News Briefs


Some local residents were concerned this past weekend that a West-End landmark may have seen its last days. Construction began on a new project at the parking lot near Webster Street and Lincoln Avenue that once contained a Southern Pacific Railroad station. The small ticket booth received a reprieve from the wrecking ball when it was protected earlier this year (“Quick Action Saves West End Railroad Landmark,” Feb. 2). 


On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the West End Library at 788 Santa Clara Ave. will host an estate planning question-and-answer session with a local attorney from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The library will be open for the program only.

Attorney C.J. Kingsley will provide an overview and answer questions on estate-related topics.

These include:


Monday, Oct. 16

  • 7 p.m. Public Utilities Board. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 

Tuesday, Oct. 17

  • 7 p.m. City Council. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.  

Wednesday, Oct. 18

  • 5 p.m. Civil Service Board. Room 360, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 



The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced this week that it will close the Webster Tube, entering Alameda, for washing operations. The Tube will be closed Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 16 through 18, from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Questions or information about the closures should be directed to Eroluis Oseguera, Caltrans, Tunnels and Tubes, at 286-3947.


Few know that the Black Panther Party was founded at Merritt College in Oakland in October 1966.Many of the party’s early social justice programs still largely go unrecognized. 

The television station at the Peralta Community College District, Peralta TV, produced a national award-winning film, Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers, narrated by U. S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, about the origins of the Black Panther Party at Merritt College.