James Wallace Sweeney is 2016 Parade Grand Marshal
Jim Sweeney and his wife Jean, enabled the City of Alameda to obtain the 40 acre Beltline Railroad property at it’s original 1925 purchase price, a small fraction of its current value. They also achieved the rezoning to open space of the 22-acre rail yard portion by means of a voter initiative. The railroad yard is now being developed as the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.
Following Jim’s retirement from the Navy as a Judge Advocate he settled in Alameda in 1972 and began volunteering for various city activities. He has served on the Base Reuse Advisory Group Housing Committee, the Economic Development Strategic Plan Committee and the Webster Streetscape Committee.
Jim is a member of Kiwanis, has served as a member of the board of directors of the Alameda Navy League, as a member of the Alameda Citizens Task Force, Bike Walk Alameda and as commander and board member of the American Legion Post 647.
It is a great pleasure for the Mayor’s 4th of July Parade to have Jim Sweeney as its 2016 Grand Marshal.