Governor Jerry Brown issued a drought declaration for California on Friday, and he's urging people to cut their water use by 20 percent. The typical Californian uses 192 gallons of water a day, according to a new website the state set up to help people reduce water use; half the water is used to water yards, it says, while nearly a third of the water people use inside their homes goes down the toilet.
The Alameda Police Department is taking fresh steps toward implementing new technology that scans thousands of license plates in search of stolen cars and crime suspects.
The department has issued a draft policy for use of automated license plate readers they hope to buy and is hosting a public forum to discuss their plans, at 6:30 p.m. February 3 in the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street. The council will consider the policy at a to-be-scheduled meeting.
Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget offers California’s school districts some good fiscal news in the form of higher per-student funding and payment of billions of dollars of prior-years’ IOUs. But it also offers the possibility of higher pension costs for school and community college districts as soon as 2015.
How many ambulance runs did the Alameda Fire Department make in 2013, and what hospitals did they end up at? Answers in our handy graphic.
The U.S. Census Bureau has released a wealth of new data quantifying local communities' population, income and other demographic particulars. Here are some of Alameda's vital stats.
Homeowners who will move into Alameda Landing will likely pay more than residents in other parts of the city to live in their new neighborhood.
On Tuesday night, the City Council approved formation of one of two planned community facilities districts that will tax Landing residents to pay for streets, sidewalks and other necessities a new community requires without taxing the existing community to finance it.
The action involved one of two districts that will encompass 45 acres of property near the Posey Tube that the U.S. Navy transferred to the city.
State Controller John Chiang’s office recently released 2012 pay and retirement (pension and health) cost data for California’s city and county employees, offering a detailed breakdown of costs by both employee and department. Here are some of the key details Chiang offered up on Alameda’s municipal workforce.
What were the big news stories of 2013? Here’s a month-by-month Broad Brush breakdown of the year’s Alameda news, along with links to all of 2013's big stories.
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the death of an Alameda-based seaman following a search and rescue mission in the Bering Sea, where the cutter he serves on was on a patrol assignment.
The City Council agreed Tuesday to double VF Outdoor’s existing package of tax and fee breaks, to a maximum of $2 million, in exchange for a planned expansion that could nearly double the company’s Harbor Bay Business Park campus by the end of 2020 and increase its local workforce by more than a third.
The council voted 4-0 to approve the tax breaks, after city staff touted a list of economic benefits of helping the company expand here. Councilman Stewart Chen was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.