Alameda

 

A new cement float for harbor seals was delivered to Alameda Point on June 22. Seals had been staying on the existing, familiar wooden dock. On Monday, July 11, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), the Bay Area’s ferry agency, removed that dock in preparation for building its maintenance facility.

If the seals decide to stay in the harbor, they will have to adapt to the new structure. As of the morning of Tuesday, July 12, four seals were already on the new float, a promising development.

 

The City Council approved placing the Utility Modernization Act on the November ballot. The measure passed 4-1. Mayor Trish Spencer cast the lone dissenting vote.

The act has two main proponents. The first modernizes language to update the existing Utility Users Tax. The second confirms the annual transfer of funds from Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) to the city. 

This provision protects core city services without raising tax rates, according to the city’s press release. 

 

The Alameda Renter’s Coalition’s (ARC) initiative that calls for more renter’s rights protection against landlords was approved to be placed on the November ballot on July 6.

The Alameda Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment seeks to cap rent increases at 65 percent of the consumer price index, limit evictions and create an elected rent board. 

 

The Alameda Intermediate 50/70 Little League All-Star team won the Section 1 Championship with two big wins over Vacaville in the championship series last week.

The Island City team first took down Vacaville 9-7 in 10 innings on June 29, then followed that up with a resounding 24-8 victory in the NorCal section championship match. 

 

 

Stars of Wrestling International Promotion returned to Alameda Point Gym for its annual show Saturday. 

The packed card was capped by TNA wrestling world champion and mixed martial arts superstar Bobby Lashley, second-generation star Carlito and The Boogeyman. All three have been champions in World Wrestling Entertainment.

The main event featured Jody “War Pig” Kristofferson who in real life is the son of music and acting legend Kris Kristofferson. Kris usually flies in from Maui to watch Jody’s matches. 

 

Alameda native Cooper Teare finished fourth in the Nike Elite Camp high school men’s one-mile race last Saturday, July 2 at the historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Teare, a rising senior at St. Joseph Notre Dame, was one of 10 male athletes to participate in the prestigious invite-only race. 

Teare stayed with the rest of the pack for majority of the race. He was able to take over the fourth place position on the final turn of the race. Teare finished with a time of 4:06.79. 

 

The Alameda Recreation and Parks Department’s park monitors visit all the city’s parks and make sure facilities are clean, greet park users, provide information and assistance and enforce park rules. Monitors also make sure picnic and field reservations are in place. 

To report an issue, voice a concern or give a compliment during the weekend, call the monitors directly at 775-5459.

 

The city of Alameda is offering a free summer recreational baseball league for Alameda youth who have completed kindergarten to fifth grade. 

 

Well-known Bay Area-based comedian Will Durst will be in town this Saturday, July 9, at 8 p.m. to perform an all new comedy show titled “Elect to Laugh 2016” that sheds some hilarious light on an already laughable election (just kidding).  

The five-time Emmy nominee would like to thank his co-authors, the best joke writers in the business: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama and the ubiquitous Sarah Palin — and their assistants, the 535 hardworking satirists in Congress.

 

Construction to begin on two-block stretch of Park Street

With new construction on both sides of Park Street between Lincoln and Buena Vista avenues completed or planned, pedestrian safety in the corridor has become a priority for the city of Alameda.

Construction work was anticipated to begin this past Tuesday, to improve safety for those crossing Park Street. Recently approved commercial developments are expected to significantly increase the number of pedestrians using these crosswalks. 

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