Alameda Police investigating reports of armed individuals confronting MLK caravan

A caravan of demonstrators honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, while attempting to shine a light on police misconduct, were met in Alameda by a man brandishing a rifle. The roving demonstration arrived in Alameda at the home of Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, where the individual confronted the group. The firearm was … Continue reading Alameda Police investigating reports of armed individuals confronting MLK caravan

Trish Spencer plots a return to the Alameda City Council

Alameda's Trish Herrera Spencer was the self-proclaimed "people's mayor," but voters dismissed her from office two years ago after just one term. Perhaps, this fall Spencer is hoping to rebrand herself as the "people's councilmember"? Spencer pulled papers earlier this month to run for one of two at-large seats this November on the Alameda City … Continue reading Trish Spencer plots a return to the Alameda City Council

Alameda police chief moved to vastly reduce calls for service rules without input from city officials

While Alameda largely avoided the type of civil unrest seen in neighboring cities earlier this month, an incident involving the arrest of Mali Watkins, an Alameda resident who is black, for dancing and exercising in the street on May 23, continues to roil City Hall. Alameda Poice Chief Paul Rolleri, without the input of city … Continue reading Alameda police chief moved to vastly reduce calls for service rules without input from city officials

To protest Alameda Police, residents danced in the streets

For some Alamedans, the absurdity of a black man being arrested by local police for dancing and exercising in the street called for a healthy dose of mockery towards law enforcement's actions. Hundreds of Alamedans danced to Prince, Whitney Houston, and other songs on Sunday afternoon to protest the May 23 arrest of Alameda resident … Continue reading To protest Alameda Police, residents danced in the streets

Alameda Police tweet conjuring city’s racial past falls flat

An image posted by Alameda Police Department on Twitter showing four female police officers apparently guarding the Park Street Bridge was strongly criticized on social media Wednesday for failing to understand the historical significance of the act. The image, posted on Tuesday, but later deleted, showed the female police officers, each wearing protective masks, and … Continue reading Alameda Police tweet conjuring city’s racial past falls flat

Alameda school trustee apologizes for DUI arrest; said she will not resign

Alameda school trustee Jennifer Williams apologized Tuesday night for her arrest last month for alleged drunk driving. Williams' comments came during the school board's meeting, and as her colleagues were calling for revisions to the board's bylaws regarding personal conduct. "I apologize for bringing this embarrassment to my family, and this board," Williams said. The … Continue reading Alameda school trustee apologizes for DUI arrest; said she will not resign

Doing its part, Alameda passes gun-safety ordinances

Alameda became one of the first city's in the East Bay to approve gun-safety ordinances that regulate safe storage of firearms in homes, and video surveillance of legal gun purchases at retail outlets and dealers. Alameda elected officials unanimously approved the pair of ordinances on Tuesday night as a response to epidemic-level gun violence in … Continue reading Doing its part, Alameda passes gun-safety ordinances

Alameda school board member arrested

Alameda school boardmember Jennifer Williams was arrested last week on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Williams was pulled over by Alameda Police on Feb. 12 just before 10:30 p.m. on the 900 block of High Street, near Otis Drive, according the department's activity log. "Suspect displayed the objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication … Continue reading Alameda school board member arrested