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The City of Alameda has an event planned for this Saturday, Feb. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon, to celebrate the completion of the Cross Alameda Trail (CAT) along Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway (RAMP) and Atlantic Avenue, between Main Street and Constitution Way. This 0.9-mile segment of the Cross Alameda Trail will create 1.5 continuous miles of separated walking and bicycling trails.

At its Feb. 18 meeting, the Alameda City Council approved a plan that would convert the northwest section of Alameda Point into a regional shoreline park.

The Council approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). The MOU calls for the city to lease a 158-acre section of Alameda Point to EBRPD for 66 years at no cost. The deal is contingent on EBRPD developing, operating and maintaining what will be called the Northwest Territories Regional Shoreline. 

Nonprofit arts organizations in the Island City have raised alarm over the passing of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) aimed at leveling the playing field of the gig economy. The impact of the bill on arts organizations, freelance artists, writers and musicians has been expensive. 

Alameda’s performing arts group since the 1930s, Altarena Playhouse — known as Northern California’s longest-running performing arts venue — has expressed concern over its future; the diverse offerings of Rhythmix Cultural Works are threatened; Island City Opera canceled its 2020 season. 

Cellular users within Alameda city limits now have the ability to text emergencies to Alameda Police Department’s (APD) Communication Center. Texting is an option when it is unsafe to use one’s voice to make a 911 call, if unable to speak due to an emergency or for the hearing or speech impaired.

Alamedans have two opportunities — one tonight, and one next month — to support Alameda Meals on Wheels’ (AMOW) efforts. AMOW is a locally-funded, seven-day-a-week program that has been delivering hot, nourishing meals to Alameda residents since 1973.