News in Brief
Welcome Home, Stratton
Friends and family were excited to greet their loved ones aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton as it returned home to Coast Guard Island last Sunday. Since departing Jan. 6, Stratton completed a 22,000-mile patrol in support of joint counter-drug operations off the coast of California and in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
First Lady Michelle Obama commissioned the Stratton at Coast Guard Island on March 31, 2012. She is the official sponsor of the Stratton and is the first First Lady to sponsor a Coast Guard cutter.
The cutter is named for Dorothy Constance Stratton, the director of the SPARS, the United States Coast Guard Women’s Reserve during World War II.
City Hires Economic Development Manager
The city announced on Tuesday that it has hired Darrell A. Doan as the new economic development manager.
“With this new position, the city will be able to build on recent economic development initiatives,” stated Debbie Potter, director of the city’s Community Development Department in the press release announcing the appointment.
Potter stated that these initiatives include the Islander Shopper Campaign, regional marketing of Alameda and the mayor’s business visitation program.
Doan is a native Californian, who comes to Alameda from Baltimore, Md., where he worked as that city’s director of economic development and managing director of real estate development.
“The city of Alameda is very fortunate to have someone of Darrell’s caliber and experience join our team to enhance Alameda’s competitiveness as we work to generate jobs and increase sales tax revenue to pay for the City’s parks, streets and public safety services,” Potter stated.
Rosenblum Leaving Town
Rosenblum’s Cellars, a West End fixture for the past 27 years, is moving its operations across the Oakland Estuary to Jack London Square.
Doctor Kent Rosenblum founded the winery in 1978 and moved the company to its current location in 1987. He sold the winery to Diageo in 2008 for a reported $105 million. Diageo moved Rosenblum’s wine-production to Napa in 2010. San Francisco Business Times writer Chris Rauber stated that Rosenblum “scoffed” at the move saying, “This is what happens when you let bean counters run a company.”
In press release announcing the move, Diageo called finding a new location for the Alameda tasting room “a top priority. The Main Street lease expires in June and Diageo stated that it planned to open the Jack London Square venue in July.