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Council defangs Sunshine Ordinance

On Feb. 18, the City Council stripped the Open Government Commission of its authority to enforce the Sunshine Ordinance, Alameda’s open-government provision. The Commission no longer has the power to nullify an action passed in violation of the Sunshine Ordinance and order corrective action through a rehearing.

After the original St. Joseph Basilica of the 1870s burned, the current facility replaced it in 1920. This year then marks the 100th anniversary of the present-day basilica at 1109 Chestnut St. As part of its centennial celebration, the basilica hosted a tour led by art historian Dr. Frank DeStefano of Connecticut. DeStefano conducted an informal walking tour of its historic stained-glass windows last Sunday.

Books Inc. will be hosting an event to celebrate female African American authors tomorrow.

The event, “Black History Month: Focus on Black Women Authors,” will be held on Friday, Feb. 28, at Books Inc. located at 1344 Park St. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Amos White, The Sound of the Web, will moderate the event. 

The event will feature authors Alison Hart, Mostly White, and Dera Williams, In My Backyard, and playwright Cindy Acker, Words that Made the Difference: Brown v. Board of Education


Prosecuting attorneys from the Alameda City Attorney’s Office, in coordination with the District Attorney’s Office, recently began staffing Alameda County criminal courts and handling misdemeanor prosecutions for certain crimes that occur within the City of Alameda. 

Since the program started earlier this month, city prosecutors have since filed more than two dozen cases originating within the Island City, ranging from theft and vandalism, to disturbing the peace.

Real estate development and acquisition company Wood Partners announced last December that it would soon break ground for Alta Buena Vista, a 372-unit luxury mixed-use project at 1501 Buena Vista Ave., the site of the long-closed Del Monte Warehouse (“Del Monte Project Rebooted,” Dec. 17, 2019). The developers have made good on their word and work is underway.