Alameda News

 

A new cement float for harbor seals was delivered to Alameda Point on June 22. Seals had been staying on the existing, familiar wooden dock. On Monday, July 11, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), the Bay Area’s ferry agency, removed that dock in preparation for building its maintenance facility.

If the seals decide to stay in the harbor, they will have to adapt to the new structure. As of the morning of Tuesday, July 12, four seals were already on the new float, a promising development.

 

The Alameda Renter’s Coalition’s (ARC) initiative that calls for more renter’s rights protection against landlords was approved to be placed on the November ballot on July 6.

The Alameda Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment seeks to cap rent increases at 65 percent of the consumer price index, limit evictions and create an elected rent board. 

 

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.  

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