Feature Articles


The City of Alameda and the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) have launched a “Summer Jobs Campaign” to encourage more employers to create summer jobs and internships for teens. The goal is to create at least 200 paid positions each summer by 2020. Any business that offers one paid summer position or more will be recognized on the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Honor Roll. Employers must pay teens at the City of Alameda’s new minimum wage of $13.50 per hour.

Ospreys are large fish-eating raptors with a wingspan of 58 to 72 inches. They are relative new-comers to the Bay Area; the first nest documented at Mare Island in 1990. Bay Area nests have increased yearly and are moving south. One theory offers that these are an expansion of an abundant Clear Lake population, but we don’t know. It is interesting that osprey remains have not yet been found in carefully examined San Francisco Bay shell mounds.

The City of Alameda’s Public Works Department has purchased five new electric vehicles (EVs) and installed three EV charging stations at its Alameda Point facility, marking a major milestone in the city’s coordinated campaign to lower greenhouse gas 
emissions locally.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) had such a successful holiday season at their satellite adoption center in South Shore Shopping Center, the nonprofit is looking to make the location permanent. The group reported the pop-up store generated 28 percent more donations and that thousands more visitors took the chance to connect with a potential new animal friend.


A free concert will be held in special celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. The concert will showcase the talents of the Dave Rocha Trio. Rocha has performed with his jazz group for more than 20 years. In addition to his trumpet expertise, Rocha is also an accomplished flugelhorn player. This instrument is similar to the trumpet, but has a larger bell, which gives it a darker, mellower sound.