Alameda News

Alameda firefighters attacked a fire burning at a home on the 1600 block of San Antonio Avenue on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 5. When they arrived, crewmembers found significant fire on the second floor and exterior of the house. They limited the damage to a bedroom and patio. No one was injured, and the cause remains under investigation. While providing mutual aid with an engine and a ladder truck during the fire, Oakland Fire Department responded to four calls in Alameda. 

Measure A is an exclusionary zoning charter amendment adopted by the Alameda electorate in 1973 designed to prohibit construction of multifamily housing. Proponents emerged in opposition to the proposed development of Harbor Bay Isle by Utah Construction and Doric Development and the pro-growth City Council incumbents. Although purported to “protect the environment,” an examination of the stated positions of the original “framers” and opponents, and the multiple legal challenges can help Alamedans understand how Measure A prolonged racial and economic inequalities.

Because of geography, Alameda falls within the scope of the Golden Gate Audubon Society’s Oakland Christmas Bird Count. The count takes place within a 15-mile-diameter circle centered in downtown Oakland. Alameda birders and others who join the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), are part of the Oakland Count. The Oakland Count started in 1938, took a few years off during World War II, and is now in its 79th year.

Effort left from Alameda; collects first load of plastic

Above, CEO and founder of The Ocean Cleanup, Boyan Slat, reported on the success of his mission to experiment with methods of collecting plastic waste floating in the Pacific Ocean. Slat’s project left from Alameda Point in fall of last year (“Ocean Cleanup Set to Launch,” Sept. 4, 2018).