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The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau identified a man who drowned in the waters off Crown Beach on Friday, June 1, as 73-year-old Dr. Andres Caicedo. The victim, a surgeon from Walnut Creek, died while kite-surfing. Firefighters were called to Crown Memorial State Beach at 4:26 p.m. 

The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) received a report that a kite-surfer had brought a second, unresponsive kite-surfer ashore. AFD transported Caicedo to Alameda Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 


Just before 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) received a report of a power outage at Alameda Point. AMP sent crews to right the problem,. 

AMP reported that investigators discovered tools used to cut their wires and determined a copper thief may have caused the outage. Alameda Police Department is investigaing the matter. 

The city of Alameda’s 52nd annual Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest winners have been announced. According to the Alameda Recreation and Park Department, a total of 178 people in 41 groups entered the sand castle category and 252 people in 48 groups competed in the sand sculpture category.

Sand Castles
The best in show award for the sand castle category went to Arlo, Finn and Co., of Alameda for their “Seaweed, Pyramid & Skull.”

At its May 29 meeting the Planning Board unanimously approved the Alameda Marina master plan and the adoption of the plan’s Environmental Impact (EIR); the vote was 5-0. Pacific Shops, Inc. owns the property, which consists of 27 acres of land. The City of Alameda owns the 17 acres of waterfront property, which it has leased to Pacific Shops, Inc. The combined properties are located on the north side of Clement Avenue bordered by Willow Street on the east and the Alameda Municipal Power offices on the west. 

The first and only licensed Zumba instructor with Down Syndrome, Yulissa Arescurenaga, 26, will be among the instructors at Alameda Adaptive Art’s Zumbathon fundraiser at Mariner Square Athletic Club this Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Alameda’s performing arts group for young adults with special needs.  

Arescurenaga fell in love with Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance group workout, in 2008. After practicing and memorizing dance routines for nearly six hours a day, Arescurenaga became certified to teach Zumba in 2012.