Alameda

The 43rd Annual Elks Hoop Shoots Alameda city finals contest was held Friday, Jan. 8, at the Alameda Point Gym.

The hoop shoots contests consists of a free throw shooting competition where each contestant has 25 opportunities to shoot a basketball into the hoop.
The contestants that participated in the city finals must live in Alameda or attend an Alameda school. The participants also had to qualify by winning the initial round tournament played at different parks in Alameda. 

Alameda Point Partners (APP) has been working with design consultants, park planners, a Planning Board subcommittee and city staff to prepare detailed designs for the individual buildings and parks within Site A.  

APP has submitted an application for design review for a 2.63-acre Phase 1 of the waterfront park along the northern edge of the Seaplane Lagoon that is intended to be constructed concurrent with Block 11. 

The Navy’s next Alameda Point Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting will be held this evening, Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at 950 W. Mall Square on Alameda Point. Everyone is welcome to attend to hear updates about the Navy’s cleanup and talk directly with the Navy and regulatory agency representatives about issues at Alameda Point. 

Learn more at the Navy’s website www.bracpmo.navy.mil; click on BRAC bases, California and Alameda NAS.

The California Bureau of Real Estate has filed a complaint against Alameda landlord Don Lindsey. As a founding member of Alamedans for Fair Rents, an organization of the city’s property owners and managers, Lindsey has stood front and center in the recent rent debate in the city.

2016 Spelling Bee Registration Open

Registration is now open for the second annual Alameda Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Alameda Elks Lodge and the Alameda Sun, to be held at Otis Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

All students in grades 4 through 9 who reside or attend school in the city of Alameda are eligible to participate. Prizes will be given to top spellers, and winners from both the elementary and middle-school grade levels will be sponsored to participate in the Alameda County Bee, set for Saturday, March 12.

For more than a year, Mayor Trish Spencer and the City Council have insisted that the Rent Review Advisory Committee (RRAC) is to play a key role in easing the rent crisis in Alameda. 

In response, in late October and early November of this year, the Alameda Renters Coalition proposed a series of RRAC reforms to the Mayor, Council and to the RRAC itself. Implementing these reforms is critical if the RRAC is to be successful and if the Mayor and Council hope to ever win the trust of renters with regard to the RRAC.

From past experience I propose a possible solution to Alameda’s rent issue. With about 12 years on the rent review board in Vallejo, with two years as chairman, I know Vallejo’s ordinance could be used for renters and landlords in Alameda as it has been for properties in Vallejo. 
The headline in a recent commentary (“Rent Control Unfairly Taxes Landlords,” Nov. 19) said it all, but the counter to that was on page one (Landlords Sneak in under Moratorium,” Nov. 19). All this proves that we must have a better control over excessive rents in Alameda. 

In a unanimous opinion issued Friday, Nov. 13, the California Court of Appeal found the complaint filed by Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant in 2011, alleging unlawful termination, was without any merit and dismissed the lawsuit in total. The city was awarded some $250,000 in attorney’s fees and costs and will be able to recoup additional attorney’s fees from a previous defense.

Alameda High junior Catherine Boles qualified to swim in two events at the inaugural California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) meets this weekend, May 22 and 23, in Clovis, Calif.

The top high school swimmers from throughout the state of California will converge on Clovis to compete against each other for the very first time, after meeting the qualifying times and placing in the finals at their respective division championships.

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