Alameda News

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.

An Alameda man was arrested last Wednesday, March 4, for allegedly stealing boat parts and other items from vessels anchored at the Oakland Estuary, according to Oakland police.

Thomas Waterman, 42, was charged with suspicion of possession of stolen property and possession of narcotics. He is also subject to a U.S. Coast Guard investigation for navigational safety hazards. Police suspect Waterman has been involved in a long string of burglaries on or near the estuary that has lasted several weeks.

On Tuesday, March 3, the City Council voted 4-1 to call for bids for a new mid-Island fire station on Grand Street and an emergency operations center (EOC) around the corner on Buena Vista Avenue. Mayor Trish Spencer cast the lone dissenting vote.

All property remaining at Nelson’s Marine, 1500 Ferry Point, will come under the gavel at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 17. International Boat & Marine Auction Services will conduct the auction. The city originally planned to liquidate the property at Nelson’s in February 2014 using Michaan’s Auctions but later postponed the sale.

"All marine equipment, vessels, power and sail boats will be sold," states Kip Kane auctioneer. "Everything will be sold as-is and where-is. It’s what you see and what you don’t see you get as well."

Mildred Nolan, 93, U.S. Navy veteran from World War II, proudly displays her Quilt of Honor, which was awarded to her for her military service. Twin Towers United Methodist Church, 1411 Oak St., is holding a program to honor women in the military and women veterans like Nolan. The program begins at noon, this Saturday, March 7. The guest of honor is Dr. Betty Moseley Brown. The keynote speaker is Juliana M. Boor, director of Veterans Affairs