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The American Lung Association (ALA) recently reported that its study, "California’s State of Tobacco Control," showed that five Bay Area cities have earned a grade of "A" for what ALA called "exceptional tobacco-control policies." Alameda was not among them.

The study, instead, relegated Alameda to the second tier with a grade of "B."

The study used three factors to rate cities and counties. The first looked at what they are doing to reduce second-hand smoke in outdoor areas at workplaces and recreation areas, as well as at entrances to buildings and dining areas.

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) has announced that nearly two dozen candidates have applied for Mayor Trish Spencer’s seat on the school board. Because it has so many applicants to review, the school board will hold two special meetings to interview candidates and listen to public comments.

The first meeting will be held 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, in the gymnasium at Island High School, 1900 Third Street. The board will listen to personal statements from the candidates and public comment, and then select the top candidates for the position.

At its Jan. 20 meeting, the City Council will weigh-in on the preliminary layout that developer Alameda Point Partners (APP) is proposing for a 68-acre residential and commercial parcel between Main Street and Seaplane Lagoon.

The pole at right shows the projected height of the new structure that will arise from within the Del Monte warehouse above the building’s existing facade.

New Council working well together

At their first meeting, members of the new City Council unanimously agreed on all the issues before them, including moving forward with the Del Monte warehouse project.

As Councilman Jim Oddie said at the end of the meeting, "Maybe this is a good sign of good things to come."

The Del Monte

An armed man fled an Alameda Wells Fargo Bank with an undisclosed amount of cash after he robbed the bank on New Year’s Eve.

Police arrived at the bank, located at 2260 Otis Drive near South Shore Center, at 10:35 a.m., according to Alameda Police Department (APD) Chief Paul Rolleri.

None of the seven individuals inside were harmed during the robbery, mostly because it was a quiet operation. Police say the suspect entered the facility, walked up to a teller, pulled out a gun and demanded money, without making much of a scene.