Alameda

Tai Chewpanich and Jeanne Yip are atop the leaderboard with matching net 68s after round one of the 67th President’s Cup tournament Thursday, May 30, on the Jack Clark Course. The President’s Cup is a three-round tournament. The golfer with the lowest net score after all three rounds wins the tournament regardless of what flight they play in. 

Chewpanich competed in the first flight among golfers with a handicap of 14 to 22. Three of the top four golfers in the President’s Cup played in the first flight.

Local pop musician Lorenzo Wood announced his new single, Jacket (I’m Sensitive.) It is available now. The single won Best Song in January at the West Coast Songwriter’s Redwood City Chapter. 

“It’s a song about letting your friends know that you need their support, even if they don’t understand what you’re going through,” Wood said. The single was recorded in Alameda at Wood’s studio. 

The Fourth of July Foundation would like to thank the City of Alameda, the Alameda Sun and the community for their help in getting the volunteers and funding needed to host the Fourth of July Parade this year. The additional efforts secured the expanded safety measures needed to protect everyone attending and participating in the parade.

Vicki Vien, a senior at the Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), has been named as the 32nd annual winner of the $5,000 Ken and Shirley Van Sickle Scholarship. Vien is a top student at ASTI and has earned her high school diploma from ASTI as well as two Associate of Arts degrees from the College of Alameda. She is president of several school clubs and participates in many other school and community activities. Vicki plans to attend California State University at Stanislaus this fall and has interests in both law and medicine.

A federal grand jury indicted an Oakland man Tuesday, May 7, on charges stemming from five bank robberies throughout the Bay Area including one in Alameda last November. Duane Kurt Makela is alleged to have stolen $33,301 in  five heists between October 2018 and February 2019, according to the indictment. The indictment stated Makela, 49, “used force, violence and intimidation, to rob a credit union and four banks.”  

The Oakland A’s mascot Stomper hung out with Alameda’s new City Manager, Eric J. Leavitt, May 1, when the Major League Baseball team hosted a town hall meeting about its proposed new stadium at Oakland’s Howard Terminal. The meeting was held at Michaan’s Auction Theater at Alameda Point. The new stadium location, just across the estuary from Alameda Point, poses some interesting challenges and opportunities for synergy with the Island City.

The City Council hosted an Open House on Thursday, May 2, at City Hall West to discuss Alameda’s Rent Stabilization Program. Topics included: new proposals for capital improvements, relocation payments, rent increases and no-cause evictions. Attendees conversed, viewed the city’s proposal and wrote their opinions about the topics. The meeting gathered a diverse pool of tenants, homeowners and landlords curious about existing and proposed policies. 

On Tuesday night, March 26, the City Council of Alameda voted 5-0 to pass a historic resolution declaring a climate emergency.

In passing the resolution, the Council formally launched a citywide push to end greenhouse gas emissions 100 percent by the aggressive deadline of 2030. The resolution would also facilitate a just transition to clean energy as Alameda endeavors to adapt as rapidly as possible to the growing global and local effects of climate change.  

The City of Alameda announced last week several vacancies on important city commissions need to be filled. The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve. 

The City of Alameda will consider a limited number of cannabis retail dispensary permits through its first request for proposals (RFP) process. The process may result in selected applicants securing eligibility to apply for a retail dispensary cannabis business operator’s permits with a condition of mandatory delivery.

Interested parties must submit a letter of intent to submit an RFP by Monday, May 13, at 4 p.m. Proposals are then due Monday, June 10, by 4 p.m. The city reserves the right to alter this schedule as necessary.

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