Michele Ellson

City Councilman Stewart Chen has taken the lead in Alameda’s campaign money race, newly released donor disclosure documents show. Read more >> about ELECTION 2014: Off-Island committee makes Chen contributions king

Michele Ellson

The Planning Board is set on Monday to consider signing off on a parking plan for the proposed redevelopment of the Del Monte warehouse.

The parking plan and changes intended to make the streets that surround the Del Monte more bicycle and pedestrian friendly are all that remain subject to the Planning Board’s okay. The City Council is expected to consider final approvals for the development proposal on December 2. Read more >> about Planning Board to consider Del Monte parking plan

Running in the 'Meda: Recovering from injuries

I hate to be a "Debbie Downer," but sometimes things don't go the way you want them to go. I'm talking about getting injured. No, I'm not writing about this topic because I'm injured, but it's useful to think about this when you're healthy so that you know what to do when it happens.

"When?" Not "if?" That sounds kind of pessimistic - shouldn't we always think positively? Read more >> about Running in the 'Meda: Recovering from injuries

Michele Ellson

The City of Alameda doesn’t have any rules governing the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords – and specifically, no rules governing rents, terminations and evictions.

So what rules do govern rentals, and what rights and responsibilities do tenants and landlords have?

The California Department of Consumer Affairs has posted this guide detailing the state and some federal laws that govern tenants’ and landlords’ rights and responsibilities; here are some of the highlights. Read more >> about Rents Blog: Rights and responsibilities

Michele Ellson

A federal judge who ruled earlier this month that a bankrupt California city’s pensions can be cut like any of its other debts is set to consider a contested exit plan that doesn’t contain pension cuts on October 30. Read more >> about Ruling could impact pensions