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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.

The Recreation and Park Commission is expected to make a recommendation Thursday night on whether to restore or replace the Clark Memorial Bench in Jackson Park.

Alameda’s Planning Board stopped short of recommending the city enact rent controls Monday, opting instead to ask the City Council to consider setting up a task force to study whether people are being displaced by rising rents.

THE STORY: The East Bay Regional Park District and environmentalists are battling to halt plans to develop 48 homes on a 3.9 acre property across the street from Crab Cove, which the federal government is in contract to sell to developer Tim Lewis Communities. So far, two lawsuits have been filed over the property and plans to develop it, and local parks lovers have qualified a measure for the ballot that would prohibit housing development there.

THE STORY: About this time every year, the City Council considered a new annual budget – until last year, when City Manager John Russo and his team put Alameda on a new, two-year budget cycle. On Tuesday night, the council okayed changes to the budget for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

THE STORY: The Alameda County Waste Management Authority – aka Stopwaste.org – has been considering a $9.55 per residential unit fee to pay for the disposal of old paint, motor oil and other hazardous wastes.