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Assemblyman files Form 700 with list of ‘gifts’ received

Assemblyman Rob Bonta recently filed his statement of economic interest, called a Form 700, as required by the California Fair Practices Commission. On March 4, the state of California released the details of this statement and those filed by other elected officials and those with possible conflicts of interest.

In 1973 the city amended its charter to prevent multiple dwelling units from being built in the city. In many cases these units replaced the Island’s Victorian-era homes. In 1991 the amendment, popularly known as "Measure A," was amended to define the maximum density as one housing unit per 2,000 square feet of land.

Over time developers have asked for so many waivers so as not to comply with "Measure A" that the City Council considered putting a moratorium on granting these exemptions. At its last meeting, however, councilmembers decided not to move forward with this idea.

City Council members have asked Assistant City Manager Liz Warmerdam to serve as Alameda’s interim city manager when the city’s current manager, John Russo, leaves on May 1.

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The Alameda Community Band will present its Winter Concert Tuesday, March 17, featuring the "Poet and Peasant Overture" of Von Suppe, as well as special tributes to Hoagy Carmicheal and Henry Mancini. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave.

The local concert band comprised of more than 20 musicians will also feature Bay Area saxophonist, Bill Aron, performing the "Glazonov Saxophone Concerto."

City names new finance director

City Manager John Russo announced the appointment of Elena Adair as the city’s new finance director, Adair will assume the responsibility for direction of the city’s finance department and the development of the city’s $270 million budget.

She will oversee the finance department administration, accounting services, accounts payable, revenue, business license and payroll and a total of 10 employees.