Alameda News

Mayor Trish Spencer and the Alameda Sister City Association plan an official visit to Dumaguete, Philippines, in November. Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria has extended an invitation to travel Alameda’s newest sister city; a Dumaguete delegation visited Alameda earlier this summer. The two mayors will sign a Memorandum of Agreement that will outline plans for cultural, educational and business exchanges over the coming years.

Join CERT, be ready for the ‘big one’

Alameda is an island community and it takes the whole community working together to make Alameda disaster resilient. Will we be prepared when the next "Big One" hits? There is a 62 percent chance of a 6.7 or larger earthquake striking between now and 2032. There is a 31 percent chance that this will happen on the Hayward Fault that runs along the Oakland hills just four miles from Alameda. The fault’s last major eruption was on Oct. 21, 1868.

Some 250 participants attended the annual Coastal Clean Up at Crown Beach Saturday. Other smaller efforts took place around the Island, but the city’s Public Works Department coordinated the clean-up efforts along Shore Line Drive. Cleaners were expected to keep a tally of the types of trash collected, from tiny bits of plastic less than 3 inches in diameter to items the size of refrigerators.

Residents interested in applying to sit on the board of the Alameda Health Care District may submit an application. Application packages must be delivered to the district, at the address below, no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Member J. Michael McCormick submitted his resignation in August, effective Sept. 1. The district must appoint an individual to fill the vacant position on its board of directors.

New ordinances take effect Oct. 1

The city has adopted two new ordinances to help resolve landlord-tenant disputes over rent increases. The ordinances go into effect Oct. 1.

The first ordinance contains new noticing requirements for property owners when informing tenants of rent increases. It requires property owner participation at a rent-review hearing, if requested by the tenant, according to a city news release.

The second ordinance formalizes the duties and responsibilities of the Rent Review Advisory Committee (RRAC).