Alameda News

The Tenderloin: "San Francisco’s scummiest neighborhood, a filth-encrusted hotbed of immorality, indecency, lewdness, corruption, and all manner of vice." At least that’s how a certain Dr. Weirde describes the neighborhood in an essay he posted on the "Found San Francisco" website.

"Not so fast," says Tenderloin Museum executive director Bill Fricker. "The Tenderloin is a neighborhood you thought you knew." He invites you to judge for yourself at the museum at 398 Eddy St. in the heart of the Tenderloin.

California rent growth has outpaced the rest of the nation every month for the last year according to the September California Rental Price Monitor produced by San Francisco-based rental marketplace Apartment List. Findings in the report include:

• California rents are growing nearly twice as quickly as the national average. Some unit rents have increased 5.7 percent over the last year compared to 3 percent nationwide, based on two-bedroom units.

Some 2,000 parcels in the city of Alameda are within the newly identified 100-year floodplain. That means there is a 1 percent chance that in any one year the property will experience flooding from extreme high tides and storm activity. The floodplain map is determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) recently announced the retirement of a beloved employee, Vickie Smith. For more than 10 years, Smith has implemented the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act for AUSD, which helps homeless students get enrolled in public schools.

She has helped hundreds of homeless students get not only the education to which they have a right, but the services and supplies their families need to get back on their feet. Those services and supplies have included backpacks and materials for school, clothing, transportation, food, counseling and health care.

Map & Story by Chris Ringewald

Housing prices, gentrification and inequality have been hot topics in the news lately. Recent articles and opinion pieces in the Alameda Sun have wrestled with how many people will move to Alameda due to new development, and others have grappled with how many will move out through eviction. 

Somewhat lost in the discussion has been a sense of just how many people have been moving in, and outside of specific developments, where the most new Alamedans are settling.