Welcome Home, Stratton
Friends and family were excited to greet their loved ones aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton as it returned home to Coast Guard Island last Sunday. Since departing Jan. 6, Stratton completed a 22,000-mile patrol in support of joint counter-drug operations off the coast of California and in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
First Lady Michelle Obama commissioned the Stratton at Coast Guard Island on March 31, 2012. She is the official sponsor of the Stratton and is the first First Lady to sponsor a Coast Guard cutter.
Hornet Settles Up
The Hornet Foundation delivered a $215,385 check to the city of Alameda to pay its outstanding lease obligation. This demonstrated the foundation’s commitment to keeping the historic aircraft carrier museum here. Five years ago the city’s lease with the Hornet recognized the foundation’s past due rent of $555,000 and challenged them to pay half, in return, the city would write off the remaining balance. The payment delivered meets that challenge.
The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) is considering tacking $9.55 per year for the next 10 years onto property tax bills.
The authority states that it needs the money to support the countywide household hazardous waste program. This program provides collection and disposal services for household hazardous waste like paint, solvents and pesticides.
The USS Hornet will bring its rich military history to the San Francisco History Expo on March 1 and 2. The Hornet joins more than 50 diverse Bay Area historical and cultural organizations at San Francisco’s Old Mint. The expo will include costumed re-enactors, an exhibit of rare coins produced by the mint, a historical fashion display, historical films, special programs and an art exhibition.