City of Alameda -- The city transferred a .11-acre parcel to Alta Buena Vista LLC. The parcel will act as an entrance way into the Alta Star Harbor housing development.
Council Approves Land Transfer Near Del Monte Site

The Alameda City Council approved an ordinance granting a parcel swap between the city and Alta Buena Vista Owner, LLC., the developer of the Del Monte Warehouse Project....

Alameda High Instagram -- Alameda High quarterback Eli Slez makes a pass during the Island Bowl. The Island Bowl, Alameda’s “Big Game” pits the Alameda Hornets against their crosstown rival, the Encinal High School’s Jets once each year.
Hornets Win 68th Island Bowl, 34-0

Decisive victory East End high school’s first since 2015

The Alameda High School (AHS) football team broke a six-game Island Bowl losing streak with a convincing 34-0...

Courtesy Alameda County Board of Supervisors
County Board Declares Homelessness Emergency

At its Sept. 19 meeting, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to authorize a countywide homelessness state of emergency.

The resolution directs the county’s Office of...

Portola Music Festival -- Last year many Alameda residents complained about loud noise during the Portola Music Festival in San Francisco.
City Warns Residents of Possible Noise Levels

Alameda residents should be on alert for loud noise this weekend from the Portola Music Festival in San Francisco. The event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1 from 1 to 11p.m...

Alameda Unified School District -- A rendering of the new Wood Middle School campus.
Wood School Rebuild Update

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) recently gave an update on the new construction project at Wood Middle School.

In a...

Photo courtesy Dan Domagas
Alameda Little Leaguer Wins Sportsmanship Award

Nico Domagas played his first season in Alameda Little League in the T-Ball division this past Spring. He played with the Balter A’s. At the end of the season, his coach, Leo Balter, gave him the...

Alameda High Instagram -- Alameda High quarterback Eli Slez makes a pass during the Island Bowl. The Island Bowl, Alameda’s “Big Game” pits the Alameda Hornets against their crosstown rival, the Encinal High School’s Jets once each year.
Hornets Win 68th Island Bowl, 34-0

Decisive victory East End high school’s first since 2015

The Alameda High School (AHS) football team broke a six-game Island Bowl losing streak with a convincing 34-0...

SJND Volleyball Instagram -- The SJND volleyball team won two matches this week including a straight sweep against Valley Christian in a total of 48 minutes.
Alameda Sports Weekly Roundup: Sept. 18 to 24


  • Alameda High School (AHS) defeated Encinal High School, 34-0 (Sept. 22)
  • Encinal High School (EHS) lost to Alameda High School, 34-0 (Sept. 22)
Alameda High Flag Football Instagram -- The Alameda High girls’ flag football team celebrates after defeating Piedmont High, 13-0, in the school’s first ever flag football game on Sept. 14.
Inaugural Flag Football Season Begins

Alameda and Encinal high schools scored victories in their first sanctioned flag football games on Thursday, Sept. 14.

The Alameda High School (AHS) flag football team defeated Piedmont...

CastroCoaching Instagram -- Alameda High junior Naveen Dawson and senior Nate Carter (right) cross the finish line together at the Nike De La Salle Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Alameda Sports Weekly Roundup: Sept. 11 to 17


  • Alameda High School (AHS): no games
  • Encinal High School (EHS) lost to Piedmont High School, 41-3 (Sept. 15)

Women’s Volleyball:

Courtesy Centre for Neuro Skills -- The BEFAST acronym stands for Balance, Eyes, Face, Arms, Speech and Time. If the first five appear, it’s time call 911.
BEFAST: The Acronym That Can Save Lives

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, affecting approximately 795,000 people each year. Per the American Stroke Association (ASA), “a stroke occurs when a blood vessel...

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...

Chris Setera -- The IslandHacks organizers put on the Hackathon event that was attended by 80 students.
Coding craze: Island Hackathon Inspires Alameda Students

On Sept. 16, 80 high schoolers from all over Alameda gathered at Encinal High School’s media center to participate in a coding hackathon. The event, hosted by IslandHacks, exceeded expectations as...

Student Board Members Announced

At its Aug. 22 meeting, the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education appointed two new student board members alongside returning member Talia Kotovsky of Alameda High School....

Alameda Main Library -- Teen Advisory Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month.
Alameda Library Seeks Teen Input on Upcoming Projects

The Alameda Library holds its Teen Advisory Board meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. For September, the meeting will take place Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Stafford...

