Alameda News

The City of Alameda is seeking community input on draft recommendations for the Alameda Active Transportation Plan. This input will guide the creation of safe and comfortable places for people to walk, bike and roll in Alameda. Last winter, the city solicited ideas and comments about where residents enjoyed these activities in Alameda. The city also asked in what areas residents would like to see improvements.

City Workers recently removed the sign that had defined Jackson Park. In 1895, the city opened “Alameda Park” on property that once belonged to local railroad baron A. A. Cohen. In 1909, the city renamed the park for President Andrew Jackson. The city’s Recreation and Parks Commission voted to rename the park. A new name has not yet been chosen.

Alameda’s COVID-19 testing site has been plagued with temporary shutdowns and confusion since it began operating Wednesday, July 22.

An Alameda County Court judge issued an arrest warrant for a former priest at St. Joseph Basilica after he failed to appear for his arraignment on July 20.

Varghese Alengadan, 67, was charged on July 15 with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery for allegedly inappropriately touching an adult woman on July 24, 2019, according to court documents. His arraignment was scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland before Judge Colin Bowen, but Alengadan, known as “Father George,” never appeared. Bowen issued the warrant soon after.

Alameda Police Department (APD) Chief of Police Paul Rolleri announced his retirement from the department Wednesday, July 22.

“Being the Chief of Police here has been the honor and opportunity of a lifetime,” said Police Chief Rolleri in a press release published on the City of Alameda website. “After 31 years and family and friend discussions, I had made the personal decision to retire back in January.”

Rolleri has been with APD since April 1992. He was named interim chief of police on June 1, 2013 and was appointed the position permanently on Nov. 17, 2013.