Becoming involved in Project Pick was the main reason I decided to join Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) back in 2010.
While driving around town (in my electric car) I had always noticed how many fruit trees we have in Alameda. Everywhere you look there are trees loaded with many unpicked lemons, oranges, apples or persimmons, depending on the season. Alameda trees also produce plums, figs, loquats and avocados — an amazing bounty of delicious food.
On Tuesday, June 19, an unassuming man visited the Alameda Sun office. He oversaw and then paid a tidy sum for the legal advertisement required for the potential recall of Vice Mayor Malia Vella and Councilmember Jim Oddie. In the midst of the hectic preparation of this technically complicated legal advertisement the man said, “Oh, by the way, I have this letter to the editor.”
Current policy decisions are shaping our shoreline’s future, and Alameda is missing the boat.
On May 30, the Planning Board unanimously approved a plan for the Alameda Marina that provides protection for three feet of sea level rise, even though the State of California says we should anticipate six feet. The project calls for increasing the sea wall’s height in the future “should it be necessary.” No one from the board bothered to address this concern or ask who will pay for the adaptive measures should a three-foot wall prove inadequate.
The members and staff of the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) are very fortunate to be surrounded by talented and passionate directors, volunteers and consultants. Thanks to their extensive efforts, in the next several months many changes will be coming to WABA’s communications. A complete refresh of WABA’s online presence at www.westalamedabusiness.com will take effect this month — a very exciting time for West Alameda! Any suggestions are always welcome.
Get ready to have some fun in Downtown Alameda on July Fourth. The Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade is one of the best Independence Day parades in the Bay Area. Spectators of all ages look forward to seeing a lively procession of vintage cars, hand-decorated flatbeds, or “floats,” dancing horses, marching bands, dancing troupes, cheering squads, bicyclists, musicians, costumed characters, clowns and surprises.