Editorial

 

The second annual Alameda Restaurant Week returns to the island as part of the California Restaurant Month campaign to promote California’s culinary experiences. This year more than 40 restaurants throughout the Island are taking part, with dozens of eateries located conveniently in Downtown Alameda. 

From Thursday, Jan. 17 to Sunday, Jan. 27, diners will support Alameda’s dining scene while having fun visiting local restaurants.

The new year started with a bang at city hall.

On Jan. 2, the City Council in a 4-1 vote decided to put a competing measure on the ballot that challenges the McKay Avenue Open Space initiative previously qualified by residents wanting to zone 3.65 acres of federal property near Crab Cove as open space. The Council also decided to hold a special election on both measures in April, which will cost taxpayers between $580,000 and $730,000. Waiting for the November 2020 general election would have cost just $25,000.

 

The City of Alameda and the Downtown Alameda Business Association are interested in input regarding spending the $750,000 grant recently awarded to the city from Alameda County’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program, or HEAP, authorized by Senate Bill 850. This grant money must be used for emergency homeless services.

City staff has been asked to present ideas to City Council within the month. This is a promising opportunity to make a meaningful impact in addressing homelessness in the downtown district and on the Island as a whole.

 

 

At its annual holiday party in December, the Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) presents awards to member businesses in recognition of their contributions to the success of Alameda’s historic downtown. The awards represent splendid examples of the top-notch service provided by businesses throughout the district. The owners and staff are also active in DABA activities and strive to cultivate improvements in our community. 

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients!

Retailer of the Year
Daisy’s, owner Barbara Mooney

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