Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter

The Alameda Police Department is offering free child safety seat inspections from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 26 in the parking lot at police headquarters, 1555 Oak Street.

The city and the East Bay Municipal Utility District are holding a public meeting to discuss potential changes to Alameda’s private sewer lateral ordinance from 10 a.m. to noon March 27 in council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. The ordinance details property owners’ responsibility for sewer lateral testing, repair, and replacement, particularly when a property is sold or transferred. The city’s current ordinance is available here.

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In the two years since Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter took the keys to the city's animal shelter - saving it from closure - the nonprofit has boosted the number of animals it serves, improved conditions and raised more money than the group needed to pay its share of running the shelter.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter has developed a strategic plan intended to guide the nonprofit’s operation of the Alameda Animal Shelter for the next three years.

The Wicked Witch of the West falls prey to Little House Cafe. Photo by Ken Carvalho.

Tom Stanley learned about the perils of marketing a business on the Internet the hard way, he said, when a Groupon deal he offered helped to crash his fledgling Philly cheesesteak shop. But he is an advocate of a new online effort that pairs businesses with local charities in an effort to help out both.

Stanley – who now operates the Little Old Fashioned Candie and Soda Pop Shop on Park Street – readily signed up with GiveGoods, a new social marketing website that offers businesses an easy opportunity to support local charities in a way that promotes charities and businesses alike.