Alameda News


The City Council approved placing the Utility Modernization Act on the November ballot. The measure passed 4-1. Mayor Trish Spencer cast the lone dissenting vote.

The act has two main proponents. The first modernizes language to update the existing Utility Users Tax. The second confirms the annual transfer of funds from Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) to the city. 

This provision protects core city services without raising tax rates, according to the city’s press release. 


On Thursday, June 23, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) announced that officers from the department’s Internet Crimes against Children Unit had arrested Alameda resident Emmanuel Ellison, 45. In a press release SFPD stated that it had evidence that led the unit to suspect Ellison of having online sexual contact with a minor.


Effort provides low-income students with school supplies

The fifth annual “Equipped 4 Success” school supply drive kicks off this week. The community drive provides low-income Alameda students in kindergarten through 12th grade with new backpacks and quality, grade-level appropriate school supplies.  


Local footrace draws runners from around the nation

In a tradition that recalls Mayor Ralph Appezzato, the Mayor’s R.A.C.E. or Ralph Appezzato Charity Event, a 5K race, was held prior to the Fourth of July Parade. The race’s proceeds benefit Alameda’s Midway Shelter for Women and Children.


Just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, all 25 on-duty Alameda firefighters responded to an alarm sounding at Foss Upholstery & Restoration at 2318 Clement Ave. They arrived on scene to find smoke and fire coming from the building, according to an Alameda Fire Department (AFD) press release. 

The firefighters forced their way inside the building and attacked the fire. They cut holes in the roof to ventilate the structure. Firefighters extinguished the blaze just after 9:30 p.m.