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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.
Alameda police are rescinding a ticket they gave a homeless veteran on a charge he was illegally living in his car. On October 1, the department asked the Alameda County Superior Court to dismiss a ticket issued to Aaron Colyer after police found him sitting in a parking lot in his van. Read more >> about The Broad Brush: Your news in 60 seconds
Alameda’s Rent Review Advisory Committee reviews complaints about potentially excessive rent increases and tries to mediate disputes between landlords and renters over a touchy subject that both may have a tough time discussing unaided: Money.
The committee, which meets monthly as complaints arise, is Alameda’s primary tool for addressing rent disputes. Chairperson Karen Miller says its approach has produced solutions for renters grappling with steep increases and poor property conditions. Read more >> about Rents Blog: The Rent Review Advisory Committee
The Recreation and Park Commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 9 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Read more >> about The Agenda: Sunshine ordinance changes, Alameda Point leases
Rising rents are becoming a hot topic around town, and it's no mystery why: More than half of Alameda's homes are rentals, and nearly half of Island residents rent. We're starting this blog in an effort to answer your questions about the trajectory of rent costs in Alameda and the number of people whose housing may be impacted by them. Read more >> about Rents blog: An introduction
The Social Service Human Relations Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 2 in Conference Room 360 on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Read more >> about The Agenda: Alameda Point developer open house, homeless count