Talk Back: California drought
Do you think California has done enough to address current drought conditions?

(Tell us why or why not?)
( Kristopher Skinner )
Tents set up in rent protest at Alameda City Hall

"The fear is palpable," said Catherine Pauling of the Alameda Renters Coalition, which organized the demonstration. "There's fear in the community. It's the first of October. How many tenants are experiencing a rent increase today?" 
The 128 units of family and senior housing will be built along Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway between Main Street and Ferry Point Way at the former Alameda Naval Air Station. The initial phase of the ambitious project, which the City Council unanimously approved in June, also calls for 182 multifamily units and 15,000 square feet of ground floor retail on a parcel adjacent to the affordable housing site.  
Jon Kawamoto
"We grow everything in our garden from summer crops such as corn, cucumbers, peppers, strawberries and melons to winter crops such as potatoes and carrots," said Gretchen Doering, the club's Seed to Table director, who teaches the students about plants and gardening -- and how to turn a bounty into something delicious to eat.  
The strategy, which would sidestep developers and target "end users," was set to go before the council on Tuesday. The council is now expected to consider it on Oct. 20. Once known as Site B and now called the Enterprise District, the area where city officials hope to attract developers is between Main Street and Central Avenue and borders what is known as the Seaplane Lagoon. Pacific Avenue cuts through the area, which was part of the former Alameda Naval Air Station.  
Ron Cowan, the developer behind Harbor Bay Isle, wants to move the club to North Loop Road in the Harbor Bay Business Park, saying it will better serve members. Harbor Bay Neighbors, a citizens group, wants the club to stay at its current location and maintain it was built to serve nearby residents.  
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Felines that are positive for the virus can remain healthy for months or years after their diagnosis, until the virus becomes active. Regardless of the length of its life, a cat with the virus can lead an incredibly happy life, just like any other cat.  
Courtesy of Vickie R. Smith
"I grew up in the projects in Alameda," Vickie Smith told AUSD in 2013. "I was one of six kids and we were poor. We didn't have a lot. So I understand what it is to come from hardship. In this economy, you can be on your feet one minute and then just one thing can take you down. Homelessness is not a choice; it happens for a variety of reasons, including domestic violence, a job layoff, an eviction and budget cuts. The important thing to remember is that all people want to be treated like everyone else. They don't want to be labeled."  
Let's start this week with a quick reminder that Monday is a staff development day in the Alameda Unified School District, which means that students have no school (but employees will be working).  
Jon Kawamoto
"It is a beautiful thing to have poetry, art and music in one space on the same evening. As artists, we reach out and cross-fertilize one another," explained Alameda poet laureate Julia Park Tracey.  
An automatic license plate reader attached to a patrol car alerted an officer about the vehicle, which was parked at Park Street and Encinal Avenue.  
(Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
Living like 'The Golden Girls': Shared housing for seniors a practical option

Home-sharing that includes splitting expenses, divvying up chores and keeping each other company has become an increasingly popular option for older single people who want to maintain independence, yet don't want to live alone.