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On Monday, Jan. 13, the Planning Board hosted a Measure A “workshop,” opening for discussion what many consider the city’s political third rail. Members of the City Council subcommittee addressed the 1973 Measure A and its 1991 counterpart. Vice Mayor John Knox White and Councilmember Tony Daysog opened the dialog by thanking the board members for working with city staff.

The City of Alameda has collected more than 1,400 comments via an online map at www.activealameda.org that allows community members to note where they notice unsafe walking and biking conditions, where they’d like to see street-safety improvements and where they’ve had close calls with vehicles. 

The map is available in English, Chinese and Spanish. The public must provide comments by this Sunday, Jan. 26, to have them considered. 

Alamedans participated locally in a nationwide demonstration last Saturday intended to send a message of disapproval to U.S. President Donald Trump. Following in the pattern of the Women’s March held in 2017, the women aimed to send “a resounding message that we reject President Donald Trump. In Washington D.C., there will be targeted, direct actions where some of us will put our bodies on the line.”

Rev. Betty Williams organized the 43rd annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day inside Alameda City Hall on Jan. 20. With around 75 people in attendance including Vice Mayor John Knox White, the celebration included dance and song, remarks and tributes. Williams talked about the significance of holding the event inside of City Hall. Decades ago when they started this celebration, they joined together on the City Hall steps. Then one year as they celebrated in the rain, they asked Mayor Chuck Corica if they could come inside.

The 47th annual Elks Hoop Shoots Alameda city finals contest was held Friday, Jan. 10, at the Alameda Point Gym. The hoop shoots contest consists of a free -throw shooting competition where each contestant has 25 opportunities to shoot a basketball into the hoop. The contestants that participated in the city finals must live in Alameda or attend an Alameda school. The participants also had to qualify by winning the initial round tournament played at various parks throughout the city. 

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