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Deliotte, an international audit and assurance, tax, legal, risk and financial advisory and consulting firm maintains a database of the fastest-growing companies in North America. Called the “Fast 500,” the companies chosen for the honor “combine technological innovation, entrepreneurship and rapid growth,” according to the Deliotte website. The 2018 winners included two companies from Alameda: Exelixis, Inc. and Penumbra, Inc. Both work in the healthcare industry and are located at the Harbor Bay Business Park. 


Alameda Family Services League will present five stately, festive and unique homes at its 48th annual fundraiser, the Alameda Holiday Home Tour, this Saturday, Dec. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. The tour features homes throughout the Island City dressed up for the holidays. Tourgoers also receive tickets to the delicious and charming Holiday Tea from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


To help Alameda residents prepare for the storm season, the City of Alameda’s Public Works Department opened its sandbag station at Alameda Point today, Tuesday, Dec. 4. The facility will remain open through the end of storm season. Public Works provides up to five free sandbags for Alamedans who can show proof of residency, such as an Alameda Municipal Power bill or current driver’s license with an Alameda address.


The City of Alameda provides three affordable transportation options for older residents or those with disabilities: the free Alameda Loop Shuttle service and two discounted taxi programs. The city would like to hear feedback from riders to help ensure these programs are meeting the community’s needs. To weigh in, riders may:

Chabad of Alameda celebrates start of Hanukkah

Members of the congregation, city officials and members of the public joined Chabad of Alameda for the lighting of a 9-foot Hanukkah menorah on the waterfront in the Bridgeside Center last Sunday, Dec. 2, the first night of the eight-day holiday. The ceremony, organized by Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Meir Shmotkin, featured a fire juggling show, arts and crafts, food and Mayor Trish Spencer lighting the attending candle.