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Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft
Hearts are Heavy!

Every death is a tragedy that impacts many lives. On April 19, Mario Gonzalez, a 26 year-old Oakland resident died while in the custody of Alameda police officers.

This incident is being...

Townhall Discusses Gonzalez’s Death

Members of the Youth Activists of Alameda (YAOA) discussed police reform with Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and other Alameda officials at the mayor’s virtual town hall meeting Friday, April...

Courtesy photo
Island Chalk Artist Breaks New Record

Alameda artist Mark Lewis Wagner completed a second Guinness World Record-breaking drawing on Alameda Point this weekend. He again set a new record for largest chalk street-art by one artist at 18...

Gonzalez Investigations

City launches inquiries into death of man in police custody

Three independent investigations are being conducted to probe an Oakland man’s death while in Alameda police custody Monday,...

Alameda on Camera

Alicia Craia’s Masks on a String won Best of Show in the Youth Category in the 2021 Alameda on Camera event. “This annual juried show is worth seeing,” writes Karen Braun Malpas in her review. We...

Back in the swing

(Pictured at the right): Pepper and Paige thank each other with a golf-club tap after a match during the Alameda Junior Golf Club’s (AJGC) successful 2020 season. The players all wore masks, as...

Galen Walker &nbsp&nbsp Shortstop Jeriah Lewis batted .371 in his four-year career at Encinal High School.
Encinal Announces Athletes of the Year

Encinal High School (EHS) has recognized six scholar-athletes for their work in the classroom and on the field. Volleyball player Madelyn Macaskill has been named EHS Female Athlete of the Year...

Congrats to 2020 Grads

Encinal High School graduates including Danielle Payopay, left, celebrated their graduation at Alameda Theater on May 26. The Alameda Sun is planning a graduation special edition to be mailed to...

Keepin’ it Clean

Vince Hal, cashier at Alameda Natural Grocery, sprays disinfectant onto shopping baskets and carts. Shoppers enter incrementally after washing hands at the portable sinks or using hand-sanitizing...

Those Were the Days ...

The Alameda Sun shone bright in sunny Arizona where Lawrence Sasaki and friends had fun at spring training in Tempe, Ariz., back when everyone thought the season would proceed on a normal schedule...

Vanessa Jimenez, a medical assistant with National Labs, administers a COVID-19 test to Drew Sarratore, principal of Paden Elementary School. The Alameda Unified School District is launching a comprehensive COVID- 19 testing program for employees and teachers this month.
Teachers, Staff Get Tested

Sun Staff Reports

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) initiated the first phases of a comprehensive COVID19 testing program of staff on Feb. 3. The testing is a key component of the...

Got Medicare? Get Free COVID-19 Test

If you have Medicare and want to be tested for COVID-19, you should be aware that Medicare covers tests with no out-of-pocket costs. You can get tested in your home, doctor’s office, a local...

Seema Verma
How to Get Medicare Services at Home Now

At Medicare, we understand people may have concerns about going to a doctor’s office during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Like so many Americans, Medicare beneficiaries are...

Courtesy CDC &nbsp&nbsp The “social distancing” measures currently underway are designed to “flatten the curve” and extend medical resources and facilities’ ability to keep up with necessary care. Common sense behaviors prevent all kinds of illnesses.
Doctor Recommends Virus Precautions

In the 1970s, James Robb, MD FCAP — renowned pathologist, microbiologist and former professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego — became one of the first molecular virologists...

Original art by Colin Close &nbsp&nbsp A sensible diet and regular exercise are two keys to a healthy heart.
What the ‘Heart’ Can I Do to Stay Healthy?

Nearly 1 in 3 deaths in America are related to heart disease. More than 50 years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed as February American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease many attribute...

Youth Speak out in Chalk

Alameda High School student Raymi Shimada, 17, creates chalk art messages in support of the Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community on Park Street. Local students, and teacher Todd...

School Sports Teams Up and Running

After nearly a year-long suspension, Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) high school sports have been coming back on line as of March 1. Swimming and diving, track and field, girls tennis,...

Rafael Arredondo  Augstine Tautalatasi eludes a tackle against Alameda High
High Schools Refresh Rivalry on Field, Diamond

“It wasn’t the best and it wasn’t the worst, just felt good to strap up and go against a different team.”
— Cordell Reed

Encinal Journalism
Island Bowl Scrimmage for Pride...

Art Auction Starts Today

Sun Staff Reports

Art and pet lovers can log on now to take part in the first-ever “Paw Prints,” a collaborative fundraiser for the Frank Bette Center for the Arts and Friends of the...

Junior Golf Season Ready to Begin

Sun Staff Reports

Alameda Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and Youth on Course is busy getting ready for the 2021 junior golf season. AJGA boardmember and volunteer Lynn Perata is giving out...

