Alameda News

In 1973 the city amended its charter to prevent multiple dwelling units from being built in the city. In many cases these units replaced the Island’s Victorian-era homes. In 1991 the amendment, popularly known as "Measure A," was amended to define the maximum density as one housing unit per 2,000 square feet of land.

Over time developers have asked for so many waivers so as not to comply with "Measure A" that the City Council considered putting a moratorium on granting these exemptions. At its last meeting, however, councilmembers decided not to move forward with this idea.

The Alameda Community Band will present its Winter Concert Tuesday, March 17, featuring the "Poet and Peasant Overture" of Von Suppe, as well as special tributes to Hoagy Carmicheal and Henry Mancini. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave.

The local concert band comprised of more than 20 musicians will also feature Bay Area saxophonist, Bill Aron, performing the "Glazonov Saxophone Concerto."

City names new finance director

City Manager John Russo announced the appointment of Elena Adair as the city’s new finance director, Adair will assume the responsibility for direction of the city’s finance department and the development of the city’s $270 million budget.

She will oversee the finance department administration, accounting services, accounts payable, revenue, business license and payroll and a total of 10 employees.

An Alameda man was arrested last Wednesday, March 4, for allegedly stealing boat parts and other items from vessels anchored at the Oakland Estuary, according to Oakland police.

Thomas Waterman, 42, was charged with suspicion of possession of stolen property and possession of narcotics. He is also subject to a U.S. Coast Guard investigation for navigational safety hazards. Police suspect Waterman has been involved in a long string of burglaries on or near the estuary that has lasted several weeks.

On Tuesday, March 3, the City Council voted 4-1 to call for bids for a new mid-Island fire station on Grand Street and an emergency operations center (EOC) around the corner on Buena Vista Avenue. Mayor Trish Spencer cast the lone dissenting vote.