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Rising rents are becoming a hot topic around town, and it's no mystery why: More than half of Alameda's homes are rentals, and nearly half of Island residents rent. We're starting this blog in an effort to answer your questions about the trajectory of rent costs in Alameda and the number of people whose housing may be impacted by them.

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Alamedans rubbed shoulders with city leaders and representatives from a quartet of development teams Monday at an open house designed to give the public a better idea of who may be shaping the future of the former Naval Air Station.

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.

The Social Service Human Relations Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 2 in Conference Room 360 on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Alameda police have arrested two men in connection with a string of apparent arson fires that took place within a seven-block radius on and around Park Street Sunday morning.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

Jamie Banes and Silvie Lukacova have occupied studio space at Autobody Fine Art for the past two years, and when a break in the gallery’s exhibition schedule permitted, they self-curated a two-person show.

How long does it take to train for a marathon? A half marathon? A 5k? The answer is, of course, it depends. But on what?

A school board veteran, a special education teacher and an accountant who helped start a local youth sports league are vying for a pair of seats on Alameda’s Board of Education this fall.

You don’t have to look far to find a dietary recommendation for almost anything: blood type, body type, gender, race, region – you name it, it probably exists. With all of this “noise,” how can you determine the right plan for you and your family?

Leaders of The Academy of Alameda Middle School charter want to open a grade school program in the fall of 2015.