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Property owners in Alameda have already received a letter from the city inviting them to attend a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Renters in the Island City may not consider this meeting very “public,” however. The city has not included them in the discussions. The city is bypassing the renters by charging the property owners a fee, rather than a tax. 

The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) ran its eighth annual school supply drive, Equipped 4 Success, this summer. The school supply drive helped deliver 750 filled backpacks to AEF partner agencies for distribution to their students. 

With help from Alameda residents, AEF was also able to provide teachers and schools with $8,750 in additional backpacks and supplies for their classrooms and students. In all, the organization generated $46,150 in cash and in-kind donations this year to support low-income students and Alameda public schools.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 20, Alameda Police Department (APD)Property Crimes Unit investigators culminated a long arson investigation with the arrest of a suspect in the July 13 playground structure fire at Woodstock Park.

With the help of a school resource officer, the investigators arrested a juvenile male for starting the fire. This investigation began during the pre-dawn hours when patrol officers responded to the park and found the playground structure engulfed in flames. 

Landlord, city threaten elderly with evictions

Two Alameda residents — an 87-year-old man who survived Adolf Hitler’s Europe and a wheelchair-bound woman —are facing evictions from their homes. Margaret Tam, who owns The Dunes on Shore Line Drive, has informed Muslily Rishin that she no longer wants to accept his Section 8 rental voucher. She wants him to leave his home, so she can rent the two-bedroom apartment to someone else for more money. 

Repairs taking place at the Oakland Airport have caused an increase in traffic out of the North Field. Corporate jet traffic out of the North Field flies low and loud over the Bay Farm Island and Harbor Bay Isle communities.

A portion of Taxiway Bravo remains closed due to pavement work that may continue until Wednesday, Sept. 4. The North Field runways may be used for jet departures and arrivals while the pavement is being repaired. This may cause unusual aircraft noise.

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