News Briefs

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. 

Join Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) as they kick off their “Year of Sustainable Gardening” for a free screening of filmmaker Mark Kitchell’s new film: Evolution of Organic at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at Rhythmix Cultural Works.

The film tells the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. By now organic has gone mainstream, split into an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture. 

The Alameda police and fire departments teamed up last Thursday to rescue a combative women from the waters of San Francisco Bay. Rescue swimmers from both departments pulled the woman from the water near Park Street and Shore Line Drive.  

They took her to a waiting ambulance. Paramedics transported her to the hospital.