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A coalition of business associations (the West Alameda, Greater Alameda and Downtown Alameda business associations and the Alameda Chamber of Commerce) has been meeting monthly to create a unified voice for business. 

The coalition’s first joint venture will be a Candidates Business Forum for the Mayoral and City Council candidates. It will be moderated by Randy Shandobil, former political reporter for KTVU, and the questions asked of the candidates will be related to business issues.

Bringing the community together for a celebration of global cultures through dance, music, art and food, Rhythmix Cultural Works presents its third annual ‘Round the World Festival this Sunday, Oct. 7, from noon to 3 p.m. Guests of all ages are invited to take a journey through West Africa, Brazil, Japan, Persia, India, Spain and Latin America with hands-on arts activities, demos, delicious treats and more.


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) staff is in the early stages of planning for a second tube across San Francisco Bay. One of the routes BART is considering would run under Alameda and bring with it at least one station. The new tube could also bring Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor train service running in tandem with BART across the Bay.

Mayor Trish Spencer was among the models at this year’s popular Mastick Senior Center Fashion Show. Master of Ceremonies Gretchen Lipow introduced the 22 senior models wearing donated clothing from the Mastick Thrift Shop. In addition to models parading around the hall, a luncheon was served by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Alameda. The annual event also featured an intermission for door prizes. “The clothing this year was bright and colorful,” said Lipow. “I enjoyed not only describing their outfits, but shouting out in support of the women themselves who were participating.”

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will completely close the northbound Interstate 880 onramp at 23rd Avenue for two weeks starting tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 28, until Monday, Oct. 15. According to Caltrans, the closure is necessary to complete the connector ramp for the new 23rd Avenue overcrossing onto northbound I-880.

Caltrans will post warning messages and detour signs. Project information can be found at