A group of commercial property owners filed the lawsuit Borikas et al. v. Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) in 2008. The plaintiffs told the court that because Measure H levied different charges on residential and commercial property owners, it was illegal under state law. The trial court sided with AUSD, but the California Court of Appeal declared a portion of the tax rate that applied to commercial properties partly invalid.
AUSD has created a process for commercial property owners to apply for Measure H refunds.
Allied Engineering: yet another factory closing in town
All along the northern shoreline of Alameda, things are changing rapidly. Some of the last surviving industrial employers that have operated in Alameda for decades are shuttering and in many cases, becoming residential properties.
Alamedans wanting information from the city’s websites last week got a surprise.
"Error 404 Hacked by D@arkSh@dow," they read on an otherwise blank page when they logged on. Library staff warned patrons not to log on to the library site because their computers might catch whatever bug the city’s web platform had contracted. The breach even affected the police department.