Alameda News

What is happening with Alameda’s ongoing efforts to support our community’s local hospital and health care services with our funds and our participation in planning for the future? How did we arrive at our current situation? This is the first of several articles that will look at the larger forces affecting us, then share specific information and questions for us all to consider. 


Efforts to be more “green” are paying off for the city of Alameda Public Works Department. The city’s new program that included reducing water and paper usage, producing less trash, while increasing recycling, resulted in the city receiving the 2016 Sustainability Practices Award. The Northern California chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) gives out the award each year.


Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park St., will host story time from Tales of the Arabian Nights in the shop’s Old Bazaar room tomorrow, Friday, March 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. (young children from 6 to 7). Enjoy hearing about Aladdin and his magic lamp and other stories in a room filled with fantastical objects from stories in the book.  

This event is open to kids and adults of all ages. Audience participation in the readings is encouraged. Dressing up is also encouraged and refreshments will be served. 

John Nelson Beck has a new date with the United States Bankruptcy Court. Beck disappeared some 30 minutes before his last-scheduled appearance before Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee Lois Brady and his creditors (“Alameda Man Disappears,” Feb. 18). 

Beck was dropped off about 9 a.m. on Feb. 9 for a 9:30 a.m. appointment with Brady at 1300 Clay St. in Oakland. According to the bankruptcy court’s website, Beck and his attorneys from the law offices of Balter & Minder — Roya Shakoori, Robert G. Harris and Michael W. Malter — were also scheduled to meet with Brady. 

The Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) filed a ballot initiative last Monday in response to what it defines as  “a crisis of mass evictions and average rent increases of more than 50 percent over a span of only four years.”

The coalition hopes to address these problems with the “Alameda Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment.” 

Now that the paperwork is filed coalition members can begin collecting signatures from Alameda voters. They hope to collect the necessary 6,461 signatures by April 23, to see their  initiative included on the November ballot.