Alameda

Property owners in Alameda have already received a letter from the city inviting them to attend a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Renters in the Island City may not consider this meeting very “public,” however. The city has not included them in the discussions. The city is bypassing the renters by charging the property owners a fee, rather than a tax. 

The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) ran its eighth annual school supply drive, Equipped 4 Success, this summer. The school supply drive helped deliver 750 filled backpacks to AEF partner agencies for distribution to their students. 

With help from Alameda residents, AEF was also able to provide teachers and schools with $8,750 in additional backpacks and supplies for their classrooms and students. In all, the organization generated $46,150 in cash and in-kind donations this year to support low-income students and Alameda public schools.

An Alameda woman pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter for her involvement in the 2017 murder of a Hayward man on Friday, Aug. 23. Valeria Boden’s plea is the result of her role in the murder of Daniel Deltoro (“Local Woman Arrested for Murder in Hayward” Aug. 24, 2017). Boden said she drove her ex-boyfriend Brandon Follings and Pablo Mendoza to the location where they shot and killed Deltoro in Hayward on July 19. 

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 20, Alameda Police Department (APD)Property Crimes Unit investigators culminated a long arson investigation with the arrest of a suspect in the July 13 playground structure fire at Woodstock Park.

With the help of a school resource officer, the investigators arrested a juvenile male for starting the fire. This investigation began during the pre-dawn hours when patrol officers responded to the park and found the playground structure engulfed in flames. 

Local business owners have a unique opportunity to receive funding from the City of Alameda if they apply now. The city will accept applications for the Facade Grant, a popular economic development program that helps local business and property owners spruce up their storefronts and improve the appearance of local retail districts. 

Before a plan becomes reality it faces multiple reviews before the public

A true miracle of thespianism, a creation beyond the reach of ordinary actors, “The Lord of A Ring in A Suitcase” brought magnificence, drama and madcap hilarity to Franklin Park last Saturday. The Peripatetic Players, an ensemble of five actors, played every part of the broad dramatis personae of the J.R.R. Tolkien book, The Fellowship of the Ring.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled against the Friends of Crab Cove (FOCC) in their pursuit to stop the proposed senior housing and medical respite center for homeless individuals on McKay Avenue. 

Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled against FOCC’s attempt to block the development of the 3.65 acre center at the final merits hearing on Aug. 16. The ruling paves the way for Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) to convert the buildings at McKay into a medical respite care facility that will also offer services to homeless individuals to help them get back on their feet. 

The City Council will consider revisions to the rent control ordinance at its Sept. 3 meeting, according to a press release from the city. It is the first council meeting after the August break.

The proposed revisions come after another example of the city’s housing crisis appeared in the London-based news publication The Guardian. Journalist Sam Levin profiled 87-year-old Musiy Rishin’s battle with his landlord who has been on a year-long mission to evict him. 

At its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Alameda City Council will consider a revised rent control ordinance that will include several new provisions. The proposed changes will: 

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