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City Council, School Board candidates

Council Candidates

A legislative staffer who has served on several local committees and a pair of city councilmen — one incumbent and one former — are vying for two open City Council seats this fall.

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Otis Elementary School. 3010 Fillmore St., is hosting its first-ever on-site fingerprinting session tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 26, for people wishing to volunteer at the school.

The session will last from 2 to 5 p.m. A representative from United Parcel Service (UPS) will administer the fingerprinting scanner. An Alameda Unified School District will also come by to file the prospective volunteer’s paperwork.

Harbor seals rest at Alameda Point haul-out where the Water Emergency Transportation Authority is planning to build a ferry facility.

Construction of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s (WETA) Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility at Alameda Point has been delayed another year. Originally scheduled to begin last August on West Hornet Avenue near Ferry Point, the project is on hold while WETA seeks a federal permit that allows for harassment of harbor seals during demolition and construction.

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On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the City Council voted to abandon plans to create a city-sponsored rents task force, opting instead to allow a local attorney to lead a community-based process to explore concerns about rising rents. The council voted 3-2 to move forward with the community-based process; the community group is to report its findings to the Council on Dec. 2.

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Nea Community Learning Center’s facilitator Mariah Mills looks on as her first-graders give Alameda Police Department Officer Jerrod Suth their rapt attention. The students learned the workings of APD as part of a field trip that launched their community helper project. They rode the AC Transit bus from school last Friday to visit City Hall, the Main Library and the police station.

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