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On Saturday, May 3, the Alameda Police Department will sponsor a “May you Arrive Safely” walk across Alameda to promote pedestrian safety for the entire family. The walk will start at 9 a.m. from each of Alameda’s ferry stops at Bay Farm and Alameda Point and finish at the police department behind City Hall by 12:30 p.m. 

Sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/o/alameda-police-department-6132421551?s=22507629.

The walk from the Alameda Point ferry will tour through the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park where the future Cross Alameda Bike and Walk Trail will be developed. This event is a great opportunity to participate in a day of fun, learn some safety points, and tour your future 22-acre park. The park design has been approved by the Recreation and Parks Commission and will go to City Council in May for final approval. The park will be a phased project with the Cross Alameda Bike and Walking trail to be one of the first features to be built.

Those who sign up early for the walk will receive a free T-shirt designed to promote roadway visibility. The shirt will be “traffic safety” green and have a reflective safety message on the back. See more at: alamedaca.gov/police/events/2285. 

Bring the family and friends for a walk across town with the extra treat of a tour through the future Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.

— Dorothy Freeman, Jean Sweeney Open Space Park Fund


I read that my neighbors, friends, clients and people like me had to deal with insults while merely trying to ride a bus to work. I rode a bus, train and carpool to Cupertino 30 years ago. Then I became an inventor and co-founder of software startups as well as a surgical medical imaging startup.

Congratulations on landing a great job in a field with amazing innovation. Yours was not an overnight achievement. It’s literally the culmination of years of effort. 

Alameda seems like one of the best kept secrets in the Bay Area. We are fortunate to live in close proximity to one of the most dynamic areas on the planet during one of the most exciting periods the world has yet experienced. Finding new ways to enhance the power of individuals to improve the world for the benefit of as many as possible is not an easy task.

Your success serves to inspire people of all ages to participate in life-long learning so they, too, can come to enjoy pursuing their dreams. This is perhaps the most generous gift we can give.

We appreciate you taking personal responsibility to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce traffic, while participating as vital members in our community, supporting our schools and contributing your voice to public decision-making.

We are proud to have you as neighbors.

— Kirk Knight


As the fictional character Admiral Banyan Azimuth (ret.), whose imaginary existence has been called into question by your readership, I feel it imperative to claim no direct linkage with any of the august branches of our great nation’s military.

My honorific title, bestowed by the esteemed citizens who make up the Sub-Committee of Honorific Titles within the fictional Alameda Lighthouse Appreciation Society (ALAS), was given in appreciation of my tiresome diatribes dealing with all things lighthouse.

Hopefully, an imaginary back story will in no way diminish the curiosity of your readership in finding these beautiful, meticulously hand-crafted lighthouses which are now placed at specific water-facing locations on the island. I wish you happy hunting.

— (Honorary) Adm. Banyan Azimuth (ret.)