The City of Alameda’s official holiday tree lighting ceremony brought revelers and protestors alike to the corner of Santa Clara Avenue and Oak Street in front of City Hall. The festivities included live music, The Dancing Christmas Trees, holiday decorations and more. Standing outside the Alameda Carnegie Library across the street, peaceful demonstrators held up signs drawing attention to decisions in recent police brutality cases that have drawn widespread protest from Brooklyn to Berkeley.
Jimmy Doolittle, shown here as a two-year-old Alamedan in 1898. While Doolittle lived here just a short time as a youth, he would later return to Alameda to make history.
Mayor Marie Gilmore has proclaimed Sunday, Dec. 14, "Jimmy Doolittle Day." The choice of the date is no coincidence.
Jimmy was born on Dec. 14, 1896, in Alameda to Frank and Rosa Doolittle. The family lived in the unassuming Queen Anne-style cottage on the southeast corner of Buena Vista Avenue and Foley Street where Jimmy was born.
A father and his children stop to admire one of the homes on Christmas Tree Lane. Since 1938 residents who live on Thompson Avenue between High Street and Fernside Boulevard have filled their yards and decorated their homes with holiday lights, transforming their street into Christmas Tree Lane. They will continue that 76-year-old tradition starting tomorrow evening, Dec. 5. The lights will shine each evening from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. through New Year’s Eve.
Developer Tim Lewis Communities (TLC) has scrapped plans to build housing at Crab Cove. TLC withdrew its development application from the city on Nov. 19. TLC is still moving forward with plans to develop the Del Monte warehouse site on Buena Vista Avenue.
In June 2011, TLC won the auction to purchase the property from the federal government. The East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) also bid on the property. On July 1, 2012, the City Council approved a measure that rezoned the site from government office to residential. EBRPD sued the city over the zoning decision.