The City of Alameda released information this week on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) revised and finalized Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) within Alameda County. The changes may affect the floodplain designation of property owners in Alameda. The new maps become effective on Dec. 21 and have added approximately 2,000 parcels in Alameda to the Special Flood Hazard Area, commonly known as the 100-year floodplain.
Alameda’s Buddhist Temple on Buena Vista Avenue welcomed the community to its annual Vacationland Bazaar and Carnival last weekend. Hundreds of local residents and guests gathered to enjoy bingo and other games, food, drink and festivities. The event supports the temple’s effort to “offer a place to connect at individual, family and community levels to deepen our path to grounded stability that true and real life provides,” according to Rev. Joshin Dennis Fujimoto’s statement on the temple website.
Developer finding ways to recycle building material
Heavy equipment was already demolishing buildings and pavement as the ceremonial groundbreaking took place at Alameda Point on May 23. Workers had already leveled many of the structures. They had also separated remains into distinct piles of concrete, asphalt, structural steel, sheet metal and rebar for recycling.
Alameda muralist David Burke just completed his lastest work in Oakland’s Jack London Square titled “Love Letter to Oakland.” The new painting is located at the intersection of Oak and 4th streets by I-880. The mural depicts from left to right, Tureeda Mikell, James Gayles, Samuel Getachew and Vanessa “Agana” Espinoza. Burke lists several contributing artists’ names along with his own: Joevic Yeban, Keena Romano, Dorias Brannon, Zach Cotham, Chris Rummell, Dickson Schneider and Shawn Burson.