Jessica and Wes Warren, owners of Studio 23 and Digifli, have been working hand-in-hand with the Downtown Alameda Business Association to make the district twinkle. The Warrens matched local artists with downtown business owners and the competition is on. The end results can be seen in the dozens of holiday window displays that are sure to delight visitors of all ages. 

Prizes in the Downtown Alameda Holiday Window Contest will be awarded in five categories: Most Original, Most Traditional, Best Use of Lights, Best Use of Merchandise or Products and People’s Choice.


Dear commission members & staff:

We are writing regarding the proposed development of a Marriot Residence Inn at 2900 Harbor Bay Parkway. We are members of the Alameda community, including many residents who live near the proposed development site. We are writing to request that the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), require the current developer to obtain a BCDC permit, pursuant to the McAteer-Petris Act. 


Join Webster Street merchants, restaurants and artists for a day of holiday fun on Saturday, Dec. 15, from noon to 8 p.m. Come enjoy a variety of merriment on Webster Street with friends and family.

Though nurseries offer a great selection of tomato plants in the spring, anybody wanting to try an obscure variety will need to start ahead of time from seed — now is not too early to begin planning for indoor tomato seed sprouting. Alameda Backyard Growers’ informal tomato growing team always gets busy just after the New Year sowing unusual varieties for Alameda’s Earth Day Festival the following April. Requests for tomato-starting pointers abound. In the spirit of giving, those pointers are presented here.


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.”