Alameda

The Oakland A’s mascot Stomper hung out with Alameda’s new City Manager, Eric J. Leavitt, May 1, when the Major League Baseball team hosted a town hall meeting about its proposed new stadium at Oakland’s Howard Terminal. The meeting was held at Michaan’s Auction Theater at Alameda Point. The new stadium location, just across the estuary from Alameda Point, poses some interesting challenges and opportunities for synergy with the Island City.

The City Council hosted an Open House on Thursday, May 2, at City Hall West to discuss Alameda’s Rent Stabilization Program. Topics included: new proposals for capital improvements, relocation payments, rent increases and no-cause evictions. Attendees conversed, viewed the city’s proposal and wrote their opinions about the topics. The meeting gathered a diverse pool of tenants, homeowners and landlords curious about existing and proposed policies. 

On Tuesday night, March 26, the City Council of Alameda voted 5-0 to pass a historic resolution declaring a climate emergency.

In passing the resolution, the Council formally launched a citywide push to end greenhouse gas emissions 100 percent by the aggressive deadline of 2030. The resolution would also facilitate a just transition to clean energy as Alameda endeavors to adapt as rapidly as possible to the growing global and local effects of climate change.  

The City of Alameda announced last week several vacancies on important city commissions need to be filled. The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve. 

The City of Alameda will consider a limited number of cannabis retail dispensary permits through its first request for proposals (RFP) process. The process may result in selected applicants securing eligibility to apply for a retail dispensary cannabis business operator’s permits with a condition of mandatory delivery.

Interested parties must submit a letter of intent to submit an RFP by Monday, May 13, at 4 p.m. Proposals are then due Monday, June 10, by 4 p.m. The city reserves the right to alter this schedule as necessary.

Doolittle’s copilot died in San Antonio, Tex., April 9

The sad news that Richard “Dick” Cole died on April 9 at the age of 103 marked the passing of the last of the “Doolittle Raiders.”

Cole literally had a front-row seat next to Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle as the copilot in the No.1 bomber. Doolittle and Cole joined navigator Lt. Henry A. Potter, bombardier SSgt. Fred A. Braemer and engineer gunner SSgt. Paul J. Leonard as the first of the raid’s 16 B-25s to fly over Japan and the first to drop a bomb load — four incendiaries aimed at a large factory.

Seven Island City runners competed

Several Alamedans took part in the 123rd Boston Marathon Monday, April 15.

Seven Alameda residents traveled to the East Coast to take part in prestigious long-distance race. Connie Shieh finished the 26.2-mile race with a time of 3:12:11. The 31-year-old hit the halfway mark at 1:31:12. She finished 4,777th overall and 464th in the women’s 18- to 39-year-old division.

Amazon announced April 2 that a student from Alameda High School will be one of the first recipients of an Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship. The $40,000 scholarship provides the student with funds to study computer science at a university of their choosing along with a paid internship at Amazon after their freshmen year of college.  

The student, Ashley Chu, is one of just 100 high school seniors from underserved communities across the country that will receive this first-ever scholarship.  

Council to determine marijuana’s future

At its April 16 meeting, the City Council will consider the final fate of four cannabis-related ordinances.  

New residents of Everett Commons, including a family originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, enjoyed showing Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft their homes during the ribbon-cutting ceremony March 27. In addition to being a single-story unit, the facility has ADA features such as a wheelchair-accessible kitchen and bath counters and wider hallways to meet their needs.

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