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Least terns, harbor seals and western bluebirds are just part Alameda’s rich variety of wildlife that recently had their day in the sun — or drizzle — as part of Golden Gate Audubon Society’s “Wild! In Alameda” symposium, which included trips to viewing stations around the Island City. 

Some 100 people, including Mayor Trish Spencer, visited the Main Library on Saturday, April 9, for the two-hour symposium and slide show that featured the species that make Alameda their home for all or part of the year.

Crewmembers from the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) rescued a distressed kite surfer in the waters off Shore Line Drive last Saturday. A crew in an East Bay Regional Parks District helicopter assisted in the rescue.  

AFD dispatch received a report of the distressed kite surfer at 5:23 pm. When they arrived on scene, AFD firefighters located the surfer about one-half mile from the shore. They deployed Rescue Boat No. 1, and one of the department’s rescue swimmers reached the kite surfer and helped her to shore. There were no injuries in the rescue.


Two employees shot last Saturday

Alameda Police Department (APD) announced that its officers arrested Valente Blanco-Garcia, 20, shortly after a double shooting last Saturday at the ARCO gas station, 1260 Park St. On Monday, the Alameda County District Attorney’s office charged Blanco-Garcia with two counts of attempted murder.

Sunday, April 17, through Saturday, May 21, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Caltrans contractors will close the Posey Tube to repair the pedestrian guardrail within the tube.

Detours will be in place. Motorists are advised to expect delays and encouraged to take alternate routes if necessary and also that traffic fines are doubled in construction zones.

For more information, contact Marcus Wagner of CalTrans at 622-8758.


Councilman Tony Daysog was one of three signers of a petition for a ballot measure filed with the City Clerk on March 31 that would amend the city’s Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance.