Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently informed the city that it is awarding a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant to the city. This funding will help the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) retain basic staffing levels and ensure adequate fire and emergency response availability to the community while not impacting the city’s General Fund, AFD stated in a press release.
Yesterday the city celebrated its 10th anniversary as a sister city with Jiangyin, China. Mayor Trish Spencer declared the day as Jiangyin Day.
Six delegates from Jiangyin were on hand for the celebration. At the ceremony, the city honored the family of the late Nancy Li, who established the sister city relationship between the two cities in 2008.
The Alameda Sister City Association was formed under Alameda’s Social Service Human Relations Board to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.
The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) announced that the Ron Cowan Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility at Alameda Point will soon begin operations. WETA broke ground for the project in September 2016 (“Ferry Facility Dedicated,” Sept. 22, 2016). The late Ron Cowan was on hand for dedication of the building that bears his name.
This Sunday, the Alameda Museum once again will join with the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society to present the Alameda Legacy Home Tour. The tour features six homes, three on the city’s fabled Gold Coast, one of which Julia Morgan designed and another a city landmark that Denis Straub designed and built with his stepson Fred Fischer.