Every death is a tragedy that impacts many lives. On April 19, Mario Gonzalez, a 26 year-old Oakland resident died while in the custody of Alameda police officers.

This incident is being carefully examined by criminal investigations initiated by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. An independent outside investigation, requested by City Manager Eric Levitt, is also being conducted by the Renne Public Law Group.

Feature Articles

Simple: eat local, collect points, win prizes
Feature Articles
May, 05 2021

The City of Alameda’s month-long celebration of the many bold flavors of Alameda has begun. Flavors of Alameda launched May 1, with more than 50 participating restaurants.

Feature Articles
May, 05 2021

A new exhibit of original artworks dubbed Mother Tree will go on display at the Rhythmix Cultural Works K Gallery on Saturday, May 15.

Courtesy photo     A new 277-page book by Hornet Museum Docents features humor, poetry and more. Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit Alameda’s favorite aircraft carrier.
Feature Articles
Apr, 27 2021

A new book of USS Hornet docent stories has been compiled by longtime museum contributor Dennis de Freitas.

LIFESTYLE

These illustrations, perhaps appropriate and stylish for the time, accompanied an article and advertisements in the Encinal. The depictions of policemen in the image at left may have meant to discourage drunken revelers and “roughs” known to frequent Alameda’s bayside resorts and multiple drinking establishments.
History|Island Arts
Apr, 08 2021
On an auspicious date in Alameda history often overlooked, Aug. 8, 1902, at 7:30 a.m., the Alameda...
Island Arts|Kids Stuff
Nov, 05 2020
The Alameda Education Foundation brings together artists Salma Arastu, Nia Jourdan (Virginia...
Maurice Ramirez &nbsp&nbsp A Gamelan Sekar Jaya dancer entertains students during a live performance before the COVID-19 outbreak. Zoom performances are now the norm. Rhythmix Cultural Works will host a Zoom program on Saturday, Aug. 29, to help raise funds for its PAL program.
Island Arts
Aug, 20 2020
Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) is embarking on one of its most ambitious arts undertakings this year...
Island Arts
Aug, 20 2020
Once made promises Daily now badly broken History repeats.
Editorial|Island Arts
Aug, 13 2020
The season to return to school is near, A time of woe for some, for others cheer, Tradition was...

History

BayAreaRailFan.org The red lines on this 1911 map depict the Alameda streetcar system under the aegis of the Oakland Traction Company, which was part of Francis Marion “Borax” Smith’s Key System. The black dotted lines show the Southern Pacific Railroad’s broad-guage tracks that would become part of the East Bay Electic Lines the year this map was created. East Bay Electric Lines carried the Big Reds. Note the absence of today’s Coast Guard Island at the word “Harbor.” The federal government did not create
Borax’ Smith Takes Over

Dennis Evanosky

Part two in a series

Streetcar service began here in 1875, when the Alameda, Oakland & Piedmont’s (AO&P) horsecar line first carried passengers through town...

William Gardiner Transportation Collection     This building stood at Atlantic Avenue and Webster Street. It served first as a carbarn and stables for Theodor Meetz’ horse-car lines and later as a power station when the lines were converted to electic-powered streetcars, like the one pictured.
Horse-Drawn Streetcars Once Plied Our Streets

Part one in a series

Mid-19th-century Alamedans did not have a convenient way to travel to Oakland. This was especially true for West Enders who had to travel — oftentimes walk— across the...

These illustrations, perhaps appropriate and stylish for the time, accompanied an article and advertisements in the Encinal. The depictions of policemen in the image at left may have meant to discourage drunken revelers and “roughs” known to frequent Alameda’s bayside resorts and multiple drinking establishments.
Alameda Celebrates Rebirth as ‘Island City’

On an auspicious date in Alameda history often overlooked, Aug. 8, 1902, at 7:30 a.m., the Alameda peninsula was detached from the mainland after decades of engineering work. “The city attained to...

Councilmember John Knox White attempts to excavate the first remains ever discovered of the elusive dinosaur species known as the “Alamedont.” The creature is known for its singular giant tooth, shown above.
Island Shocked by Discovery of New Fossil ‘Alamedont’

Residents near the East End shoreline were surprised to discover their neighborhood was once the site of a Jurassic-era watering hole. Recent record-high tides helped expose a bone sticking out of...

The Alameda Daily Evening Encinal newspaper of Sept. 25, 1894, carried this conceptual sketch of a new potential Alameda City Hall. The paper boldly tried to convince its readers the cost of construction was a good investment.
Newspaper Attempts to Convince Alameda Community it Needs a City Hall

At an initial proposed cost of $226,380, the construction of Alameda City Hall proved a serious investment for Alameda residents. Converting roughly to $6.9 million according to online inflation...