News Briefs

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.


Starting Jan. 1, the City of Alameda will be one of the only cities in California where drinking straws will only be available upon request. Additionally, all disposable to-go food ware in the City must be reusable, compostable or in a few specific cases, recyclable. These changes were formally passed on Oct. 3, 2017, and the 2008 ordinance was renamed the Alameda Disposable Food Ware Service Reduction Law.