Alameda News

rn colony at Alameda Point were sold out again this year. Three groups totaling about 100 people listened to a presentation about the endangered birds before boarding a bus at the Crab Cove Visitors’ Center.

It is the only time that the general public is permitted to enter the federally owned former aircraft runway area to view the terns nesting. Guests are not allowed to leave the bus.

As the fourth of July festivities approach, the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) reminds Alamedans that the use of fireworks of any kind is prohibited here. "Although they are a wonderful way to celebrate Independence Day fireworks are illegal and very dangerous. When in the hands of an untrained individual, fireworks can have deadly consequences," AFD stated in a press release.

AFD asks residents who observe the use of fireworks of any kind to call 911.

Google subsidiary launches experiment at old Navy base

Local residents noticed Google’s Makani Power rolled out its latest project at Alameda Point last Thursday. The company hopes to harness wind power from the jet stream using "energy kites." Makani explains on its website that an energy kite is a new type of wind turbine that can access stronger and steadier winds at higher altitudes. This helps to generate more energy using less material.

The system Makani is pioneering has four components.

Alameda has a new sister city in Dumaguete, which is in Negros Oriental in the Philippines. Manuel Sagarbarria, the mayor of Dumaguete, right, visited Alameda last Saturday. Above, Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese looks on as Mayor Trish Spencer receives a miniature Dumaguete Cathedral belfry, fashioned in Dumaguete of semi-precious stones. Dumaguete joins Alameda’s sister cities Lidingo, Sweden; Arita, Japan; and Wuxi, China.

The Planning Board gave a tentative nod to the affordable senior housing planned for property at Buena Vista Avenue and Sherman Street. If the plan moves forward the 32-foot tall building, pictured above, would stand cheek-on-jowl to the Del Monte warehouse building.

As part of the $125 million Del Monte development, Tim Lewis Communities agreed to build 55 units of affordable housing. The apartment complex under consideration by the Planning Board would contain 31 units. Lewis will also provide 24 more units for moderate-income residents in the main building.