The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) had a very busy month on the West End in September with grand openings galore. 

Grocery Outlet 
The new Alameda Grocery Outlet opened on Sept. 20 and a ribbon cutting was held hosted by WABA and the Alameda Chamber of Commerce — a great event with a line of shoppers longer than two blocks to be the first to visit the new store. 

The opening was a very lively Alameda community welcome to owners Elie and Rita.


Alameda will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show presented by General Auto Parts and NAPA on Saturday, Oct. 13. More than 400 classic vehicles of all types will be lined up along Park Street, from Encinal Avenue to Buena Vista Avenue — roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, antique trucks and more. The free one-day event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers fun for the entire family. 


Just last month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring the state to obtain 60 percent of its electricity from clean sources — such as wind, solar and hydropower — by 2030 and 100 percent by 2045. While I applaud California for taking this momentous step in response to climate change, I also congratulate you, Alameda’s residents and businesses, for taking this same great step long ago.


Alamedans in Charge jumped the shark when they submitted Measure K for November’s ballot.  While the Charter amendment is billed as “real rent control,” scratch the surface and you’ll find a wolf in sheep’s clothing knocking at our door.

If you think our Real Estate leadership or the California Apartment Association (CAA) have had a change of heart towards the plight of renters well, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

The Alameda Running Festival held on Sept. 16 at Alameda Point featured a half marathon, a 10k, 5k and a half relay. Here are the best times from each event:

Among men, Chris Thoburn, 29, of Oakland, finished first in 01:10:38; Arturo Fernandez, 33, of Oakland, finished second in 01:15:46 and Douglas Sigelbaum, 25, of San Francisco, finished third in 01:16:18.