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City of Alameda -- The project will reduce the existing two through lanes to one through lane in each direction, a center two-way left-turn lane, two Class II bicycle lanes, and parking within the project limits.
Caltrans to Repave Encinal Avenue

Caltrans is scheduled to begin repaving and making other improvements to Encinal Avenue (SR-61) between Broadway and Sherman Street in December. The improvement project is designed to provide...

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Council OK’s Universal Basic Income Program

At its Nov. 15 meeting, the City Council authorized the City Manager to execute two contracts to administer the Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) Pilot Program, which will distribute some of the city’...

City of Alameda -- City Council approved the Housing Element with a 3-2 vote at the Nov. 15 council meeting.
Council Approves Housing Element

At its Nov. 15 meeting, the City Council adopted the 2023-2031 Housing Element update with a 3-2 vote. In doing so, Alameda becomes the first city in the Bay Area to adopt their Housing Element...

Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft
Election Results Update (Part 2)

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters released the seventh update of the Nov. 8 General Election results Monday, Nov. 21.

Mayoral Race
Incumbent Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft leads in the...

Mandie Cline -- Ruby Bridges with Ruby Bridges Elementary School's Student Council at the Walk to School Day event on Monday, Nov. 14.
Ruby Bridges Attends School Event in Her Honor

Civil Rights activist Ruby Bridges visited the Ruby Bridges Elementary (RBE) School Monday, Nov. 14, on the 62nd anniversary of her courageous walk to help desegregate public schools in America...

Alameda Soccer Club -- The Alameda Soccer Club 2013G Red team celebrates after winning the NorCal Premier State Cup Gold 3.
ASC Islanders Win U10 Premier Cup

The Alameda Soccer Club (ASC) 2013G Red team won the NorCal Premier Soccer U10 Gold 3 championship after defeating Tiburon Peninsula Soccer Club Sharks 2013 Girls team, 2-0, in the finals on Nov....

Charles Penalver -- The Alameda Asteroids (in the yellow shirts) competed in a middle school cross country event last month.
AEF Hosts Cross Country Meet

The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) Asteroids cross country team hosted a meet on Oct. 26 at Crab Cove.

Eleven teams representing 190 sixth to eighth graders participated in four...

’s tennis team qualified for the North Coast Section Div. 1 tennis tournament, which was held on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The team pictured at the WACC Foothill tournament on Nov. 5.
High School Sports Results: Oct. 31 to Nov. 6

Football
• Alameda High School (AHS) defeated American of Fremont, 44-24 (Nov. 4) — season over.
• Encinal High School (EHS) lost to James Logan High of Union City, 44-6 (Nov. 4) —...

Hornets Land the Final Sting

The Alameda High School (AHS) football team ended their regular season in style, sending longtime coach Steve Yamasaki into retirement with a 44-24 defeat of American High School of Fremont in...

John Sachs -- Coach Steve Yamasaki (right) receiving a California Coaches Association award at a ceremony earlier this year.
Farewell to Coach Yam

On Friday, Nov. 4, legendary Alameda High School football coach Steve Yamasaki was honored at halftime during the Hornets' last home game of the year at Thompson Field. Earlier in the season...

Dr. Natalie  Gelman
Raising Children

I continue to be surprised at how many parents do not teach their children to participate in responsibilities around the house. We set a model for how our children will be as they grow, and we...

Dr. Natalie  Gelman
We Are Able to Change

I saw an interview with Merry Clayton. She was a back ground singer in the 60’s. The documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom included much of the work she did. She was a Raylette, when she worked...

PG&E Offers Californians Lifesaving Tips for National Preparedness Month

Sun Staff Reports

The fall season has begun, and bone-dry drought conditions have made the western United States a tinderbox prime for wildfires. That, combined with the threat of...

Alameda Family Services to Assist City in Responding to Mental Health Crises
Alameda Family Services to Assist City in Responding to Mental Health Crises

Karin Kim Jensen

At the September 21st City Council meeting, the Council authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute an agreement with Alameda Family Services (AFS) to provide...

The Generation Gap

A few years ago, the font on my email became very tiny. I explored trying to figure out how to change it, and I was unsuccessful. I called my daughter and asked her to help me. She told me to go...

Photo credit: Emily Pabarcus -- Encinal High’s Model UN team on the campus of UC Berkeley for the school’s Fall Conference on Nov. 12.
Encinal’s Model UN Attends Debate Conference

Encinal High School’s Model United Nations (MUN) attended UC Berkeley’s Fall Conference Nov. 12-13.

“I’ve attended online conferences before, but this is my first in person conference,”...

Kristen Smeal -- Fourth graders Victor Kemp and William Markus saving fava beans at St. Philip Neri Garden.
School Gardens Bridge the Gap Between School and Community

During World War I, school gardens materialized as an effort to utilize idle land on urban and suburban school properties. Food was grown at schools for local community food security, to increase...

