Local author Denby Montana – a.k.a. Owen Mould – is a man of adventure. Having “hitchhiked north to south in this country,” gathered experiences in a slew of different odd jobs and earned a masters degree in creative writing, he seeks to “restore a sense of humanity” in his work. In his new novel, Mule Sonata, Montana writes about the history of Alta California, intertwining the stories of three families from the beginning of time. He recently answered questions from The Alamedan about what prompted him to write the book; an edited Q&A is below. Meanwhile, Montana’s new book is available online.
Alameda's planners are seeking permission to make changes that they say would make it cheaper and easier for local homeowners to construct improvements.
The Planning Board will consider the proposed changes tonight.
So let's do the math, folks. A simple example. Landlords and their apologists are claiming parcel taxes and sewer fees and permit fees are breaking their backs and the only way to stay out of lifelong traction is to raise the rent. Okay. So they raise their rents 20 to 50 percent because they claim that's what is necessary to stay in business.
I hate running early in the morning.
Sure, many people are just not "morning people," so it stands to reason that non-morning people might not enjoy running in the early morning.
A tie-breaking vote brought an end to an extended school board meeting Wednesday evening where Gray Harris was selected for and sworn in to the Alameda Board of Education to fill the empty seat of Nielsen Tam, who died of leukemia on May 24.
With the Bay Area’s housing crisis in the backdrop, the City Council on Tuesday took a small step toward giving tenants a way to combat rising rents.
By a unanimous vote, the council gave its initial approval to an ordinance that would require landlords to take part in hearings conducted by the city’s Rent Review Advisory Committee.
A former school board member and a onetime president of the local teachers' union are among the five people seeking appointment to the Alameda Board of Education.
The weather has been wonderful this past week: warm days, cool nights, slightly foggy mornings, just bliss. Of course, it would be here in Alameda, the very center of the old philosopher's Golden Mean. Not too much, not too little, but just right!
The last time the Alameda Housing Authority debuted an affordable housing project specifically for seniors, George Bush was president — George H.W. Bush. Independence Village at Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue opened in 1991.
In 1866, the Western Pacific ran out of money after completing the first 20 miles of track. This forced the railroad to halt construction east of Vallejo Mills in the middle of the desolate canyon along Alameda Creek. The following year, the Central Pacific decided that the route from Sacramento though San Jose to San Francisco was too long. The railroad found it more expeditious to instead run trains to Oakland and then use ferry boats to carry passengers to San Francisco.
This 1867 decision enhanced the role ferries would play in shuttling commuters around the Bay Area.