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“The Alameda City Council and I are delighted to announce that we have unanimously selected Eric J. Levitt as our new City Manager, effective April 12,” stated Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. “With 18 years of city management experience, we are confident Levitt will be an effective leader to our very talented group of department heads and city staff.” 

Dignitaries with the City of Alameda and members of the public celebrated the Year of the Pig last Saturday with a festival on Webster Street at Haight Avenue. Flanked by lion dancers from the Toi Shan Family Association are: West Alameda Business Association Executive Director Linda Asbury, Vice Mayor John Knox White, Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Councilmember Tony Daysog. The event was co-sponsored by the Toi Shan Family Foundation, East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association and the City of Alameda. For more scenes from the festival.


Project Tree’s first Tree Care Workshop on Jan. 26 was quite the success. The Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) reported 32 attendees received 28 coupons to purchase trees at local nurseries (one to a household). The coupons were underwritten by a donation from the Alameda Sun.

ABG volunteers helped guide gardeners with a wide range of gardening know-how, from beginners to seasoned professionals. The group hosted a lively discussion on the variety of factors that come into play when trying to choose and plant the right tree in the right spot in one’s yard.


In 1943, Edwin Leon Coleman boarded a segregated train with his parents in El Dorado, Ark., and headed to Alameda. Since White soldiers and passengers occupied all the seats in the “colored” area of the train, Coleman, his mother and sister rode in the vestibule between cars most of the way to California. Despite the uncomfortable half-week journey, the family held out hope that better opportunities would await them in California. Little did the Colemans know that segregation awaited them in the Golden State.