Alameda News

The BEQ forms the backdrop for many a soccer game at Alameda Point. The Alameda Soccer Club leases the fields that can play host to around 100 East Bay teams during the club’s seasons.

Outdoor soccer activities thrive in the field outside the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) on Lexington Street at Alameda Point. Unfortunately, potential indoor activities languish for lack of a viable business plan.

Representatives from Alameda Point Partners, a group of companies aiming to develop the first neighborhood at Alameda Point referred to as "Site A," hosted a walking tour last weekend that drew more than 300 people. City staff led the tour groups that stopped at various locations where the developers spoke about their vision. Tour-goers included Mayor Trish Spencer and other residents who asked tough questions.

More than 200 Girls Inc. supporters, participants and staff attended the 16th annual Women Who Dare awards ceremony and fundraiser last Saturday at the Al Dewitt O’ Club. Hosted by Girls Incorporated of the Island City, the event recognized women and teens who exemplify risk, resiliency, and reward, the theme of the event. The event also showcased the transformative power of Girls Inc. programming in an era when 78 percent of girls are at risk for body image issues, 30 percent are at risk of teen pregnancy and 20 percent are at risk of abuse.

The San Francisco skyline serves as a backdrop to the Mercedes Benz F 015, an experimental driverless automobile.

Driverless vehicle visits Alameda

Driverless cars have yet to appear on Alameda’s streets, but one was recently seen tooling around Alameda Point. PC World Executive Editor Melissa Riofrio was there to catch all the action.

The city of Alameda firefighters’ overtime pay totaled more than $1 million last year, but there is another budgetary issue that needs to be examined.

Last year the city spent $1,160,694 on overtime pay for the Alameda Fire Department (AFD). But, they also had to pay $198,840 in acting pay.

Acting pay is money firefighters are paid when a particular employee temporarily holds a higher position because one of the four fire stations are short staffed for a time.

"This is also unavoidable," said Alameda firefighters’ union president Jeff Del Bono.

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