In October 2018, the City of Alameda released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the rehabilitation and reuse of the long-vacant Alameda Carnegie Library at 2264 Santa Clara Ave. and the adjacent Foster House at 1429 Oak St. The goal of the RFQ was to find a tenant for the Carnegie that would provide cultural, educational and economic benefits to the Alameda community, restore and maintain the historic character of the building and provide for public use of the building as frequently as possible.
The fourth annual Alameda Spelling Bee held at Otis Elementary School Feb. 2, saw last year’s third place finisher, Ella Banchieri, take the honor as the Island’s top speller for 2019. She and second-place finisher Elena Morishige dueled through spelling increasingly difficult words. The words in the final showdown included: phenomenon, complexion, propinquity, ricochet, tumultuous, surveillance, aggregation (which both spellers misspelled), catastrophe, circumference, dementia and finally, scrumptious.
Alameda City Council authorized the interim city manager to work with the Alameda Social Services Human Relations Board to finalize the city’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) at its Jan. 15 meeting.