City Manager Jill Keimach announced on Tuesday that the city has appointed Edmond Rodriguez, 51, as the city’s new fire chief. He is replacing Doug Long, who retired on Sept. 20 (“Fire Chief Steps Down,” Sept. 28). Rodriguez, who currently serves as the chief of the Salinas Fire Department, will assume his responsibilities on Nov. 13, the city stated in the press release announcing his appointment. 


“A huge industry coming up from the underground!” is how Chamber of Commerce President Mike McDonough described the prospect of cannabis producers and distributors operating in Alameda. The Chamber’s 2017 Business Expo and Conference, held Sept. 20 at the College of Alameda, included representatives from state agencies and cannabis-industry stakeholders. 


Artists have a fantastic new opportunity to propose a public art project to the City of Alameda. City staff has released two new requests for proposals (RFPs) for public art, one for physical public art, and another for cultural arts and programming. The awards range from $12,500 to $150,000 for the physical art piece and $5,000 to $35,000 to support a publically accessible event located in Alameda.


Alameda is vulnerable to climate change, which could bring about sea level rise, drought, flooding and extreme heat. These could result in epidemics or food shortages. The City of Alameda is updating its Climate Action Plan to show how its residents can reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to this climate change. This update would include identifying climate risks, assessing options such as wetlands and levees and implementing the most sustainable course of action as climate change impacts evolve.  


The City of Alameda will co-sponsor its third annual Retail Job Fair for permanent and temporary holiday-season positions available at the Alameda Landing and South Shore shopping centers along with other nearby locations. 

The Job Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Shore Shopping Center, across from Trabocco and Charming Charlie. 

The Retail Job Fair will have hiring representatives from Target, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, Charming Charlie, Total Woman Gym & Spa and many more local and regional employers. 


Alameda resident pens reflections on anti-war protests half a century later

In the fall of 1967 I enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, partly inspired by the protesters who stopped troop trains passing through Berkeley earlier in the Vietnam War. I had already lost a high school friend in the battle of Ia Drang Valley in 1965 and was enraged by the incessant lies coming out of Washington. It also became apparent, from studying the history of the region, that we were never going to win that war.


The East Bay Flag Football (EBFF) Alameda Conference is opening registration for its fall 2017 season. The league will have five co-ed age divisions. There will be a five- to six-year-old division, a seven- to eight-year-old division, a nine- to 10-year-old division, an 11- to 12-year-old division and a 13- to 15-year-old division.

Players may enter individually or as entire teams. Children who want to play together are encouraged to enter as a team and train for the NFL Flag Regional Tournament.


At a session preceding its Sept. 5 meeting, the City Council will offer the first reading of an ordinance establishing rules for dispensaries and other cannabis-related businesses. 

SCI Consulting Group recommends the eventual permitting of three dispensaries — one serving medical users and two for recreational users — in specified areas of the city. On-site vaporization at dispensaries would be banned, as would outdoor cultivation of cannabis for commercial purposes.

Alameda residents saved couple from capsized jetski

Mayor Trish Spencer awarded Certificates of Recognition to three Alamedans on Wednesday, Aug. 23, for their brave rescue of a distressed couple last month. 

They received their certificates in front of family members at council chambers in City Hall. 


Team Japan won the 36th annual World Tournament Baseball event after a 2-1 victory over team Korea in the final Saturday, Aug. 12, at the College of Alameda. It was Japan’s seventh straight World Tournament Baseball championship.

The tournament brought together high school underclassmen from all over the world to compete in the exhibition. Eligible players had to be 15 years or younger by March 31.