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The City of Alameda announced its official list of Toys For Tots drop off locations in the city earlier this week. The U.S Marine Corps Toys For Tots program anticipates needing holiday toys for 1,000 or more Alameda children this year. 
The last day to donate will be Friday, Dec. 18. Drop off sites at local schools will be collected Wednesday morning, Dec. 16. Questions? Contact Jim Franz at jfranz@alamedaca.gov or 747-6883. Other Alameda drop sites can be found at www.toysfortots.org.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today (Thursday, Dec. 3) that it will close the Posey Tube next week for cleaning and other maintenance.

The Posey Tube, leaving Alameda, will be closed as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 9, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning.
  • Thursday, December 10, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning.

Questions or information about the Tube closures should be directed to Tony Padilla, Caltrans, Tunnels & Tubes, at (510) 286-0315.

Sylvia Gibson and friends from Alameda Sustainability Action Projects (ASAP) took a bicycle ride along the Alameda shoreline on Thanksgiving Day to help “burn off the pie.” There was more to the ride than simply pie, however. “We were taking part in the Global Climate March, which is asking world leaders meeting in Paris this week to commit to 100 percent clean energy as part of the next global climate deal,” Gibson said.   

Pacific Shops, Inc., the present owner of Alameda Marina is looking to the future. In 2012 the city not only renewed Pacific Shops’ lease to the marina, but gave the company an initial 25-year term, with a 41-year extension if the city approves more development and that development takes place. Pacific Shop has since hired a developer and an architect to move forward with that development. The city took the first step in that direction by rezoning the site to allow Pacific Shops to redevelop the marina. 

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