Alameda won’t apply for USDOJ cash

The City of Alameda is electing not to submit an application for the 2018 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ). Chief of Police Paul Rolleri advised Alameda County officials that the city would not apply for this federal grant. This means Alameda’s allotted funds, a total of $10,511.75, will be distributed to other agencies in Alameda County. 

An organization known as “Pet for Vets” reaches out to veterans who suffer from physical and emotional injuries relating to their time in the service. “Sometimes it is very difficult to transition from military to civilian life,” said Debbie George, a member of the organization’s Alameda chapter. Medical studies have shown that companion animals can significantly improve both mental and physical health. These animals can reduce stress, depression and anxiety that many serving in the military experience. 


Over a quarter mile of art and music will be presented along Park Street during the Love Our Island Art Walk — Radical Beauty, Part 3, set for this Friday, June 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. Running between Buena Vista and Encinal avenues, Radical Beauty, presented by Rhythmix Cultural Works and the Downtown Alameda Business Association will feature three new art installations in empty storefronts and six live music ensembles.


A community forum titled “A Conversation: Guns In Our Community” has been set for Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at Christ Church Alameda, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. Given America’s ongoing struggle to prevent gun violence in schools and other public places, Alamedans will gather to discuss the role of guns here.

Panelists will include: Vice Mayor Malia Vella, Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri, Veteran Paul Hauser, Rabbi Barnett Brickner representing the faith community and Lucy Helms, a local student.

Big Five Sporting Goods has declined an invitation to date.


Electric rates will change on July 1 for residential and commercial customers. At its April 23 meeting, the city’s Public Utilities Board approved a 1 percent overall rate increase for fiscal year 2019.

The increase, which goes into effect July 1, will help Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) fund improvements to its aging infrastructure, such as cables, poles, transformers and circuit breakers. AMP currently provides rates that average 17 percent lower than those in neighboring communities.


Alameda City Council recently directed staff to draft a minimum-wage ordinance that increases wages above what state law requires. The Council cited concerns over the high cost of living in the Bay Area and growing income inequality.


The president of the firefighters’ union filed a claim against the city seeking more than $200,000 in damages for “false” and “malicious” accusations made by city employees that has damaged his professional reputation.


The Northern California Coast Guard Retiree Council is hosting its annual All Services Military Retiree Seminar on Coast Guard Island Alameda, Saturday May 5. The seminar will be held in Building 4 on Campbell Boulevard.

A complimentary continental breakfast will be served, with registration from 7:30 to 8 a.m. in the Point Welcome Room. Presentations begin at 8 in Gresham Hall and continue to noon.


The City of Alameda has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to potential business leaders seeking permits to start a cannabis-related business in the city. The RFPs for a Cannabis Business Operating Permit were issued Monday, April 23. The 30-page document includes the evaluation criteria for the proposal and the timeline for which the city will issue the permits. 

The Navy will present its proposed cleanup plan for Site 32, a 60-acre site on the northwest corner of the former runway area at Alameda Point at a meeting next week at Alameda Main Library. Site 32 is the last of the Navy’s cleanup sites at the Point awaiting a certified plan, or remedy. The site, which will one day become part of a regional park, consists of buildings, a concrete bunker, roads, runways, a parking lot and open grassland, including more than nine acres of seasonal wetlands.