Alameda News

Local rabbi rallied with 5,600 others in Brooklyn event

On Nov. 4, Rabbi Meir Shmotkin, of Chabad of Alameda, joined 5,600 rabbis and communal leaders from all 50 states and more than 100 countries at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The annual event, the largest Jewish gathering in North America, follows on the heels of the Oct. 27 anti-Semitic shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa., that left 11 dead. 

The third annual Alameda International Film Festival (AIFF) will kick off Friday, Nov. 2, at Veterans’ Memorial Hall. 

The three-day festival will open with a celebration of the legacy of Bay Area acting legend Robin Williams. There will be a 25th anniversary screening of Mrs. Doubtfire will this Friday, Nov. 2. The film was shot predominantly in San Francisco, with other scenes filmed in different Bay Area locations, and grossed more than $400 million in the worldwide box office. 

The City Clerk’s office recently released the financial campaign statements from Board of Education candidates and Measure K advocates and opponents filed last month.

The Alameda Fire Deparment received some help from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, last Friday, during the annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch hosted by the department. Kids of all ages get to take a home a free pumpkin each year at the event which took place for the 19th year. The man behind the patch (and behind Presley’s sunglasses) is Alameda firefighter, Adam Sizemore, who has organized the event at Franklin Park for many years.

The No on K committee held a rally Saturday, Oct. 13, in front of 470 Central Ave., the first Alameda apartment building to experience a complete eviction of its occupants. The committee is working to defeat Measure K to keep Alameda’s rent law, Ordinance 3148, from being added to the City Charter. 

“Our renters are not second-class citizens,” said Cheri Johansen the committee’s field coordinator.  “They deserve true protections; an end to no-cause evictions and annual caps on rent increases.” 

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