Alameda

 

Navy about to transfer another large piece of former air station to city

The City of Alameda is conducting a public tour at Seaplane Lagoon to celebrate the second phase of land conveyed from the Navy Saturday, July 23. The purpose of the tour is to learn about future development plans and to take in the beautiful waterfront.

 

Visitors flock to Crab Cove, a State Marine Conservation Area, to learn about and experience the Bay’s sea dwellers. The educational lessons at the Crab Cove Visitor Center are equally relevant throughout the waterway south of the USS Hornet at Alameda Point where even more creatures thrive in relative obscurity.

 

Rear Adm. Todd A. Sokalzuk assumed command of the 11th Coast Guard District from Rear Adm. Joseph A. Servidio during a change-of-command ceremony held Thursday, July 7, at Coast Guard Island.

 

The 2016 Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade is in the books. Winners will receive trophies at an upcoming City Council meeting. This year Rancho el Afortunado took home the Mayor’s Trophy. Riders aboard Rancho el Afortunado’s pure Andalusian horses also won trophies for Equestrian (Charro Class) and Sweepstaker. 

The Alameda Elks won the honors for the best float, followed by 510 Fitness and Kiddy Kampus Cooperative Preschool. 

Other winners were divided into the following categories.  

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Harbor Bay resident explores problem now facing homeowners citywide

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released new floodplain maps that propose to place nearly 2,000 Alameda homes in a mapped 100-year floodplain for the first time.

The Alameda City Council voted unanimously to extend an urgency ordinance prohibiting residential rent increases of 8 percent or more and “no-cause” evictions for 60 days at its meeting Jan. 5.

At its Nov. 5 meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to pass a local building resolution that implements part of the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP) by limiting the use of natural gas in newly constructed buildings on city property. The effort is intended to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions (GHG) in Alameda. The move may mark the first step to phasing out natural gas citywide. 

On Nov. 2, I notified the Alameda City Attorney and City Manager of my perspective that the audio recording of the conversation between me, former City Manager Jill Keimach, and Councilmember Malia Vella should be released. 

It is illegal in California to tape private conversations without the knowledge and permission of all parties. The former City Manager violated these ethics and was investigated for doing so. 

In light of recent events in the North Bay: wildfires likely sparked by electric equipment, public saftey power shutdowns (PSPS) and other activities by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) spurred several Alamedans to contact the Alameda Sun with questions related to the City of Alameda’s proprietary electric utility, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), founded in 1887. 

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According to AMP spokesperson Kathleen Haley, AMP has responsibility for maintaining the electric equipment in Alameda. 

The City of Alameda announced last week its annual sewer rehabilitation project will get underway beginning this month, with estimated completion by July 2020. Construction work hours are restricted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. near school locations, Monday through Friday. The work will consist of rehabilitating aging sewer mains, laterals and access holes on the following streets:

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