Feature Articles

Part Two

In more normal times, Eric J. Kos and I lead a tour that features seven Julia Morgan-designed homes on the Island City. This year, we invite our readers to step out and have a look for themselves. We ask that you respect social-distancing and mask-wearing norms and that you do not disturb the owners of the historical homes.

The tour starts at Franklin Park at Paru Street and San Antonio Avenue and passes by Morgan-designed homes on Dayton Avenue, Sherman Street, Bay Street and Central Avenue.
From Franklin Park:

Western bluebirds are favorites of many, with the male’s brilliant royal-blue colors and rusty breast. The species has long been seen on Alameda Point perching near the soccer fields and using the nest boxes installed for them near Crab Cove. They’ve been expanding through Alameda neighborhoods, and a particularly large and colorful male just stopped by on my driveway (“Western Bluebird Colors the Isle of Style,” Aug. 22, 2019.)

The first phase of the City’s annual street repair and resurfacing project will begin mid-August and is estimated to be completed by mid-September. Crews will work Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several phases. During construction, motorists will experience minor disruptions in traffic, temporary loss of parking spaces, temporary restricted street access, as well as an increase in noise and dust levels. Bus stop access will be maintained throughout the project.

he city is working on forming three to five community-based committees that would work on shaping the future of policing in Alameda and on learning about the history of racism here. According to a city press release, the ideal candidates for these committees would either live or work in Alameda and have three to five hours a month to participate in group meetings, likely over Zoom.

The tentative timeline for engagement is about eight months, during which members can commit to presenting findings to City Manager Eric Levitt, who would present these findings to City Council.

Alameda Unified School District will open all classes in distance learning on Thursday, Aug. 27 Students in the Remote Learning Program will do all online learning for the whole year. Students in the Flexible Learning Program will begin the year in the distance phase and return to campus for in-person instruction when the public health situation is safe enough to do so.