The “Utility Modernization Act” (Measure K1) is on the Nov. 8 ballot. The single-ballot measure seeks approval of two unrelated utility issues. The first concerns collecting a tax, the second deals with transferring funds. This presents voters with a dilemma if they favor one but not the other.


Alameda native Michael Gerson, co-founder of Oakland-based law firm Boxer & Gerson, LLP, was honored recently with the California State Bar’s lifetime achievement award. The award was presented  at its 89th annual meeting in San Diego. Gerson will be one of six legal professionals presented with awards in a variety of legal disciplines. His specialty is worker’s compensation, in which he has built a national reputation over his 42-year career.


The city’s Historical Advisory Board is scheduled to take up the rehabilitation of one of Alameda Point’s larger buildings. The city is currently working with Jonah Hendrickson’s Alameda Point Redevelopers, LLC, (APR) to transform Building 8 at Alameda Point into a usable, profitable space.  

In 2013 Hendrickson transformed West Berkeley’s long-abandoned Standard Die & Tool Company building into Berkeley Kitchens, a unique collection of commercial rental kitchens specifically designed for food companies to have a kitchen to call their own.


Alameda and Encinal high school’s cross country teams had strong showings at the first West Alameda County Conference (WACC) 5K meet Thursday, Sept. 15.
Alameda finished in fourth place in the men’s varsity race, behind Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, Berkeley and Piedmont while Encinal came in eighth place. Ten teams competed in the 5K, or 3.1-mile race.


At its Tuesday, Oct. 4, meeting the City Council will discuss the development of Alameda Point’s Enterprise District, also noted as Area B on some maps. The district lies south of Area A, which is centered on West Atlantic Avenue and primed for residential development.  

City staff has divided the district into four zones. 


The Alameda Sun will publish its election edition on Thursday, Nov. 3. The edition will include information about all candidates and issues that will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 8, ballot. 

The Sun welcomes letters and pieces in favor of candidates, but will not publish them until Nov. 3. The Sun will not run letters 
opposing candidates and will not run any letters that disparage candidates. The Sun will also not publish boiler-plate letters. These are letters that come from different writers but say essentially the same thing.  


The USS Hornet Museum will host several musical performances to welcome the fleet to San Francisco Bay on Friday, Oct 7. Headlining the event is the USO Show Troupe which presents performers with extensive stage, film and television credits. Other performers include The Swingin’ Blue Stars, U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, RockSkool by HFT Rocks, DJ Tom LG and The USS Hornet Band. Doors open at 1 p.m. For ticket prices and more information, visit



The Blue Angels, United States Air Force aircraft, other performance teams and aerobatic planes, as well as France’s Breitling Jet Team will use Oakland International Airport this year as their base for Fleet Week 2016. 


An Alameda man believes his home was vandalized due to his stance on the city’s rent control issue. Alameda resident Dean McPhee’s house suffered damage caused by a rock.

“Shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, an unknown vandal threw a raw egg at the window of our 115-year-old Victorian,” wrote McPhee in a letter to the Alameda Sun. “The egg broke, but the window did not, so a second effort entailed a rock, which was effective in breaking the 2’ by 3’ pane of the double-hung window.”


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.