Alameda News

 

Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park St., will host story time from Tales of the Arabian Nights in the shop’s Old Bazaar room tomorrow, Friday, March 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. (young children from 6 to 7). Enjoy hearing about Aladdin and his magic lamp and other stories in a room filled with fantastical objects from stories in the book.  

This event is open to kids and adults of all ages. Audience participation in the readings is encouraged. Dressing up is also encouraged and refreshments will be served. 

The Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) filed a ballot initiative last Monday in response to what it defines as  “a crisis of mass evictions and average rent increases of more than 50 percent over a span of only four years.”

The coalition hopes to address these problems with the “Alameda Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment.” 

Now that the paperwork is filed coalition members can begin collecting signatures from Alameda voters. They hope to collect the necessary 6,461 signatures by April 23, to see their  initiative included on the November ballot. 

St. Louis, Mo., cardinal’s stance spurs Island City response

Alameda Girl Scout Troop 30928 wrote a letter to the Roman Catholic cardinal of St. Louis, Mo., last week after the prelate published an official statement all but condemning the girls’ organization. 

John Nelson Beck has a new date with the United States Bankruptcy Court. Beck disappeared some 30 minutes before his last-scheduled appearance before Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee Lois Brady and his creditors (“Alameda Man Disappears,” Feb. 18). 

Beck was dropped off about 9 a.m. on Feb. 9 for a 9:30 a.m. appointment with Brady at 1300 Clay St. in Oakland. According to the bankruptcy court’s website, Beck and his attorneys from the law offices of Balter & Minder — Roya Shakoori, Robert G. Harris and Michael W. Malter — were also scheduled to meet with Brady. 

Teachers, counselors and educational staff at two charter schools in town — Nea Community Learning and Alameda Community Learning Center — unanimously ratified their first-ever collective bargaining agreement, one they had been negotiating since March 2014.  

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