Mapes Ranch

In today’s alert, we’ve got details on plans for shops and townhomes in an old Oak Street warehouse, a planning extension for Mapes Ranch and the latest news about Alameda Point.

Officers in the Alameda Police Department have driven Ford Crown Victorias “pretty much since they came out with them” in 1992, Captain Dave Boersma said, their powerful rear-wheel drive and ample size making the Crown Vic the department’s go-to car.

“They were kind of just a good workhorse,” Boersma said of the police vehicles.

But Ford’s announcement last year that they planned to discontinue the Crown Victoria after the sedan’s two-decade ride sent police officials in Alameda and in dozens of other cities across the country scrambling to find a new car with which to restock their fleets.