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.
Mayor Trish Spencer and the Alameda Sister City Association (ASCA) visited Dumaguete, Philippines, from Thursday, Nov. 19 until Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria invited Spencer to travel to his city to continue building the sister-city relationship that began when a Dumaguete delegation that included Sagabarria visited Alameda on June 6. (“Alameda Has New Sister City,” June 11). Interest in establishing a sister city in the Philippines began with Cynthia Bonta’s request to ASCA to consider Dumaguete as a candidate.