News Briefs

The 21-member community task force assembled to help draft the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan (EDSP) will meet Monday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Alameda’s Main Public Library, Stafford Conference Room, 1550 Oak St. The public is invited to attend as the task force reviews a draft of the EDSP. 

The EDSP will be the city’s long-term (five- to 10-year) roadmap for business attraction, retention and workforce development activities, while improving the quality of life for Alameda residents and employees. 

Applications are currently being accepted from individuals who are interested in volunteering to serve on the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. The committee reviews, comments and advises the board of directors and district staff on the implementation and enhancement of programs and services for seniors and people with disabilities.

All vacancies and resignations during the 2018 calendar year will be filled from qualified applications received. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Feb. 2.

The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the Public Art Commission for a partial term expiring June 30, 2019. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 380, by calling 747-4800, or on the city’s website. Interested persons are encouraged submit applications to the City Clerk by Thursday, Feb. 1. 

The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) announced recently that it will close the Posey and Webster tubes at night for cleaning starting Monday, Jan. 22.

The Posey Tube, exiting Alameda, will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning on three nights: Monday, Jan. 22, Tuesday, Jan. 23, and Wednesday, Jan. 24.

The Webster Tube, entering Alameda, will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning on three nights: Monday, Jan. 29, Tuesday, Jan. 30, and Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Alameda is in the middle of its first official “Restaurant Week” which began Friday, Jan. 12, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 21. Many of the city’s dining spots are participating and offering specials, limited-time menu items and special pricing. 

Some of the top Island restaurants involved include: Trabocco, Pappo, Injera, Neptunes, East End, Dragon Rouge, Speisekammer, Little House Cafe, Cafe Jolie, The Star Pizza on Park, Angela’s Kitchen, Asena, C’Era Una Volta, Otaez, Cinema Grill, Shirasoni, Habanas, Forbidden Island and Wine & Waffles.