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On May 15, the day after Bike to Work Day, Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer met with Copenhagen’s Environmental and Technical Affairs Mayor Morten Kabell to discuss his Danish city’s efforts to create safe roads for all users. The event, organized by Bike Walk Alameda, gave Spencer, city staff and members of the community the opportunity to speak with Kabell about the successes and challenges of creating safer streets for all roadway users. Kabell said that 45 percent of all Copenhageners commute to work or school by bicycle.

Station No. 3 will be rebuilt at Grand, Buena Vista

City Council members have signed off on an $8 million contract to build a replacement for a new mid-Island fire station and a new emergency operations center.

The approval, on a 4-1 vote, followed a wide-ranging discussion about what the city should be doing to better prepare for a disaster. Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese cast the lone dissenting vote. Richmond-based Alten Construction was the winning bidder.

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An Alameda man was detained for psychiatric evaluation after a standoff with Alameda police that lasted several hours and led to home evacuations Sunday, May 17.

Alameda police officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Park Avenue after the detainee’s family members called police because the man appeared distraught. According to a police report, family members believed the resident had consumed several prescription pills after getting into an argument with an unknown person. He later locked himself in his truck, which was parked in the driveway on the side of the residence.

New facility opens on West End’s northern waterfront

Patrons seated themselves under a canopy between rows of crops at Alameda Point Collaborative’s (APC) farm to celebrate the fifth annual "Urban Farm Table" fundraising luncheon on Sunday, May 17. A guitar and stringed bass duo provided musical ambience from within a nearby thicket of blossoming passion fruit vines. Bees went about their business from teeming beehives clinging to the branches of a fruit tree in the farm orchard. It was an earthy affair.