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Police arrested Alameda resident Tony Hoang, 22, and two other men on June 4 after a SWAT team raided a 44,000 square-foot warehouse on the 3100 block of Diablo Ave. in Hayward. Narcotics investigators served a search warrant and discovered some 13,000 marijuana plants in all stages of maturity. Hayward police said the marijuana that they discovered would sell for about $15 million on the street.

With rents rising and vacancies rare here in Alameda and across the Bay Area, it’s perhaps no surprise that rent control has become one of the hottest topics on the Island. It’s also one of the most emotional, pitting renters and housing advocates who say housing is a basic human right against property owners who feel controls would take their own rights away.

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Google subsidiary launches experiment at old Navy base

Local residents noticed Google’s Makani Power rolled out its latest project at Alameda Point last Thursday. The company hopes to harness wind power from the jet stream using "energy kites." Makani explains on its website that an energy kite is a new type of wind turbine that can access stronger and steadier winds at higher altitudes. This helps to generate more energy using less material.

The system Makani is pioneering has four components.

A report that someone with a weapon was in the neighborhood of Encinal High School caused the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) to place the school on lockdown at 11: 45 a.m., Thursday, June 11. AUSD also contacted the Alameda Police Department (APD).
AUSD spokesperson Susan Davis said that as a precaution the district also locked down other West End schools, including the Woodstock Child Development Center, Paden and Ruby Bridges elementary schools and Island High School.
APD later reported that its officers made no arrests.

Staff at the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department had an unprecedented number of visitors to this year’s Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest held last Saturday (above). Among the 425 total people competing, 47 were sand castle architects and 55 were sand sculptors.

The Sand Castle Best of Show award went to Brent, Marcie, Elias, Sam, Maitren, Bode and Camela of Oakland. Sand Sculpture Best of Show award went to the Nguyen Family of San Jose for "Goldfish."