Well, it’s finally winter in Alameda. Such as it is. The winds blow, the rains fall and the daytime and evening temperatures drop into the 50s! My relatives and friends back on the East Coast are snickering, and well they might, but those who have to deal with sub-zero temps can’t appreciate the mild middle climate that we live in. Fair enough, too many people trying to move to California as it is.


“Women In Space & Aviation,” a special panel discussion with women working in space moderated by Sarah Cruddas, has been set for this Saturday, Jan. 19. This is an amazing look at women’s careers and history in the aviation and the space race.


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