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Call to Stamp Out Prejudice

Teenage organizers gather in front of the bandstand at Chochenyo Park last Wednesday. These teens organized a candlelight vigil to allow people from all across Alameda to work to stamp out...

Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers on City Council Agenda

At its Tuesday evening meeting, the City Council considered Councilwoman Trish Spencer’s referral that would direct city staff to draft an ordinance banning the use of gas-powered leaf blowers...

Maurice Ramirez Rob Bonta, pictured here during Gov. Gavin Newsom’s visit to Ruby Bridges Elementary School, is slated to become California’s next Attorney General.
Newsom Taps Bonta for State AG

On Wednesday, March 24, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he had selected Assemblyman Rob Bonta to serve as the state’s Attorney General (AG).

Bonta’s appointment awaits confirmation by the...

Alamedans March, Showing Solidarity

On March 26, hundreds gathered for an Anti-Asian Violence march down Park Street.

The march, organized by Youth Activists of Alameda (YAOA) culminated in speeches, from students and adults...

Richard Bangert  City of Alameda Partial view of the 22-acre commercial and light industrial parcel, shown in full in the map at right as Site B. The white stacks in the background are at the former Navy jet engine test facility that is now used by Astra to test its rocket engines.
New Law Hampers Point Development

A new state law that took effect in January has stymied the city’s plan for commercial development on a plot of land at Alameda Point.

Assembly Bill No. 1486 requires cities, counties,...

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...

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...

See the Amazing Bubble from Comfort of Home

Sun Staff Reports

Explore the magic and science of bubbles this Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1:30 p.m. with Louis Pearl, otherwise known as “The Amazing Bubble Man.” Pearl combines comedy, science...

At its Tuesday evening meeting, the City Council considered Councilwoman Trish Spencer’s referral that would direct city staff to draft an ordinance banning the use of gas-powered leaf blowers like the one pictured at the left.

In her referral, Spencer points out that a number of cities, including Los Angeles, have already banned these gas-powered noisemakers. Los Angeles banned the blowers in 1998, citing the nuisance and health-related problems attributed to this type of equipment.”

Feature Articles

Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon
Feature Articles
Apr, 14 2021

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) recently offloaded approximately 8,200 pounds of seized cocaine and 11,450 pounds of marijuana at the ship’s homeport in Alameda.

File photo Alameda Museum Curator George Gunn holds Thelma Eisfeldt’s service medal in the gallery that he created in his former office at the Alameda Museum.
Feature Articles
Apr, 14 2021

Dennis Evanosky

As teacher, author and gatekeeper of all things pertaining to Alameda’s past, Alameda Museum Curator George Gunn has left a lasting imprint on our city.

Work crews began installing “Gateway Columns,” public art by Norman Moore, at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park last week.
Feature Articles
Apr, 13 2021

Last week City of Alameda work crews began installing the foundations for two new public artworks in Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.

Dave Grainger    Ribes sanguineum berries are delicious treats for local avians.
Feature Articles
Apr, 08 2021

Part One
Linda Carloni

Feature Articles
Apr, 07 2021

Last week the City of Alameda restriped Park Street from Encinal Avenue to Clinton Avenue, extending existing Park Street roadway changes to the south.

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

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...

With sideburns like those, you’ve got to believe Dr. A. W. K. Newton’s claims on 19th-century miracle cures.
Side Effects May Include Universal Satisfaction

Lately I’ve come across social media postings from people who are surprised at just how many pharmaceutical advertisements Americans are subjected to on a daily basis, and how Americans can rattle...