Feature Articles

At 8:17 a.m. on Feb. 25, I had my camera ready to document a frequent feature of my daily drive down Fruitvale Avenue to BART.  

As I approached the railroad tracks just west of San Leandro Avenue in Oakland, the recently installed traffic signals flanking a fancy new system of train warning lights were behaving badly.  

As you can see, both traffic signals say “Go” while the blinking red lights scream, “Stop!”

The railroad barrier has also swung down to block the road.  


The city announced recently that secure bicycle parking facilities will be expanding at the Main Street Ferry Terminal. Replacing the existing eight individually-assigned lockers will be 20 new shared-use, electronic bicycle lockers. The new lockers will be available for anyone to use on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost to park a bike will be 5 cents per hour.

Eleven talented wildlife photographers will present their works in the Stafford Meeting Rooms at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St., starting this Sunday, Feb. 28. Their works include vivid photographs of wildlife, all taken in Alameda.

Organized the Friends of Alameda Wildlife the exhibition offers an opportunity to learn about species that called the Island City home. These include harbor seals, least terns, snowy plovers and brown pelicans. 


You’ve probably read a restaurant guide or review before going out for a special dinner. And you’ve probably scanned a consumer review or two before buying a new or used car. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place where you could get information on the quality of hospitals in your area? Well, there is. It’s called Hospital Compare and you can find it on the Medicare website, www.medicare.gov.

Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the San Francisco District Food and Drug Administration Janet McDonald will speak to the Alameda Rotary Club Tuesday, Feb. 16, at noon. McDonald will discuss the agency’s recent enforcement actions. Lunch included. Tickets are $20 at the door. Rotary lunches take place at Grandview Pavilion, 300 Island Drive. Call 865-5322 for info.