Alameda

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.

 

 

Last week the Alameda Sun reported on some misbehavior at the Extended Stay America parking lot on Marina Village Parkway (“Parking Lot Attracts Crime, Shenanigans,” Aug. 18). Part of the story described 26 boat trailers, 16 boats and six automobiles “all abandoned.” After reading the story Robert Nelson called to let the Sun know that only one of boats in the parking lot was “abandoned” as the story described them. 

 

The California Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA), a private, nonprofit organization that provides training and support to 44 Court Appointed Special Advocate programs across the state, has appointed Alameda resident John L. Lipp the organization’s new chief executive officer. Lipp began his tenure Aug. 1.

 

The General Election ballot is set, and Alameda voters will be determining a host of issues in November. Along with voting for the next U.S. President, Alameda voters will elect two city councilmembers, a city auditor, treasurer, school board members and decide on two city ordinance issues.

 

Stacked Adventures, an outdoor guide, gear and concierge service in Alameda, is conducting a special kayak tour of Seaplane Lagoon where a guide will inform the public about upcoming Alameda Point development projects on Saturday, Aug. 27.

The kayakers will travel past the Navy’s Reserve fleet MARAD and the USS Hornet, then paddle out to the breakwater enjoying the sea breeze, marine life, and scenic views of the bay area. 

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