Shooting Near Washington Park

Alameda Police Department (APD) detectives are investigating two gun-related incidents that took place in Alameda on the same day.

APD detectives are currently investigating a shooting that...

City of Alameda
Noted Disability Advocate Passes

A beloved member of Alameda’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities and a familiar sight around town, Arnold Brillinger, passed away on May 19. He was 72 years old. Known to his family as Arne,...

A homeless man uses a bus stop in Marina Village in this 2019 photograph. The city hopes to use the $285,767 in proposed funds from Alameda County to help the homeless community in Alameda. The city will use the funds to help find permanent housing for the homeless and help those on the verge of homelessness pay living expenses.
City Council Considers Fund Allocation to End Homelessness

City Council discussed a proposal for allocating funds from a potential grant created to pursue the state’s goal of ending homelessness at its June 15 meeting.

The City of Alameda is in...

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...

Sign Placed at Chochenyo Park

City workers place the sign that denotes the name that honors Native American presence here in Alameda. The City Council voted in September 2020 to change the name from Jackson Park.

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...

Hornets Swarm Jets in Season Finales

Alameda High School (AHS) basketball swept the Island Bowl on Saturday, June 5. The men’s team defeated the Encinal High School (EHS), 49-34, while the Lady Hornets defeated the Lady Jets, 62-48....

Encinal High School’s Water Polo poses for Senior Night before defeating Alameda High School, 12-2, on May 21.
Encinal Water Polo Remains Perfect

Encinal Women’s Water Polo defeated Alameda 7-5 on May 29 for the WACC League Championship. With the win the Jets finished a perfect 8-0 this season.

“I was super proud of the team,” said...

Photo & story by Rafael Arredondo  Encinal sophomore Soral Richardson battles for position against Alameda High School’s Quinn Dooley.
Hornets Down Jets in Soccer Island Bowl, 2-1

Alameda High defeated Encinal High, 2-1, at Don Grant Field on May 13. The island rivals battled for the first time this season as the Hornets won a spirited match.

“We should have kept...

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...

Dr. Natalie Gelman
Pandemic Emotional Update

I have written a few articles since the pandemic began. This is not the first one to address the emotional response to this event. We have all been affected, and no professional is able to...

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...

Al Wright
Kiwanis Awards Scholarships to Local Students

Kiwanis Club of Alameda has awarded the following 2021 scholarships totaling $31,000 to local graduating seniors: Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship, Kenichi Obiorah; Martin & Lucille Stohr...

Burritos RaiseMoney

Mexican food lovers can support the Alameda High School (AHS) Sophomore class by dining at the South Shore Center Chipotle this Saturday, June 5. This event lasts from 4 to 8 p.m. and the flyer at...

Encinal High School Hosting Vaccine Clinic

Today, Thursday, May 27, from noon to 6 p.m., the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is hosting a vaccine clinic for everyone 12 and older at Encinal High School, 210 Central Ave. Make an...

Vivian Biczynski    Junior Tatiana Rebanal plays tight defense against the Hayward Farmers.
Local Basketball Season Tips Off

Encinal High School started its basketball season last week as the Lady Jets lost their opener 54-53 to Castro Valley on May 5. The Trojans won the game on a buzzer beater. Encinal also lost 34-30...

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...

Alameda Police Department (APD) detectives are investigating two gun-related incidents that took place in Alameda on the same day.

APD detectives are currently investigating a shooting that took place Tuesday, June 15, near Washington Park, just before 11:30 p.m.

Feature Articles

Google Earth Revised plans to develop Encinal Terminals (A) come before the Planning Board on Monday. The site is located north of the Del Monte warehouse (B) and east of Jean Sweeney Open Space (C) and Wind River (D).
Feature Articles
May, 19 2021

North Waterfront Cove, LLC, (NWC) will again present its case to the Planning Board for developing Encinal Terminals, the property north of the Del Monte warehouse.

Feature Articles
May, 18 2021

“Broomhilda” the amorphophallus titanum, commonly known as the corpse flower, drew gawkers near Alameda City Hall Monday afternoon and evening.

Feature Articles
May, 12 2021

Mother Tree features the work of mother-daughter artists Ginny & Sally Parsons, Annie & Emily Heller, Jan & Emilie Watten (pictured), Danielle Gilbert & Molly Boyle and Hopi Breton,

Popcorn Cassia smells like buttered popcorn.
Feature Articles
May, 12 2021

Photos & story by Kristen Smeal

Thushan Amarasiriwardena     Above right, Maggie Adams, owner of Magpie & Thorn in her new store inside the historic Towata Flower shop on Santa Clara Avenue.
Feature Articles
May, 12 2021

The building is iconic — a greenhouse in the middle of town, emblazoned with green Vitrolite glass, and a double-take inducing neon sign: “flowers”.


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...


 Michael Colbruno  Alameda Museum Curator George Gunn spearheaded a movement to mark Gideon Aughinbaugh’s grave at Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery. Aughinbaugh’s grave was unmarked from his death in 1897 until 1981. It remains unclear where his daughter Ella rests.
Two City Founders Led Tragic Lives

Eric J. Kos

Part one

Alamedans today have little connection to the city’s founders. No standing monument to their achievement, no statue or plaque commemorates what the two founding...

Library of Congress This 1927 map shows the “Fernside Loop” that carried automobile traffic and Southern Pacific electric trains beginning in 1911. Notice that the loop, today’s Fernside Boulevard ran along the San Leandro Bay shoreline. Developers filled land east of Fernside.
Southern Pacific Creates Fernside Boulevard

Dennis Evanosky

In the June 3 story (“Southern Pacific Railroad Electrifies Alameda”) we learned that Southern Pacific (SP) Railroad President E. M. Harriman planned to make Alameda the...

Venon Sappers Collection Southern Pacific Railroad used this station on the Alameda Mole as a centerpiece for its new electric train system.
Southern Pacific Railroad Electrifies Alameda

Part one in a series

Francis Marion “Borax” Smith, earned his nickname and a fortune dealing with sodium borate.

On Oct. 26, 1903, Smith’s Key Route system began operating with the...

The Civil War? In Alameda?

Historians often hear the mistaken idea that California played no role in the Civil War.

In fact, during the Civil War California furnished the Union army some 17,000 volunteers — a number...

Courtesy Alamedainfo.com  The 1878 Oddfellows Lodge at Santa Clara Avenue and Park Street as it appeared before being replaced with the building that stands there now in 1927.
Island City Hosted Vast Collection of Social Clubs

From the Elks to the Eagles and the Oddfellows to the Masons, social clubs in Alameda left permanent marks on our community. The meeting places of these clubs, many originally restricted to White...