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Alamedans will soon be asked to both conserve more water and pay more for what they use to help preserve the East Bay’s water supply in the face of a lingering drought.

The East Bay Municipal Utility District board decided last week to ask customers to cut back their water use 15 percent from 2013 levels beginning on January 2, 2015, up from the 10 percent they’re now asking customers to cut. Starting in January, they will also impose a 14 percent surcharge to cover the bill for water they’re buying from the federal government.

 
From the Better Late Than Never Department: If you've been meaning to donate food, coats or toys this holiday season and just haven't gotten the chance, there's still time to help out. Here's a map of collection barrels across the Island.

Dozens of Alamedans took to the streets Sunday to protest police killings of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo. and to express their frustration about the lack of charges against the officers responsible for the killings.

The Alameda protest rally was held a day after hundreds of thousands of people participated in protests across the country following the decisions of a pair of grand juries not to hand down charges in the police killings of 18-year-old Michael Brown, of Ferguson, and 34-year-old Eric Garner, of New York. Additional protests have taken place at City Hall and at Encinal High School.

The average market rate of Alameda’s rental housing has risen more than 18 percent over the past 12 months, data obtained by The Alamedan show – faster than market rents in Alameda County and the Bay Area as a whole.

Asking rents in Alameda have risen 18.4 percent over the past 12 months, compared with 11.6 percent in Alameda County and 11.4 percent across the Bay Area, data released by the Novato-based research firm RealFacts show. The average market rent in Alameda in the third quarter of 2014 was $2,057, the data show, topping rents in Alameda County as a whole for the first time in two years.

Students held a silent protest outside Encinal High School on Wednesday afternoon, one of several people have staged around the Bay Area and across the country following police killings of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo.

The City Council offered preliminary approvals for development of the historic Del Monte warehouse in the early morning hours Wednesday. Here are our tweets for the seven hours we could stay awake for.

Despite what you may hear, most landlords are not raising rents by double digits, several landlords said Wednesday night.

Island residents beset by rising rent costs got a chance to air their grievances at a community meeting Wednesday night.

A computer hacker apparently shut down the city’s website this weekend.

Saturday night at sundown I was walking along Shore Line Drive next to the beach when I saw three jet boaters heading at full throttle toward the Bay Farm Bridge. By the time I got to the bird sanctuary observation deck, I could see the three jet boaters stuck in the mud.