The City of Alameda was formed in 1872 from the towns of Alameda, Encinal and Woodstock. For the first 44 years of its existence, Alameda was a general law city. This meant that Alameda did not have its own set of rules, rather state laws governed how the city ran. That changed in 1916, when Alameda became a Charter City.
State Senator Nancy Skinner recently released a letter that outlines Assembly Bill 450 that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law and became effective on Jan. 1. The new law requires, among other items, employers to verify that immigration officials have judicial warrants or subpoenas prior to entering workplaces in California. It also mandates employers to provide notices to employees if immigration officials request reviews of any employers’ immigration documents.
Henry Huntly Haight was born in Rochester, New York, on May 20, 1825. He was of English and Scottish roots, with his paternal ancestors settling in 1628 in what became Massachusetts. He established the third generation of lawyers in his family.
The City Council sat in closed session for some five hours on Tuesday, Jan. 30. As with all closed meetings the subject matter remains sealed. A call to City Clerk Lara Weisiger’s office revealed that the City Council was scheduled to approve the minutes of that meeting in closed session before its regularly scheduled meeting last Tuesday after the Alameda Sun went to press.
The Alameda Police Department (APD) has launched a new program to help reduce crime in the city.
The new program is called the We S.E.E. or Share Electronic Evidence program. The program allows APD to quickly identify nearby cameras that may have captured evidence, helping solve crimes across the Island.
While the City of Alameda pays for some library events, most find financial support from the Friends of the Alameda Free Library (FAL). Residents who wanted to support the library with a wider variety of materials and programs began the organization in 1974.
FAL raises money through activities, most notably the twice-yearly used-book sale at Alameda Point and the Live @ the Library concert series each fall. The organization’s volunteers also run Dewey’s Café at the Main Library, where proceeds from food and drink sales go into fundraising coffers.
The city recently released its financial report for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2017. It will present the findings to the City Council at its Tuesday, Feb. 6, meeting. According to the report, the city has been able to maintain General Fund reserves in excess of the City Council’s established level.
The city is inviting its residents to “Join the Conversation.” City staff is engaged in sharing a presentation called “Repairing Alameda’s Aging Infrastructure” not only at Board and Commission meetings, but with civic and business organizations, and at community events as well.