In 1871, the first bridge across the Oakland Estuary connected Alameda’s West End to Oakland’s Webster Street. At first the bridge accommodated only foot, horse and wagon traffic. In a story she wrote for Alameda Magazine, author Jakki Spicer related that the new bridge met the marshland in “a landscape that no horse-drawn anything could easily navigate. Spicer wrote that, “It took another year to construct an earth-filled roadway across the marsh from the bridge. Workers cleared the ground, graded it and paved it with crushed rock.”

Alameda residents Scott and Lisa Amstutz recently announced the birth of their son, Tilden Alan Amstutz. Tilden was born Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3:23 a.m., eight days ahead of schedule. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches in length. Tilden, the couple’s second child, was welcomed home by big sister Amber, 2, and Marlowe, the family’s Vizsla dog. Maternal grandparents are longtime Bay Area residents John and Kathleen Toth of Danville. Paternal grandparents are Sandra Amstutz of Bay Farm Island and the late Paul Amstutz.

The 2018 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program (AFTP) is a partnership of the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Their Families, Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Red Cross Youth, Alameda Firefighters and other community organizations. The program ensures that all low-income Alameda families who sign up at the Alameda Food Bank receive age-appropriate holiday toys for their children younger than 12 and gift cards for youth ages 13 to 17.

Mayor Spencer and City Council members:

My name is Debbie George and I am a retailer holding a state tobacco license here in Alameda. My family has owned and operated a business on Park Street for more than 45 years. 

During our small-business career, we have seen and experienced a number of challenges we have had to overcome. Our business started out in the 1970s as a decorator pillow shop and had to transition to whatever retail trend was on the rise to stay in business. 


Take a stroll downtown and enjoy all the wintry, whimsical wonder that is on display. From Shop Late Thursdays to the popular Hot Cocoa Crawl, downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive shopping experience.