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Property 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: 

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.” 

Federal shutdown affecting locals 

Alameda was designated a Coast Guard City, one of 12 in the nation, in 2006. Many Coast Guard families live on the Island and Coast Guard Island, a part of Alameda. These service members aren’t receiving paychecks during the government shutdown, yet they are still out there working to keeping Americans safe. For some, especially those with kids, things are getting pretty tough. The East Bay Coast Guard Spouses have begun a drive to collect items in need to take some of the pressure off.  


The Navy’s next Alameda Point Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting will be held today, Thursday, Jan. 10. The meeting will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 950 W. Mall Square on Alameda Point. 

The public is welcome to attend to hear updates about the Navy’s cleanup and talk directly with the Navy and regulatory agency representatives. The meetings are held in the conference room upstairs.