On Dec. 5, 1867, California Governor Henry Huntly Haight used his inaugural speech to rail against the citizenship and voting rights of formerly enslaved Africans and Asians and immigration from Asia.
Some 150 years later, on Dec. 5, 2017, I contacted the Haight Elementary School PTA and encouraged them to initiate the process to rename Haight. Students and parents petitioned to rename the school. The Haight Renaming Committee solicited name suggestions, hosted a community forum and held two student-centered elections.
At its Monday, Dec. 10, meeting, the Planning Board unanimously gave the go-ahead to Marriot to build its Residence Inn at Harbor Bay on a 5.5-acre site just to the south of the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal. The board made the vote before a packed house of residents who voiced both approval and disapproval of the project. Residents who oppose the plan have the option of appealing the decision to the City Council. After the meeting some said they planned to do just that.
First Presbyterian Church of Alameda will honor Rev. Jack Buckley as Pastor Emeritus on Sunday, Dec. 16, during the worship service at 10:30 a.m. and at a reception following the service at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.
Four officers injured in squabble; Porch pirate nabbed
Four Alameda Police Department (APD) officers had to be treated for injuries after responding to a suspicious circumstance call in the early morning hours of Dec. 5.
APD received repeated calls around 2:15 a.m. from a male claiming to hear people following him. Upon arriving at the 2300 block of Buena Vista Avenue, officers approached a 40-year-old male and confirmed he was the person who made the repeated calls to APD.
The City of Alameda kicked off the holiday season with a festive celebration at City Hall last Saturday. City officials, the poets laureate and several musical performers entertained a festive crowd. Children enjoyed free candy canes and visits with Kris Kringle himself. Following the event, merchants in downtown Alameda invited revelers to warm up on the Hot Cocoa Crawl. Throughout the season, Santa Claus will be dropping by locations on Park Street, Webster Street and South Shore Shopping Center. That jolly, old elf in the red suit sure does get around.