Alameda County recently awarded Alameda Autolab, 631 Buena Vista Ave., exclusive membership in its Green Business Program. It is the only automobile repair shop in Alameda to have earned the designation. The designation means that the shop’s owners, Robert Ramos and Luis Gomez, have gone the extra mile when it comes to complying with the county’s environmental standards, especially conserving resources and preventing pollution. 


Just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, all 25 on-duty Alameda firefighters responded to an alarm sounding at Foss Upholstery & Restoration at 2318 Clement Ave. They arrived on scene to find smoke and fire coming from the building, according to an Alameda Fire Department (AFD) press release. 

The firefighters forced their way inside the building and attacked the fire. They cut holes in the roof to ventilate the structure. Firefighters extinguished the blaze just after 9:30 p.m.


Local footrace draws runners from around the nation

In a tradition that recalls Mayor Ralph Appezzato, the Mayor’s R.A.C.E. or Ralph Appezzato Charity Event, a 5K race, was held prior to the Fourth of July Parade. The race’s proceeds benefit Alameda’s Midway Shelter for Women and Children.


Friday, July 1

  • 7 p.m. Public Utilities Board: Meeting. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 

Tuesday, July 5

  • 7 p.m. City Council: Meeting. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

Wednesday, July 6

  • 6 p.m. Civil Service Board: Meeting. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.



City Council decided not to implement a funding plan that would have determined how to allocate the cost of the Rent Review, Rent Stabilization and Limitations on Evictions Ordinance at its meeting on June 21.

The rent ordinance, which came into effect March 31, is projected to cost $1.95 million annually, according to Alameda Community Development Director Debbie Potter and SCI Consulting Group, a Fairfield-based consulting firm that assists public agencies with establishment and administration of taxes, assessments, fees and other special levies. 


Monday, June 27 

  • 7 p.m. Planning Board: Meeting. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 

Tuesday, June 28

  • 5:30 p.m. City of Alameda Health Care Board: Special meeting to discuss Alameda Hospital’s loss of insurance contracts with major health plans and the impact on Alameda residents. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 
  • 6:30 p.m. Board of Education: Meeting. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 

Thursday, June 30


At the April 18 Public Utilities Board (PUB) meeting, members approved a 5 percent overall rate hike to customers of Alameda Municipal Power (AMP). The PUB decided these funds would be used to maintain reliable service while replacing aging infrastructure. The increase will go into effect Friday, July 1. 

According to AMP, the increased rates are still 18.6 percent below the average rate charged by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in other Bay Area cities. 


Vice-Mayor Frank Matarrese will hold office hours at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, in the dining area of the Hawthorne Suites 1628 Webster St.

Alamedan Sandre Swanson, former Assembly member and candidate for the State Senate will also speak.

Call 759-9290, email or visit http://councilman for details.


Councilmember Tony Daysog will hold his regular office hours on Thursday, May 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Blue Danube Café, 1333 Park St. He will answer questions and offer comments on city issues. He will also be at the Farmer’s Market at Webster Street and Haight Avenue the following Saturday, May, 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. To learn more, call 747-4726 or email



Charter amendment moves ahead

The Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) submitted its signatures for its rent adjustment ordinance the “Alameda Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment” to city officials on Tuesday, May 24.

The ARC says it has collected enough valid signatures to get the amendment on the November ballot.