Alameda News

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).

Augusta Lee Collins was scheduled to take the stage at Blues, Brew and Barbecue on Webster Street at 3 p.m. last Sunday. Instead musicians and members of the audience paused to recall the passing of the renowned blues singer and guitarist who lived right here in Alameda.

A truck struck and killed Collins, 69, as he tried to cross Constitution Way near Marina Village Parkway on Monday, Sept. 7. He died at the scene of the accident.

Beginning sometime next month Caltrans plans to begin giving the Bay Farm Bridge and the adjacent bicycle bridge a $3.4 million makeover. Workers will pressure wash and paint the bridge, as well as service the span’s hydraulic system. They will also modify the bridge’s catwalk to ease maintenance work on the span and replace the bridges’ traffic and pedestrian gates. Caltrans says that it also plans to outfit the bike bridge for better maintenance access.