Alameda News

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. 

St. Louis, Mo., cardinal’s stance spurs Island City response

Alameda Girl Scout Troop 30928 wrote a letter to the Roman Catholic cardinal of St. Louis, Mo., last week after the prelate published an official statement all but condemning the girls’ organization. 

Teachers, counselors and educational staff at two charter schools in town — Nea Community Learning and Alameda Community Learning Center — unanimously ratified their first-ever collective bargaining agreement, one they had been negotiating since March 2014.  

Late last year, Siemens, a German multinational conglomerate company that works in the energy, technology and health sectors, agreed to acquire Alameda-based software engineering company Polarion Software Inc. The transaction was completed early this year. 

Polarion is a leader in the application lifecycle management (ALM) market. The company leverages an open architecture, exhibits state-of-the-art source code management and supports the needs of open-source software development. ALM provides supervision of a software application from its initial planning through retirement. 

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