Alameda News

In the early morning hours of Sept. 28, 2014, officers from the Alameda Police Department (APD) arrested Stephen Petersen and charged him with arson. APD suspected Petersen of having a role in setting a series of arson fires that plagued the city earlier in that same evening. The Alameda County District Attorney dropped all charges against Petersen on Oct. 31, 2014. 

Above, Alameda resident Les Hilger kisses Poe after paying for the privilege. Hilger’s organization, Alameda Support Foundation, donated $5,000 to the Angel Fund for sick and injured animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter. Poe has a neurological condition, but he’ll still be in the kissing booth at the Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster St., from 2 to 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, when a donation to the Angel Fund will earn you a kiss from Poe.

Players from the Oakland Raiders and representatives from the National Football League (NFL) visited Maya Lin School on Tuesday to reward students there for winning the Super Bowl Play 60 Challenge, a fitness program developed by the NFL and the American Heart Association.  

May Lin fifth-graders completed more minutes than 12,000 other students who participated in the program in seven Bay Area counties. The Maya Lin students also showed the most enthusiasm, an NFL source said.

Anita Hollerer-Squire has lived in Alameda for three years. She is originally from Austria, and has spent many years travelling around the world. Her husband is part of Artemis Racing, the Swedish team that took part in the 34th America’s Cup races in 2013. Artemis was based at Alameda Point during the races and many of the team’s families took up residence here.

“Since we arrived, the people in Alameda have been so welcoming and friendly and have included us into their community,” she said. Hollerer-Squire would like to repay this kindness and give something back.

The Alameda city staff released its principles of agreement detailing precise guidelines for the proposed Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance. The ordinance will be presented to the City Council at its Feb. 16 meeting.

Regarding rent increases, the agreement states that housing providers shall not increase rents more than once every 12 months. However, there will be no cap on an increase if it is allowed during the hearing process. Landlords will, however, have to go through a rent review process. 

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