News Briefs


Araw Ng Kalayaan or “day of freedom” commemorates the Philippine Declaration of Independence from 400 years of Spanish colonial rule enacted on June 12, 1898, in Cavite, Philippines. Alameda marked the historic occasion at City Hall Saturday, June 9.

The U.S. Coast Guard teamed up with the Northern California Regional Paralympic Sport Program and the Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association to host the Valor Games Far West on Coast Guard Island from May 31 through June 3. 

Veterans or active-duty service members with disabilities took part in sports adapted to the athletes’ needs. Events included a biathlon, sitting volleyball, weightlifting, archery and martial arts. This marked the Valor Games’ sixth year and the fifth year the U.S. Coast Guard hosted the event on Coast Guard Island.  


A special Public Art Commission meeting has been set for Monday, June 18, at 6 p.m. The meeting will discuss physical public art proposals for new art in the city. The commission will hold a public hearing to review, evaluate and recommend awardees to City Council.  

The commission will also consider survey results and staff recommendations related to the release of a request for proposals for cultural arts and arts programming in the city. 


The Alameda Citizen’s Task Force will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, to explore forming a political action committee (PAC) for the November elections. They will meet at the RE/MAX offices, 2437 Santa Clara Ave. An exploratory committee will recommend formation of a PAC with the mission to create a new majority on City Council that will give top priority to the needs of Alameda residents, rather than special interest groups. All interested persons are encouraged to attend.


The City of Alameda has announced its Public Works Department will begin work on traffic signal upgrades along the Park Street corridor between Blanding and Encinal avenues starting Monday, May 21. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of August.