carried sprouted plants inside.

Harbor seals have been coming to Alameda Point to find food and a suitable breeding habitat and resting area in recent years, taking up residence at a site adjacent to Enterprise Park and the Bay Trail. Rather than encouraging their homestead, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) wants to kick them out. It will be a permanent loss for the seals and a lost asset for the community and visitors to enjoy.

Oak Street, Mapes Ranch, Alameda Point properties move toward new uses

The Alamedan

This week’s update has details on plans for shops and townhomes in an old Oak Street warehouse, a planning extension for Mapes Ranch and the latest news about Alameda Point.

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The mother of a man shot and killed by an off-duty Alameda County deputy while allegedly robbing a convenient store in Alameda filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county last Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Alberta Williams wrote in her suit, filed with the Alameda County Superior Court, her son Laroy Brown, who was 42 at the time of his death, "did not deserve to be killed based on the circumstances."

Williams is seeking $500,000 in damages from the county and sheriff’s department, according the suit, although Williams wrote in court papers that her "pain can’t be itemized."