Michele Ellson

Alameda’s City Council appears set to sign off on a new ordinance requiring companies purchasing large grocery stores to retain workers for at least 90 days if the stores’ ownership changes.

Council members expressed unanimous support Tuesday night for a proposed ordinance requiring stores over 15,000 square feet to post ownership changes and retain workers for 90 days after a sale or transfer takes place. Read more >> about Council poised to approve rules protecting grocery workers

Michele Ellson

Council members said goodbye to two top officials, got a detailed update on plans for Alameda Point's Site A - and wrapped up before midnight with a few items left on the table. Here's what happened, in tweets. Read more >> about Tuesday Night in Alameda: Farewell to Russo, and a Site A update

Letters to the ...

“The comedy of #Alameda elected officials downplaying great economic news because it undercuts austerity plans is very evident (at the April 16 special City Council meeting on the budget). - Steve Tavares, Twitter

During the above-referenced meeting, it appeared that some city leaders ignored or glossed over the city’s improved financial position in an attempt to justify opposing a proposed contract extension to public safety workers that would help the city reduce its retiree health benefit (OPEB) costs. The council is to vote on the contract on April 29. Read more >> about Letters to the Editor: Council should okay new safety contracts

Mike Maurice

The 88th annual Alameda Commuters golf tournament teed off last weekend at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex with a field of 208 of the best amateur golfers from the west coast of California. Read more >> about Alameda Commuters: Briones leads Commuters after opening rounds

Amblin' Alameda: Little Free Libraries

Have you noticed the book exchanges popping up around Alameda? The Little Free Library movement is scarcely five years old, and new libraries are popping up all over the world. In Alameda, we've visited (and exchanged books with) at least a half dozen libraries, and more seem to be appearing every day.

The libraries are simply boxes on a post - roughly the size of an old newspaper box, but artfully handcrafted. They hold 20 or 30 books each on a rough average and have little doors to protect the books from the elements. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Little Free Libraries

Michele Ellson

Last week’s conversation piece on development at Alameda Point was such a success that this week, I decided to tackle another big topic around town: Street safety for cyclists and pedestrians. Read more >> about Conversation Piece: Sharing the road