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A recent successful movement changed the name of a school named for a California governor who advocated slavery: Henry Huntly Haight. A letter in this week’s Alameda Sun (“Street names bear investigation”) suggests that researchers (“social justice warriors”) in the letter writer’s words turn to other places in Alameda with the names of personalities involved in slavery. Alameda has a street in the Fernside neighborhood that certainly qualifies for such research: Yale Drive.

The annual celebration of local eateries, Alameda Restaurant Week, takes place over 11 days: from Thursday, Jan. 17 to Sunday, Jan. 27, with more than 40 participating restaurants. This is the second annual Restaurant Week in Alameda, which is part of the California Restaurant Month campaign to promote California’s culinary experiences.

The idea behind the event is to offset typically slow business in for local restaurants. During the 11days, locals can support Alameda’s dining scene by visiting participating restaurants, who will be offering prix fixe menus and specials. 


In the Fall of 2017, the Alameda City Council took a step toward reducing plastic litter in our environment by passing the Alameda Disposable Food Service Ware Reduction Law.


The Alameda Free Library has announced a workshop on how to use the various e-services launching there soon. The workshop, held 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, will cover current e-book services, such as Overdrive-Libby. It will also cover streaming services that will be available such as Hoopla and Kanopy, and how to use these e-services on personal devices. 

This workshop will be held at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. Admission is free and the event is open to all ages.


The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District is now accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the district’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC). The recruitment notice and application, as well as information about the committee can be found at actransit.org/accessibility-advisory-committee-aac. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Feb. 1.