News Briefs

On Jan. 26 City Council directed staff to prepare an ordinance requiring of tobacco retailers be licensed. The ordinance would also include a ban on the sale of menthol and other flavored tobacco. Licensed tobacco dealers will need to pay an annual fee.
A draft of the ordinance is available at
residents/smoke-policies. The city has scheduled a meeting with Alameda tobacco retailers and the public to review this draft and document community feedback. 

Dutch inventor Boyan Slat founded Ocean Cleanup in 2013 in his hometown of Delft, the Netherlands. His staff consists of more than 70 engineers, researchers, scientists and computational modelers working daily to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. The company is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced they will perform repaving activities on State Route 61 (Encinal Avenue) between Walnut and Chestnut streets the week of Monday, Sept. 10 to Friday, Sept. 14. “No Parking” signs will be placed and detours made available.


A new restaurant on the West End will be donating part of its proceeds to local charity Alameda Meals on Wheels tomorrow. Orchid Pavillion Cafe at 1540 Webster St. will donate 20 percent of its net sales Friday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. This dine-and-donate event is for pick-up only as the cafe is a carry-out only restaurant. Call 871-2908 to place an order. See the menu at



As reported last week, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced that it will close the Webster Tube, entering Alameda, for late-night biennial tunnel inspections Monday, Aug. 27, Tuesday, Aug. 28, and Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning each day. Questions or information about the Tube closure should be directed to Eroluis Oseguera, Caltrans, Tunnels and Tubes, at 286-3947.