North Park Street hearing delayed

The public hearing before the City Council on rezoning the North Park Street neighborhood will take place April 2.

City officials pulled the item from the March 19 agenda because the 220 pages of documents published for public review was incomplete and so violated the city's Sunshine Law.

If the City Council approves the draft code on April 2, a second reading for adoption will take place April 16. The new code would take effect 30 days later on May 16.

Arson near Oakland Raiders facility

A car fire at the Oakland Raiders' training facility early Tuesday appears to be the result of arson, Alameda police said.

Nobody was injured and the Raiders' facility at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway never was threatened by the blaze, which started just before 4 a.m. and destroyed a BMW, police Lt. Jill Ottaviano said.

Emergency crews were dispatched after an employee at the facility showed up to work and saw the BMW fully covered in flames, Ottaviano said.

The BMW also was missing all four of its tires, Alameda Fire Division Chief Daren Olson said. A license plate was melted beyond recognition, and the car had no identifying information on it, Ottaviano said.

Fire crews put out the fire within 15 minutes, Olson said.

Change of command for Coast Guard cutter


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Coast Guard Capt. Mark Frankford assumed command of the cutter Bertholf from Capt. Thomas Crabbs aboard the vessel as it was docked at Coast Guard Island on March 15.

A graduate of the Coast Guard Academy in 1988, Frankford's previous assignments include commanding the cutter Acushnet until its decommissioning in 2011.

Frankford was recently at the Pentagon, where he served as Coast Guard Liaison Officer and Chief of the Homeland Defense and Theater Security Division on the Joint Staff.

While Crabbs was in command, the Bertholf seized 2,300 kilograms of contraband in 2011 and participated in the world's largest naval exercise, the "Rim of the Pacific" in 2012.

USS Hornet takes part in S.F. History Expo

The USS Hornet museum participated in the San Francisco History Expo on March 2-3 at The Old Mint in San Francisco.

During the event, which showcased San Francisco history, museum representatives highlighted the aircraft carrier's role in World War II and its work as the primary recovery ship for the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 lunar missions.

The event also featured a vintage 1929 Mack hook and ladder fire truck, artifacts from the San Francisco Museum and Historic Society and rare coins.

Tam, Vital featured speakers at forum

Board of Education President Nielsen Tam and Superintendent Kirsten Vital of the Alameda Unified School District will present "the State of Alameda's Public Schools" during the League of Women Voters of Alameda's free public forum at Cardinal Point from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 28.

President Tam and Superintendent Vital will outline the district's accomplishments and successes during 2012 as well as the challenges facing AUSD in 2013, from rising student test scores and graduation rates to complex district finances and facilities upgrades. They will discuss issues including the combining of schools like ACLC and Wood Middle School and the effects of state and federal actions on local school financing. The public is welcome at this free program.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation at Cardinal Point, a wheelchair-accessible residential facility at 2431 Mariner Square Drive near the estuary in west Alameda. Parking is nearby and the main entrance is on the estuary side of the building, across from Pasta Pelican.

The LWVA will videotape this forum for community access and post a link on its web site.

Apply now for summer city recreation jobs

The Recreation and Park Department is accepting applications from people seeking jobs this summer as recreation and day camp leaders as well as in its aquatics department.

All jobs are part-time with no benefits. Hours vary between 20 to 30 hours a week, depending on the position and responsibilities. Salary starts at $8 per hour.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old, demonstrate good judgment, relate well to children and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Those who are positive, creative, able to lead activities and are energetic when engaging with children between 6 and 10 years old are highly encouraged to apply for the summer positions, according to the department.

Application are available at 2226 Santa Clara Ave. or at http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/Recreation/Employment-Opportunities. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, call 510-747-7529.

Vintage Fashion Faire scheduled for Friday

Sandra Michaan, co-founder and co-producer of the popular monthly Alameda Point Antiques Faire and vice president of Michaan's Auctions, announces the spring Alameda Point Fashion Vintage Faire with a "Tiki Style" costume contest at the historic "O" Club, 641 West Red Line Ave. at Alameda Point. The event will be held Friday and Saturday.

The "O" in "O" Club" stands for "Officers," and the officers who frequented this club certainly dined in style. It was built at the Alameda Naval Air Station in 1941.

The Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire will have a preview party on Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. with live entertainment by a tropical style band. There will be a "Tiki Style" costume contest with prizes for every entry, including a $100 voucher for first prize to shop the show.

Admission is $10 (21 and older only) including a readmission to Saturday's Faire.

On Saturday, the indoor show will be a vintage fashion extravaganza for all ages.

Cost is $5 general admission Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $10 early buy admission, preview party and sale on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Children 16 and under free with a paid adult on Saturday.

Free e-waste recycling event on Saturday

Bring unwanted electronic equipment, such as TVs, monitors, printers, computers and more to a free e-waste recycling event in Alameda from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The event will take place at the Community of Harbor Bay Isle, 3195 Mecartney Road, in the community center parking lot. It is being held by Electronic Waste Management at California-certified e-waste collector. All e-waste collected will be recycled in the United States. Visit www.noewaste.com or call 866-335-3373 for accepted and nonaccepted items and more information.

Weekly market to start at College of Alameda

East Bay shoppers will have a new weekend destination beginning Saturday, when the College of Alameda will host its first weekly outdoor market, sponsored by the West End Flea Market.

The market will be a one-stop shopping and entertainment event for families, featuring live music, kids' activities and shopping for vintage items, antiques, toys and collectibles. Food vendors will rotate weekly and will include barbecue and Mexican cuisine, Beulah's Bean coffee and Peter's Kettle Corn.

The market will be held every Saturday, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The College of Alameda is at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. More information at www.getstuffedevents.com.

Columbia College to defer military tuition

In light of federal cuts to military tuition assistance for service members, Columbia College will defer tuition charges for the term beginning Monday while military students seek other funding.

For those unable to secure other financial assistance, the college will offer a no-liability withdrawal policy or an extended six-month payment plan for those affected.

"This is an opportunity to show our military students how much we value their service to our country as we support the goal of higher education for all," Mike Lederle, assistant dean for military and federal programs, said in a statement. "Columbia College has been a leader in military education since 1973, and we will continue to serve our service member students and assist them during this period of transition."

In 2011, more than 8,500 military students received tuition assistance for Columbia College coursework. For information, go to www.ccis.edu.