Alameda News

Alamedans gather to send message to U.S. senators

Local activists, concerned constituents and community leaders gathered at City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to send senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein a clear message: Vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. The activists cited that his “hostility toward women and lack of credibility make him unfit to serve a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.” 

The Alameda-based ocean conservation organization, Blue Endeavors, announced recently it will host a new event called “Sharktoberfest” on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at their headquarters in South Shore Center.

The goal of Sharktoberfest is to get people together in a festive environment to help raise awareness of the importance of sharks in the ocean’s ecosystem. The idea is to create new advocates for sharks’ protection.

A total of 516 bicycle riders of all ages participated in last Saturday’s Bike for the Parks event based at Washington Park. The event took cyclists all over the Island City while also raising funds to maintain local parks. 

The event also featured a Team Challenge Contest. The winners, the Alameda Dragon Flyers, had 15 members in costumes. The group will receive a plaque from the Friends of the Parks. 

The City of Alameda recently studied the six public access pathways along Fernside Boulevard and Eastshore Drive to assess what recreational uses are possible there. City staff will now solicit community feedback, bring a recommendation on the uses of each of the pathways to the Recreation and Parks Commission and return to the City Council for final approval.

Residents of Alameda can weigh in on the status and future of these small parks at three upcoming events. 

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) announced that the Ron Cowan Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility at Alameda Point will soon begin operations. WETA broke ground for the project in September 2016 (“Ferry Facility Dedicated,” Sept. 22, 2016). The late Ron Cowan was on hand for dedication of the building that bears his name.