Nga Nguyen -- The bridge pictured above was able to hold 70lbs of weights.
Engineering Paper Bridge Project at Wood Middle School

Students in Wood Middle School (WMS) Technology and Design (TAD) classes took part in the Paper Truss Bridge Challenge at the school Nov. 8 to 10. For the past 12 weeks, TAD students had been...

Alameda Scouts to Canvass Island for Food Donations

Alameda Scouts such as Austin Britton (left) and Alys Cochrane fanned out across the Island last weekend to leave doorhangers at the homes where they will pick up donations for the annual Scouting...

Rak Bhalla -- Ryan Liu (second from left) held a Solar Walk along Shoreline Trail to educate the community on the Solar System.
Alameda Scout Conducts Solar Walk

Alameda Troop 2 Boy Scout Ryan Liu recently completed a special Eagle Scout project with the cooperation of Alameda Parks and Recreation Department (ARPD) and Chabot Space and Science Center....

Caltrans is scheduled to begin repaving and making other improvements to Encinal Avenue (SR-61) between Broadway and Sherman Street in December. The improvement project is designed to provide motorists with a smoother ride and enhancing safety for pedestrians and wheelchair users.

Feature Articles

Mia Schneider -- La Mixta Criolla performs at Fiesta Alameda last Saturday.

The West End Arts District organized their final event of 2022, in celebration of the Latin music and culture in the Bay Area.

Rick Lewis -- What is that duck? A common question as birders try to identify a duck riding the waves off of Alameda's coastline during the Oakland Christmas Bird Count.
Feature Articles
Nov, 09 2022

Last year, on the third Sunday in December, I walked with four other birders along the path from Otis Street at the Bay Farm Island bridge to Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, along the beach to Washing

Rick Lewis -- This Western Gull with a fishhook caught in its bill will have trouble catching and eating food and may starve to death.
Feature Articles
Oct, 20 2022

Alameda’s long, accessible Bay shoreline offers ample opportunity for recreational fishing. At some times of the year and in some places, the fishing can be excellent.

Pat Bowen -- Kiwanis Club Division 2 Lt. Governor Jim Becker installed Henry Ching as Kiwanis Alameda’s new president at the Early Autumn celebration on Oct. 12.
Feature Articles
Oct, 19 2022

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda will celebrate its 100th anniversary all year long, from the beginning of the Kiwanis Year, Oct. 1, until its conclusion, Sept.30, 2023.

Feature Articles
Sep, 06 2022

About this time each year, as I scan any gathering of gulls resting near the shore in Alameda, I suddenly stop. Why does that mid-sized gull look grey, rather than white or smudged brown?

LIFESTYLE

Courtesy photo -- The Alameda High School (AHS) drama department will be performing Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory this weekend.
Island Arts
Nov, 15 2022
For this year’s Fall play, the Alameda High School (AHS) drama department is putting on Radium...
Island Arts
Nov, 11 2022
Saturday, Nov. 12 Hands-On Composting Workshop — In person, 10 a.m. to noon; APC Farm2Market (...
Mia Schneider -- La Mixta Criolla performs at Fiesta Alameda last Saturday.
The West End Arts District organized their final event of 2022, in celebration of the Latin music...
Mia Schneider -- The winner of the pumpkin pie eating contest smashes the big pumpkin.
The Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) Harvest Festival took place Saturday, Nov. 5, at the APC’s...
Friday, Nov. 4 Alameda Hornet Football Game — in person, 7 p.m.; Thompson Field All ages, COME...

History

Special Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Exhibits Displayed at the USS Hornet Museum

The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum is displaying several exhibits celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage. The three special exhibits are in the Hangar Bay for guests to...

Bataan Death March 80th Anniversary Commemoration at the USS Hornet Museum

The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum, in partnership with the Bataan Legacy Historical Society, the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society and the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor...

Museum Hosts Black History Month Exhibit

The USS Hornet Museum is partnering with the Walking Ghosts of Black History to present a special exhibit for Black History Month.

The African American Medal of Honor Winners, Significant...

Firefighters were able to  stop the flames from jumping Park Street except  at Webb. Flames spared the rest of the west side  of Park, but badly damaged the east side.
The Great Park Street Fire

Smoke still pours from a fire neighborhood east of Park that destroyed much of the Street along Santa Clara and Webb avenues on Jan. 7, 1920. This is a detail of a panorama taken from Webb by an...

A close look at this painting  reveals the fence that now  defines the entrance to Lincoln  Park. The home pictured here  was once the residence of R. R.  Thompson, who supplied the city  with its drinking water. Thompson  Avenue bears his name. Read more  about Thompson and the fate of this  palatial mansion .
Steamboat Captain once Called Alameda Home

A close look at this painting reveals the fence that now defines the entrance to Lincoln Park. The home pictured here was once the residence of R. R. Thompson, who supplied the city with its...