News Briefs


Local commuters still have two days to participate in Share Your Ride Week, Oct. 2 to 6. Drivers are encouraged to fill up empty seats in their cars, or take public transit to work or school. 

Casual carpool pick-up spots in Alameda are on Santa Clara Avenue at Webster Street and on Encinal Avenue at Park Avenue. 

Visit for more information and trip planning assistance.



Artists have a fantastic new opportunity to propose a public art project to the City of Alameda. City staff has released two new requests for proposals (RFPs) for public art, one for physical public art, and another for cultural arts and programming. The awards range from $12,500 to $150,000 for the physical art piece and $5,000 to $35,000 to support a publically accessible event located in Alameda.


A recent quality-of-life community survey showed residents in the City of Alameda highly value their quality of life. Some 77 percent of respondents indicated their neighborhood is headed in the right direction. By a nearly 3-to-1 margin, residents approve of the job city government is doing.

The survey, conducted this summer by opinion research firm FM3 Research, was commissioned to assess resident perspectives on their quality of life, including community priorities and needs. 

Residents cited the following priorities. 


This is an important time of the year for Alameda’s Jewish community. Temple Israel marks this Saturday with three events. They have a Torah study and “Art for All!” at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. Call 522-9355 to confirm the time for the Torah study. 

Then, at 8:30 p.m., in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, there will be a reading of the penitential poems and prayer, the Selichot, followed by nosh and conversation. 


The Guinness Book of World Records’ “largest garbage collection event ever organized,” California Coastal Cleanup Day, has been set for this Saturday, Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to join the expected 60,000 statewide volunteers in helping remove waste from the shoreline at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. Volunteers will meet at the beach near Park Street and Shore Line Drive.