Alameda News

Joi Lin Blake

The Peralta Community College District board of trustees has appointed Dr. Joi Lin Blake as the next president of the College of Alameda.

Blake is currently the vice president of student services at Skyline College in San Bruno. She will start her job as college president on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Blake has a Bachelor of Arts degree in health science from San Francisco State University. She also holds a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in education from San Diego State University.

Representatives from Friends of Crown Beach prepare to turn in 6,347 signatures at Alameda City Hall.


Friends of Crown Beach (FOCB) fired the first salvo in the fight to stop Tim Lewis Communities (TLC) from building homes at Crown Beach. FOCB hosted a meeting on Jan. 15 to kick off the campaign to add a proposed measure to the November ballot to make Neptune Point open space. In 2011, the General Services Administration hosted an auction and Roseville, Calif.-based developer TLC purchased the property for $3.085 million.

Stephen Petersen plays his guitar on the shoreline of the Oakland Estuary. He will host a benefit concert for the Sept. 28 fire victims tomorrow at Rooster’s Roadhouse.

Officers from Alameda Police Department (APD) arrested Stephen Petersen, 27, on Sept. 28. They suspected him of setting a string of arson fires. Evidence led the Alameda County District Attorney’s office to later dismiss all charges against Petersen, but not until he spent more than two weeks locked up at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Protesters turned out last Sunday in front of City Hall. They marched to Park Street and back chanting, "Black lives matter. All lives matter."

Dozens of Alamedans took to the streets Sunday to protest police killings of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo. and to express their frustration about the lack of charges against the officers responsible for the killings.

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Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has selected Nancy S. Baglietto as its new executive director. Baglietto is currently the director of operations, programs and development of the Regional Parks Foundation. The Regional Parks Foundation supports the East Bay Regional Park District.