News in Brief

City of Alameda -- City leaders and Dignity Moves executives cut the ribbon to open the Dignity Village development.
City of Alameda -- City leaders and Dignity Moves executives cut the ribbon to open the Dignity Village development.

News in Brief

Dignity Village Grand Opening Held
Dignity Village held its grand opening ceremony on May 3 at the development’s location near Alameda Landing. More than 100 people came to see the new transitional housing development open its doors to the public. Included in the audience were city officials, staff, project partners, and Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. Several people gave speeches at the event including Ashcraft who also cut the ribbon.

Dignity Village is a two story, 47-unit interim supportive housing development serving up to 61 individuals experiencing homelessness or chronic homelessness. It was developed in 14 months after the city was awarded a $12.3 million grant from the State of California’s Homekey Program and $2.4 million from Alameda County. The development is located at 2350 Fifth St.

Shots Fired at Rodeway Inn
On May 1 at 1:05 a.m., Alameda Police Department (APD) dispatchers received a call about a shooting that occurred in the area of the Rodeway Inn, 1925 Webster St. According to APD Lieutenant Alan Kuboyama, officers searched for evidence of a shooting and found shell casings in the parking lot of the motel.

Officers spoke with guests and reviewed surveillance video and determined a person fired a handgun several times at another. Neither party remained on scene, so the preliminary investigation revealed very little.

Since then, APD investigators were able to confirm the victim was not injured as a result of the shooting. But it’s still unclear what led to this interaction, as they are getting only a few details from the person(s) who appear involved. No one has been arrested as of Tuesday, May 11.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call APD at 510-337-8340.

Kiwanis Alameda Holds 100th Birthday Party
On May 3, the Kiwanis Club of Alameda celebrated its centennial of service to children, youth and the community at large, with a sell-out crowd of 100 dinner guests. Held in the Elks Lodge ballroom, merriment was in the air, with silent auction baskets, a door-prize drawing, club memorabilia, photos and news clippings on display, a dance and song performance by Alameda Adaptive Arts, and featured speakers.

Bert West, president of Kiwanis International, gave the keynote speech. Seventeen past presidents/current members were honored, as well as the longest-tenured Kiwanian, David Denyven (70 years of continuous service).

The name Kiwanis for Native Americans means “We have fun” and that night, the club sure did.

Pat Bowen -- David Denyven, the oldest Kiwanis Alameda member (1953), and Becky Cusack, the most recent (2023).