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The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) officially opened the Ron Cowan Central Bay Maintenance and Operations Facility at Alameda Point last Thursday. 

Construction began in 2016. Overaa Construction and Power Engineering Construction teamed up with KPFF Consulting Engineers and ROMA Design Group to design and build the facility. 4Leaf, Inc. oversaw the facility’s construction. 


Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan joined city officials, homeless providers and community faith leaders yesterday to officially open the Alameda Warming Shelter at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. 

The shelter will remain open through April 14, 2019. It is designed to provide refuge for the city’s homeless during the winter. The nonprofit homeless provider, Building Futures, will operate the facility. 

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Alameda community celebrated a historic occasion with the grand opening of Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. 

The 25-acre park is located on the former Alameda Belt Line Railroad property on the west side of the island. The site now includes open space areas and active uses such as a natural based playground, picnic pavilion and a segment of the Cross Alameda Trail for bicyclists and pedestrians. 


At last Thursday’s school board meeting at Island High School, Mialisa Bonta set a precedent. The newly elected board member went on record as the first member ever to be elected president in less time than it took to attend the first meeting as a board member. 

Outgoing Council wraps up business as new Council waits in the wings

At its final meeting next Tuesday, Dec. 18, the outgoing City Council with Mayor Trish Spencer at the helm, is scheduled to vote on the final passage of three ordinances. This meeting is scheduled to begin with a consideration of two financial reports at special meeting of the City Council and the successor agency to the Community Improvement Commission at 5 p.m. 

The Council will then hold its regular meeting to decide, among other items: