The Union City Police Department (UCPD) announced that on Nov. 3 officers from its Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Unit (COPPS) arrested 15 men in a sting operation. UCPD crime reports state that the officers made the arrests about 4 p.m. on the 32000 block of Alvarado Niles Road.
Alameda is taking steps toward a bright future at Alameda Point. However, the city continues to stumble on the former Naval Air Station’s deteriorating infrastructure. The latest tripping stone centers on 75-year-old drains serving brand-new tenants.
At the center is a consent decree that the city signed in 2014. At question is whether that decree requires the city to take a “replace-as-you-go” tack as it sails toward completion of Alameda Point. Or does it allow a build-now, replace-the-drains-later plan?
The City of Alameda Social Service Human Relations Board, working in partnership with the Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Youth Collaborative and Alameda’s social services organizations is conducting an online survey regarding the housing, community development and social service needs in Alameda.
In a time of dwindling resources and increasing needs, it is more important than ever the residents of Alameda have a voice in how the city invests federal and other funding received for these programs and services.
At the Oct. 17 City Council meeting, Councilmembers approved “Art in City Hall,” which allows professional and emerging Alameda artists and arts organizations to display works on the walls of City Hall. City staff will run the program for one year with the goal of supporting the local arts community, creating a memorable experience for the public and celebrating Alameda’s diverse history and community. Applications are open now for artists to apply to have their work displayed in Alameda’s seat of government.
SoCal lawyers hired to investigate city manager’s recent accusations
Alameda city officials have hired a Southern California law firm to conduct an investigation to determine whether members of the City Council wrongly interfered with the Alameda fire chief hiring process.
City Attorney Janet Kern confirmed the hiring of Jenkins & Hogin, LLP to conduct the investigation. The investigation is underway and the firm has no deadline. Once the investigation is finished a report will be presented to the Council.
The City of Alameda, the Alameda Eagles and Alameda Elks took a little more than two weeks to put an idea into action to collect much-needed items for the wine country fire survivors. The Elks filled a 48-foot trailer donated by Rodgers Trucking with some help from Otto Wright at The Local, the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, the Downtown, Greater and West Alameda business associations, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda Business Network. The Alameda Education Foundation partnered in arranging for the purchase of backpacks full of school supplies for students.
Svendsen’s Boat Works recently announced that it will move to Richmond on Jan. 1, 2018. Svendsen’s will join Bay Marine Boatworks at its Richmond facility, 310 Cutting Blvd.
Bay Marine is owned by Bay Maritime, which acquired all divisions of Svendsen’s, including Svendsen’s Marine Distributing, Svendsen’s Rigging Shop and Svendsen’s Metal Works last January (“North Shore Maritime Businesses to Consolidate,” Dec. 6, 2016). Bay Maritime is also the parent company of Alameda’s Bay Ship & Yacht.