Alameda News

The City Council is scheduled to consider the Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance at its Feb. 16 meeting. If passed, the ordinance would require landlords to offer one-time, one-year leases to prospective or in-place tenants. The new ordinance would not allow landlords to increase rents more than once in a 12-month period. 

The second annual Alameda Spelling Bee took place last Saturday at Otis Elementary School. Liam Foster, a ninth-grader at Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), was named the top speller on the Island. This year’s bee was open to students in both elementary and middle schools. Foster was also named the top middle-school-age speller.

Hazel Purins, last year’s top speller, a sixth-grader at Lincoln Middle School (LMS), came in second place overall, and was the top elementary school-age speller. (The county bee categorizes up to sixth-graders in the elementary school division.) 

Above, Jesse and Olivia Aney of Alameda dance together at the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department’s (ARPD) annual Father-Daughter Dance Party, held last Friday for the 15th year. The event, put on in association with Girls Inc. of the Island City, gives girls and their favorite male role model a chance to dance, create arts and crafts, enjoy refreshments and other fun together. The dance, held on the weekend prior to Valentine’s Day, is extremely popular and often sells out well in advance. This year was no exception.

At a screening of the documentary film Shallow Waters, The Public Death of Raymond Zack, last Sunday, Alamedans struggled with the import of a particularly unfortunate turn of events that resulted in the death of Alameda resident Raymond Zack in 2010. 

Zack succumbed to hypothermia after several hours in the bay waters off Shore Line Drive near Willow Street. First responders, limited by budget and training restrictions, damaged water-rescue equipment and convoluted communications did not act to bring Zack back to shore in time to save him. 

The body of a Berkeley woman who had been missing for six days was found floating in the Oakland Estuary last Thursday, Jan. 28.

The body of Diana Gail Hajisaari, also known as Gail Saari, was located by the Oakland Police Department Air Support and Marine units about 2:45 p.m. that Thursday in a tidal canal behind homes on the 3300 block of Fernside Boulevard. Family members reported Gail missing on Friday Jan. 22.