Alameda News

Stephen Petersen plays his guitar on the shoreline of the Oakland Estuary. He will host a benefit concert for the Sept. 28 fire victims tomorrow at Rooster’s Roadhouse.

Officers from Alameda Police Department (APD) arrested Stephen Petersen, 27, on Sept. 28. They suspected him of setting a string of arson fires. Evidence led the Alameda County District Attorney’s office to later dismiss all charges against Petersen, but not until he spent more than two weeks locked up at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Protesters turned out last Sunday in front of City Hall. They marched to Park Street and back chanting, "Black lives matter. All lives matter."

Dozens of Alamedans took to the streets Sunday to protest police killings of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo. and to express their frustration about the lack of charges against the officers responsible for the killings.

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Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has selected Nancy S. Baglietto as its new executive director. Baglietto is currently the director of operations, programs and development of the Regional Parks Foundation. The Regional Parks Foundation supports the East Bay Regional Park District.

At its Tuesday, Dec. 2, meeting the City Council offered preliminary approvals for a plan to build up to 380 new homes on the 11-acre Del Monte warehouse site, a development that one council member said could offer the last new housing the Island will see for years.

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The City of Alameda’s official holiday tree lighting ceremony brought revelers and protestors alike to the corner of Santa Clara Avenue and Oak Street in front of City Hall. The festivities included live music, The Dancing Christmas Trees, holiday decorations and more. Standing outside the Alameda Carnegie Library across the street, peaceful demonstrators held up signs drawing attention to decisions in recent police brutality cases that have drawn widespread protest from Brooklyn to Berkeley.