Feature Articles

With the help of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, (FAAS) Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area is granting the wish of 10-year-old Anika to become a veterinarian. Anika lives in Cupertino and has an endocrine disorder. When Make-A-Wish volunteers first met Anika, she spoke very confidently about her love of animals, particularly dogs, and her hope to someday become a veterinarian. With the help of FAAS, that wish came true on July 2.

1 5-ounce ground chuck patty
1 3-ounce chorizo sausage patty 
1 chile relleno (recipe follows.)
1 slice American cheese
1 slice Chihuahua cheese
2 Tbsp. pico de gallo
1 Tbsp. mayonnaise 
1 ciabatta bun

Four for the Fourth: R.A.C.E., Parade, Coast Guard fest, Hornet fireworks 

Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade is the longest in the nation (and therefore, the world) with a route that spans 3.3 miles and features more than 170 entries, 2,500 participants, and 60,000 spectators. The hometown celebration includes floats, marching bands, 150 equestrians, dance troops, bands, classic cars and more. 

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is launching a new energy-savings program for qualifying low-income customers. The program aims to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and lower participants’ electric bills. At its regular meeting on May 20, the city’s Public Utilities Board approved the program, which includes installation of energy-saving upgrades at eligible customers’ homes.

The Anthem Blue Cross Foundation has provided a major donation to Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) to support the planning of the Alameda Wellness Center. The donation will support comprehensive project planning and ensure that the wellness center delivers significant benefits for individuals and seniors experiencing homelessness and complex health needs.  

The wellness center will provide 90 senior supportive housing units, a 50-bed medical respite program and a resource center, along with primary health-care services.