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Tam to Get Reimbursed; Animal Shelter May Be Saved, Managed by Alameda Group

After the Island’s weekly papers came out Friday, two news stories surfaced late June 17 on matters that have generated much interest and controversy in town.

First, there’s news that City Councilwoman Lena Tam is to be fully compensated for the $44,000 she spent defending herself against charges that she leaked confidential information to former Alameda Point developer SunCal, the local firefighters union and local bloggers and a reporter.

The City Council agreed to take this step on May 19. But the city said it would pay for Tam’s legal bills only yesterday in a news release, which came a week after Tam signed a release absolving the city of any further liability, the Bay Area News Group/Alameda Journal reported.

In another matter, the Alameda Animal Shelter may be saved, at least temporarily, after an eleventh-hour deal between the city and two animal advocate groups was reached yesterday, according to a separate Bay Area New Group/Alameda Journal report.

The city, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of Alameda reportedly signed a contract yesterday afternoon that could lead to the development of a non-profit organization run by Friends and the Humane Society to operate the shelter and keep its services in Alameda.

The City Council is expected to discuss shelter-related options on Tuesday, June 21. The shelter has five full-time staffers and also pays for the partial salaries of two police department supervisors, according to yesterday’s news report.

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Alameda Is in the News

Oak Street in Alameda has been a busy place for Bay Area TV stations this week.

On Friday afternoon, ABC 7′s “View from the Bay” filmed an interview with Jon Kosorek of Jon’s Street Eats at Oak and Santa Clara Avenue.

The gourmet-on-the-go chef was interviewed by Nick Smith at about 3 p.m., after an Alamedan tipped “View from the Bay” off to Jon’s yummy edibles.

The Alameda resident, Michelle, was glad to get the word out about Jon’s Street Eats mobile restaurant.

Jon is in Alameda every Wednesday and Friday from about 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. He sells items like macaroni and cheese, salmon-steak sandwiches, grilled asparagus and more.  

Just across the street from Street Eats, the parking lot for the Alameda Police Department was active with TV vans like the one standing by for KRON 4 (NBC).

With the story about Max the dog going around the Bay Area and nationwide Thursday, after Max was stolen by his owners from the Alameda Animal Shelter on Fortmann Way, the Island has been in the media spotlight.

At least one of the dog owners/thieves – Richard Cochran – will be in court next week over the incident.