A look at 2018 through the pages of the Alameda Sun
Part Two: July to December
Celebrating the Fourth
In usual grand fashion the city kicked off the second half of 2018 with its famous Fourth of July parade. Mayor Trish Spencer honored four pillars of the Alameda community, naming them the parade’s Grand Marshals: Mas Takano, Pauline Kelley, Duane Watson and Gordon Ma.
Judge Dellbert Gee, right, administers the oath of office to new City Councilmember John Knox White on Dec. 18. Knox White will take his seat on the Council with the city’s new mayor, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, newly elected Councilmembers Tony Daysog and Jim Oddie, as well as Councilmember Malia Vella.
Oddie, whose term had expired, was elected to fill the seat vacated when Ezzy Ashcraft won the majority.
Jim Franz ‘Retires’
The year began with the city giving Jim Franz, aka the “Energizer Bunny,” a royal send off. Franz moved to Alameda in 1981, where he got a job with the Red Cross and volunteered to sit on Alameda’s Social Service Human Relations Board.
His involvement in community affairs so impressed his fellow Island City dwellers that they named him “Man of the Year” and “Humanitarian of the Year.”
The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) officially opened the Ron Cowan Central Bay Maintenance and Operations Facility at Alameda Point last Thursday.
Construction began in 2016. Overaa Construction and Power Engineering Construction teamed up with KPFF Consulting Engineers and ROMA Design Group to design and build the facility. 4Leaf, Inc. oversaw the facility’s construction.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Alameda community celebrated a historic occasion with the grand opening of Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.
The 25-acre park is located on the former Alameda Belt Line Railroad property on the west side of the island. The site now includes open space areas and active uses such as a natural based playground, picnic pavilion and a segment of the Cross Alameda Trail for bicyclists and pedestrians.