Alameda News

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.

The Public Works Department, in collaboration with the East Bay Regional Park District, is sponsoring the city of Alameda’s Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. This annual event allows Alamedans the opportunity to improve the appearance of the coastline by removing trash, litter and debris from the city’s shoreline. Last year, some 400 volunteers cleaned up Alameda’s shoreline and removed more than one ton of debris that otherwise would have harmed the marine ecosystem.

Local students explore history on anniversary of horrific event in 2001

The freshmen in Brian Rodriguez’s "Modern World History" class at Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) were babies on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked and crashed four airliners on the East Coast.