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Alameda Point Environmental Report blogger Richard Bangert was so impressed by "the beehive of construction activity" at Alameda Landing development that he snapped these photos.

For more than 14 years, Alameda Family Services has been providing shelter to homeless, runaway and “thrown away” teens in an eight-bed Victorian in Oakland. But the teens may soon find themselves with nowhere to go.

The owner of the home that houses the DreamCatcher emergency shelter has himself fallen on hard times and is preparing to sell it. So the nonprofit is scrambling to raise $100,000 over the next few weeks so that it can purchase the home and keep the shelter – the only one of its kind in Alameda County – up and running.

“He’s very much trying to work with DreamCatcher,” spokesman Sean Sullivan said of the home’s owner.

East Bay water officials approved new restrictions this week that limit watering of lawns and landscaping and other outdoor uses.

Every day, a large, white bus stops in front of Donald Hull’s High Street home.

Updated at 8:32 a.m. Thursday, August 14

Alameda’s top cop says the police department will do more to help homeless people following the release of a video that showed local police ticketing a homeless veteran and suggesting he leave Alameda for Oakland.

Posted in late July, the roughly 14-minute video shows Alameda police ticketing 34-year-old Aaron Colyer on a charge he was illegally living in his vehicle. Police told Colyer he couldn’t sleep in his van, which was parked in a lot near the Main Street ferry terminal, and that he would have to move on.

Alameda's property values rose a little more than 6 percent this year, a rate that's just shy of the county average. In Alameda County, Dublin saw values rise at the steepest rate, with 15 percent jump, while Berkeley's property values rose at the smallest rate in the county, 3.4 percent. Here are the numbers.

Members of the Recreation and Park Commission decided the Clark Memorial Bench should be saved, and a community group called Save the Bench has launched a fundraising effort to pay for its restoration.

A city ambulance service that provides non-critical transport of patients has passed its initial trial and is now part of the Alameda Fire Department, the City Council decided Tuesday night.

Tamara Nghishakenwa’s son, Bakari Bell, 13, has severe autism, and Alameda County pays her $11.50 an hour to take care of him. But getting by on those wages is tough in the Bay Area.

Police are saying no one was injured and no charges have been filed following a Saturday night crash into the Starbucks at the corner of Park Street and Central Avenue.