Council Approves New Facility and Street Naming Policy to Be More Inclusive

At its Oct. 19 meeting, City Council voted to update its City Facilities and Street Naming Policy to include a new public process and broaden the naming criteria to better represent the community...

Dr. Ardella Dailey
Board of Education Welcomes Dr. Ardella Dailey

At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Ardella Dailey to fill the seat vacated by former Board President Mia Bonta, who resigned to serve in the California...

Volunteers picking up trash along the western shoreline  of the Seaplane Lagoon, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021
Volunteers Clean Up Trash at Future De-Pave Park Shoreline

It was an unsightly mess that motivated concerned residents to spring into action.

About 20 volunteers showed up on Sunday morning, Oct. 17, to pick up the blanket of litter along the...

New Jobs Coming: Planning Board Approves Astra Conditional-Use Permit

On Oct. 11, the Planning Board approved Astra Space Inc.’s application for an approximately 14-acre conditional-use permit for rocket research and development, light manufacturing, and indoor...

Jets Defense Bails Team Out in Gritty League Win

By Encinal Journalism

As the Encinal Jets entered the fourth quarter down 22-18 to Berkeley High School, they turned to a player they’ve relied on numerous times this season: junior Marques...

Annabel Jones - (top) Encinal High School quarterback Garrett Deatherage throws one of his six touchdowns against Newark Memorial on August 27. (left) Jets running back Fred Tyler runs for a short gain against the Cougars on the road in the first game of the 2021 Fall season. The 48-6 victory was the Jets’ first win since the 2019 season.
Jets, Hornets Win Openers

Encinal Journalism

Encinal High School (EHS) defeated Newark Memorial, 48-6, last Friday night in the season opener for the Jets.

Senior quarterback Garrett Deatherage threw a...

Junior Golf Season Ends
Junior Golf Season Ends

Alameda Junior Golf season drew to a close last Wednesday, Aug. 11. The golfers, ages 7 to 13, played their last rounds for the 2021 season at the Mif Albright Par-3 Golf Course in Corica Park....

Oakland Public LIbrary, Oakland History Room
Enjoy Old-Time Baseball at Washington Park

Dennis Evanosky

This Saturday, July 11, the Oakland Colonels will treat Alamedans to a base ball (two words, please) game that follows 1886 rules and etiquette. The players will use 1886...

Alamedan Wins NCAA 5,000 Meter

Last Friday, June 11, in Eugene, Ore. at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, Alamedan and University of Oregon runner Cooper Teare won the 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) with the second fastest time...

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...

AUSD Superintendent Gives Community Briefing
AUSD Superintendent Gives Community Briefing

Sun Staff Reports

Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Superintendent, Pasquale Scuderi, gave a community briefing on on Thursday, Aug. 20, via video, for school district staff and...

The Alameda High School Women’s Golf team poses after winning the 2021 - 2022 West Alameda County Conference Championship.
AHS Women’s Golf Wins WACC Championship

The Alameda High School Women’s Golf team poses after winning the 2021 - 2022 West Alameda County Conference Championship. The team will compete next in the California Interscholastic Federation’s...

Questions and Answers

No questions too big or too small
Parents wonder about what to expect - when should their child begin to talk or walk? Parents wonder about behaviors – like tantrums and showing affection....

Hey Kids! Did you know?

Alameda used to have a huge beach you could visit and frolic in? Here’s a picture of some kids just like you having fun in one of the pools at Neptune Beach. It used be near today’s Crab Cove. It...

 Congratulations towwwwww our scholars and their families. In no particular order; Alex Wu, Amanda Eduarda da Mata Silva, Amy Li, Cameron Furuichi Fong, Karen Rojas, Leah Fikermariam, Michelle Lin, Rina Munakata, Sahar Sadat, Aidan Vuong, Ella Chabre, Kenechi E Obiorah, Kyla Lum, Raquel Williams and Siem Tsegay.
Chamber Congratulates Scholarship Recipients

Sun Staff Reports

For the first time, the new Chamber Foundation awarded 15 scholarships to graduating seniors from Alameda high schools aimed at helping them continue their education....

Pictured from left to right: leaders Mark Sifling and Mike Panos, scout Henry Banchieri, leader Lee Rosen, scouts Brendan Cook, Eric Jarecki, Tibor Thompson, Andrew Jarecki, leader Neal Jarecki, scouts Zachary Quayle, Vander von Stroheim and Jonathan Hildreth.
Alameda’s Newest Eagles Take Flight

Sun Staff Reports

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Since its inception in 1911, only 4 percent of Scouts have earned this rank after...

At its Oct. 19 meeting, City Council voted to update its City Facilities and Street Naming Policy to include a new public process and broaden the naming criteria to better represent the community.

Recreation and Parks Department Director Amy Wooldridge said that the City considers naming public spaces powerful. This impact was evident during 2020 in the discussion of removing monuments of people with histories of racism and through the City’s renaming of Jackson Park to Chochenyo Park.

Feature Articles


photo credit Girls Inc. of the Island City (GIIC) announced that Pam Williams retired on June 17, 2021 after an extraordinary 36-year career with the organization
Island Arts
Jun, 24 2021
Sun Staff Reports Williams served as the Director of Alameda Island Kids (AIK) licensed...
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.


Craftsman Style Looks Forward to 20th Century

Dennis Evanosky

When the Arts and Crafts movement arrived in the United States the curtain had already begun to fall on the Victorian era. In 1897, four years before Queen Victoria’s death...

Colonial Revival Eclipses Queen Anne

The Colonial Revival style, which began in Philadelphia in 1876, blossomed into a movement and continued into the 20th century. The style was echoed there 22 years later with the 1898 restoration...

Victorian-era Architecture in Alameda — Queen Anne

Styles prevalent during the reign of Queen Victoria came to full blossom with the arrival of the Queen Anne style in 1876. Alameda Architect Charles Shaner, whose home in that very style is...

Rhythmix Art Walk Honors Alameda’s Historic Japantown1930s
Rhythmix Art Walk Honors Alameda’s Historic Japantown

Karin Kay Jensen

On September 17, Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) collaborated with community organizations to honor Alameda’s historic Japantown Neighborhood with a three-hour art walk....

Designers of the Italianate style shaped wood to resemble stone. In the early 1870s, architects allowed wood to resemble wood rather than forcing it to look like stone. This gave homes a simpler style that contemporaries called “modern,” later redefined as “Stick.”
‘Victorian’ Architecture in Alameda — the Stick Style

Three types of Stick-style houses have been identified: gabled roof, towered and townhouse. Each of these types had appeared in Alameda by the mid-1880s when this “modern” style had gained...