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Council to consider changing abandoned vehicle ordinance


city_council_0612_groupphotoThe City Council is set to consider a stricter abandoned vehicle ordinance at its regular meeting tonight.

If enacted as written, the ordinance would require vehicles to be moved at least a mile every 72 hours. It would also limit the parking of heavy commercial and large vehicles on city streets and would bar the parking of RVs, trailers, boats and boat trailers on city streets.

In other council news, Mayor Beverly Johnson is set to ask her fellow dais-mates to consider an ordinance requiring 24-hour, on-site management of some of the Island’s apartment buildings. The number of units that would trigger the requirement is yet to be discussed.

Council to consider abandoned vehicle ordinance

City sponsors Santa visits

Council to consider abandoned vehicle ordinance

Santa’s making house calls in Alameda this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday, December 19 and 20, you can schedule a 10-minute Santa visit to your house. The cost is $25, payable to the Alameda Recreation and Park Department. (One visit per family; any changes cost an additional $15.)

For more information on the program and available times, you can go on ARPD’s website. To register, visit them in person by this Wednesday, December 16 at their office at 2226 Santa Clara Avenue; or fax a registration in with your MasterCard or VISA at 747-7566. (Phone and online registration are not available for the program.)

Council to consider abandoned vehicle ordinance

Firefighters, Raiders raise over $1,000 for charity

Council to consider abandoned vehicle ordinance

-8Alameda Firefighters IAFF Local 689 and the Oakland Raiders raised $1,001 for Alameda Meals on Wheels. The money came from group ticket sales to a recent Raiders game and donations from Alameda residents.

The event was one of several fundraising events the firefighters do throughout the year, including their “Fill the Boot” campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and an annual pancake breakfast to benefit burn victims.


  • Ken George says:

    Abandoned Vehicle ordinance?? We’ve already got one:
    “Alameda Municipal Code section 8-7.8 provides that:
    It shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave unattended any vehicle on the streets of the City of Alameda continuously for a period exceeding seventy-two (72) hours. Such vehicles may be towed to, and stored at, an impound facility at the vehicle owner’s expense. For the purposes of this section, a vehicle shall be considered parked or left unattended if it is not moved at least 0.10 miles within any continuous seventy-two (72) hour period. (Ord. No. 2618 N.S. § 1; Ord. No. 2761 N.S. § 1)”

    I suppose the rule could be expanded on but I’ve been told a couple of times in the last year or so that the Police Dept. doesn’t have enough people to properly enforce the code as it is. It typically takes 5 to 7 days to get APD to come out and mark a vehicle as it is. Even then the many owners who just leave their old junkers on the street for extended periods simply move them about 500′ and avoid the citation and towing.

  • Ken,

    Thanks for catching that. I went back and checked, and it looks like I misread the staff report. The corrected copy is above.

  • Barbara Thomas says:

    Any apartment building with 16 units or more already requires a live in manager under California law.

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