Alameda

 

The city of Alameda is holding a special public meeting to discuss the action plan aimed to mitigate the increased number of homeless encampments in the city. 

 

Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) is holding a grand reopening and fundraiser Friday, Sept. 30. The event will include live poetry readings, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar serving wine and beer and a silent auctions of art, gifts and unique experiences.

Frank Bette Center’s focus is to fulfill and build upon Frank Bette’s dream to create and maintain “a place for meetings, readings, showings, and other creative doings.” 

 

The Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is seeking to renegotiate its contract with the city of Alameda so it can better manage the Alameda Animal Shelter. FAAS sent out a press release to Alameda residents and city leaders stating the reasons it needs more funding for the shelter. 

 

The City of Alameda is working collaboratively with Alameda Point Collaborative, Operation Dignity and the Social Services Human Resources Board (SSHRB) to develop and implement a plan to prevent increased homeless encampments in the city.

Homeless encampments in Alameda and across the entire Bay Area region have grown in recent months. With the construction of Jean Sweeney Open Space Park anticipated to begin the city is trying to create a compassionate plan of action to help those displaced by the construction. 

A new social media initiative to promote the city of Alameda begins today at City Hall. “So often we hear people talking about Alameda and all the things that make our Island community unique,” stated the city’s press release.

 

With the Nov. 8 election date approaching, more information is coming out about Alameda’s most talked about issue. The two rent ordinances that are up for vote at the election appear to have a lot more differences than similarities. 

 

Alameda among 71 entities on list

The city of Alameda was one of 71 cities or public organizations cited by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for failure to disclose to investors all information regarding municipal bond transactions. 

The SEC’s findings were revealed in the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) initiative report released Wednesday, Aug. 24. The initiative is a voluntary self-reporting program targeting material misstatements and omissions in municipal-bond offerings.

 

As many Alameda Sun readers know, Carrie Beavers and the Alameda Sun were synonymous for a decade. To many Alameda residents, Carrie was the face of the Sun, the first person they saw when they visited. To nearly everyone who came by, Carrie was immediately friendly, generous and caring. 

 

“Paddles ready!” was the command. We all held our paddles to the side, ready to move the boat forward. 

On Aug. 13 and 14, I had the opportunity to practice with, and then watch, our local dragon boat racing team, the Alameda DragonFlyers, in action. The practice session took place on the Oakland Estuary near Bridgeside Shopping Center; the race was held on Lake Merritt. 

I met many enthusiastic and welcoming team members, including Carol Beaver, the team’s captain and founder, and Corinne Spingarn, my paddling instructor. 

 

The regular meeting of the Public Utilities Board set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, has been canceled. The next regular Public Utilities Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

 

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