Marci Nettles -- Student partners work together to identify and document birds at the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary.
Wood Middle School Incubating Young Birders

Last October, Wood Middle School’s (WMS) sixth grade students took their first class trip to the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary. The day of walking, watching and sketching kicked off a series of six...

Alameda Education Foundation -- The Alameda Asteroids Cross Country Running Club is one of the many after school classes available for students.
After School Classes Coming Soon

The return of the academic school year also brings the return of Alameda Education Foundation’ (AEF) After School Enrichment Classes. The program offers hundreds of after school classes for...

At its Sept. 5 meeting, the Alameda City Council approved a lease agreement with Pyka Inc. for Building 39 located at 950 West Tower Ave. at Alameda Point. The ordinance passed with a 4-1 vote. Councilmember Trish Herrera Spencer represented the lone dissenting vote.

Feature Articles

Laria Pippen -- Debi Ryan (left) shows off her latte in an OKAPI Reusables cup to go. Island Savoy baristas, Michael and Ben enthusiastic about the less waste option for drinks.
Feature Articles
Sep, 21 2023

In an effort to reduce the staggering number of single-use cups that fill landfills and litter streets, parks and waterways, Community Action for Sustainable Ala

Rick Lewis -- On a field trip, birders study ducks on the water.
Feature Articles
Sep, 20 2023

How can adults and high school students learn about birds?

Alameda Backyard Growers -- From left to right, F2M orchard team members Michi Lee, Leng Kwek, Maria Ducey, Marla Koss and Alison Limoges.
Feature Articles
Sep, 13 2023

It could be argued that encountering the word “drawbridge” on a page means words like “moat” or “castle” might follow, as in fairy tales.

Alameda Unified School District -- Edison and Bay Farm schools are two of the 10 school selected to be a part of the U.S. Education Green Strides Tour.

In honor of their contributions to “green programs” for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), the U.S.

City of Alameda -- Map showing the travel route of the Alley Up Free Shuttle.
Feature Articles
Aug, 29 2023

A new free weekend shuttle around Alameda Point debuted last Friday, August 25.


Friends of the Parks -- Friends of the Parks Alameda is hosting the Family Fun Ride Around Alameda 2023 Saturday, Sept. 30.
Island Arts
Sep, 27 2023
Events Taking Place in Alameda Sept. 29 to Oct. 13 Friday, Sept. 29 John Brothers Piano Company...
Island Arts
Sep, 19 2023
The bands, the beers and the barbecue brought throngs to Washington Park Sunday. The sixth annual...
The California Arts Council
Island Arts
Sep, 15 2023
The California Arts Council (CAC) has announced three new funding opportunities currently available...
The Foodbank Players -- The Foodbank Players will perform a new production of the classic tale from William Shakespeare.
Island Arts
Sep, 12 2023
Alameda-based theatre company, The Foodbank Players, will begin performances of their next play,...
USS Hornet Museum -- A 64-team Cornhole tournament on the flight deck of the mighty USS Hornet is set for this Saturday.
Island Arts
Sep, 08 2023
Saturday, Sept. 9 • 7th Annual Battle Star Classic — In person, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; USS Hornet...


Lester K. Born
Real Life ‘Monuments Man’ was Born Here in Alameda

The 2014 film Monuments Men featured an ensemble cast portraying the real life work of more than 300 members of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFA&A) program, established in...

The above map is labeled “Aerial of NAS Alameda with buildings and features labeled 1959.” Credit: National Archives San Bruno. A copy of it can be found at the Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal.
Life at Alameda Naval Air Station Circa 1960

Map, photos recall mid-century Alameda history

On a recent visit to the relatively new Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal, I became fascinated by a map and its accompanying index incorporated...

Courtesy photo -- Fighter pilots of the USS Lexington leaning across the horizontal stabilizer of a Grumman F6F Hellcat. November 1943. The image is courtesy Edward Streichen from Streichen at War in Alameda Naval Air Museum library.
Step Into Local WWII History

Museum at Alameda Point a hidden Island treasure trove

Have you ever wondered about the three-story yellow building across from Alameda’s beautiful new park at Alameda Point? It was...

File Photo -- Far be it from us to criticize anyone — especially when it comes to typos — but this street sign is misspelled.
What’s in a Name? ‘Ellen Crag’ Avenue

On the Main Island between Grand and Hibbard streets sits a one block long road known as “Ellen Crag Avenue” if you read the street signs. A crag is defined as a steep cliff or rugged rock face....

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...