Letters to the Editor

What’s happening on the West End

Editor: Thrifty Kitty, a thrift store run by Friends off the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is officially open; 100% of net proceeds goes to support the care of Alameda’s homeless pets. Browse new and gently used clothes, fashion accessories, pet items, framed art, home decor, collectibles, gifts and other thoughtfully curated treasures. This new business is located at 1509 Webster St., just next door to the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) office. To support FAAS, please shop, donate and volunteer. More information can be found at thethriftykitty.org.

With much sadness Rolando (Roy) Campos announced on behalf of his family that Otaez Restaurant will be closing at the end of July. They have been a beloved and generous community asset on the West End for 15 years and will be greatly missed. Please show your support in July and enjoy a gathering at Otaez,1619 Webster Street.

The City of Alameda is co-sponsoring its Job Fair on today, July 15, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at South Shore Center. Hiring representatives from East Bay Regional Parks District, Exelixis, Federal Express, Safeway, Whole Foods, Amazon, the City and County of Alameda and local employers will be there. For more information, please call 510-747-6895.
The Façade Grant Program is back! The city re-opened the popular Façade Grant Program to help local business and property owners spruce up their storefronts and improve the appearance of the City’s retail districts. Under this economic development program, business and property owners may be eligible for 50/50 matching grants for exterior painting, new awnings and signs, and other façade improvements.

The 2021-22 program includes a special promotion for murals, which will be reimbursed at the 80/20 level - i.e. the city will pay up to 80% of the cost for new murals, up to $10,000.

As always, it’s a pleasure to advocate and represent the West End, a neighborhood I personally call home. Please contact me at any time. I’m happy to meet you for coffee, too!

Linda Asbury Executive Director West Alameda Business Association