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.

The USA West Region International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Hopes camp and tournament was held at the Alameda Table Tennis Center (ATTC) at 2050 Lincoln Ave. the weekend of April 10 through 12.

Two Alamedans will participate in the "presenting the colors" ceremony at the San Francisco 49er home game this Sunday, Nov. 2.

Duane Blackwell and Chester R. Bartalini, Jr. will be two of the five presenters at the game at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. They will present alongside George Rodgers, Ryan Renard and Don Marden. Rodgers, Renard and Marden will be the flag bearers, while Blackwell and Bartalini will be the lead and trail sentries, respectively.

Vaske, Durein to Wed

Joseph and Diane Vaske of Freeport, Ill., have announced the engagement of their daughter Brenda to Mark Durein, son of Douglas and Susan Durein of Alameda.

Brenda is a graduate of Aquin Catholic High School in Freeport. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa. Mark graduated from Bishop O’Dowd Catholic High School, in Oakland. He received his a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.