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Rent Hikes Hit Raw Nerves

Scuffle in council chambers typifies tensions in Alameda and elsewhere in the Bay Area regarding rental prices.

The Trespass, the Mayor and the Political Spat

The gulf between the mayor and her supporters and Alameda’s political establishment enter the arena of political appointments.

Alameda Mayor, City Council Earn Little

Elected civil servants in Alameda aren’t compensated handsomely for their service, which some fear may limit the pool for candidates.

Debate Continues on Alameda Body Camera Usage

Alameda is getting body cameras for the police department, but the policy governing usage is vaguer than some observers would like.

Do 'The Kevins' Know Something Other Politicians Don't Know?

Alameda numbers guys City Treasurer Kevin Kennedy and City Auditor Kevin Kearney have a lot to say about the city’s finances, but does it matter?

City Planner Andrew Thomas Urges Young Alamedas to Speak Up

One municipal employee wants the next generation to be informed so they can intelligently affect the planning process.

Loving the Laurel District

Dine at the Sequoia Diner and snack on Peter’s Kettle Corn; shop locally at Beast Oakland or browse Vista Madera’s horsey shelves; and explore the Laurel Art Garden or take a class at The Taoist Center.

Jim Oddie Balances Public Affiliations

An Alameda city council member works as an aid to a legislature whose district includes Alameda. While not unprecedented, the situation does present potential for dilemma.

To Build or Not to Build

To keep up with changing trends in fitness, the Harbor Bay Club wants to reinvent itself. So what—or who—has been stopping it?

Careful What You Wish For, Mayor Spencer

After just four months on the job, Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer has encountered growing pains. Some opponents from her six years on the Alameda school board are champing at the bit to capitalize on her transition to the mayor’s office, drawing attention to her perceived missteps and the ineffectiveness of her laissez-faire management style.