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The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the Recreation and Park Commission, the Social Service Human Relations Board (SSHRB), and the Transportation Commission. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 380, by calling 747-4800, or at 

Potential commissioners are encouraged submit applications to the City Clerk by Thursday, Jan. 31. Call the City Clerk’s Office with any questions. 


perty on the west side of McKay Avenue was the central topic discussed at the first council meeting of the year last Thursday, Jan. 3 at City Hall. 

The City Council plans to call for a special election on Tuesday, April 9, for Alameda voters to decide the fate of the property, which is currently being leased by Alameda Point Collaborative. 


Majestic stands of Live Oak trees once thrived on Alameda, along with willows and other species. Development and the passage of time have taken many historic trees, but some remain and many have been replaced, as Alameda values its urban forest. Designated a Tree City USA in 2011, Alameda protects its oaks and other heritage trees by restricting their removal. 
But more trees are needed. Adding trees to Alameda and protecting current trees improves our environment and our well-being: 

Ocean Cleanup (OC) announced on New Year’s Eve that it has shut down its experiment to collect debris from the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” (GPGP) — a  mass of refuse and debris known as a gyre. OC said that “structural malfunctioning of the cleanup system” has forced the company to return to Alameda earlier than planned.

“We will set sail as soon as an appropriate weather window is available,” OC stated.

Alameda Pipe-a-thon 2018 ‘takes the fifth’ against cancer

For the fifth New Year’s Eve in a row, the Alameda Pipe-a-thon hit the bars of the Island City, with Scottish ex-pat and Alameda resident Andy MacKay playing “Auld Lang Syne” on the bagpipes in 21 bars and restaurants on the Island. In the process, he raised just shy of $5,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS).

MacKay was accompanied again by Team Pipe-a-thon, including “Jake and Elwood Blues” (Joe and Jamie, in kilts) along with Rod, Tony, Feargal and Bruno “The Pipe-mobile Drivers.”