After a sip of water and a bite of a medjool date, Maz Khan, 17, recites the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer. The men, women, and children at Quba Mosque on Haight Avenue attending the nightly iftar — a meal breaking the daily fast — resume eating. Khan, a senior at Alameda High School, and Alameda Muslims join an estimated 1.5 billion people observing Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims believe the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Ramadan began May 16.
Homeless camps dispersed from park across the water
A new issue has arisen on the Oakland Estuary across from the Alameda Marina. Alameda and Oakland residents and businesses along the estuary breathed easier some five years ago with the completion of a $4.3 million cleanup of the waterway. The Alameda Police Department (APD) was among 15 agencies involved in clearing the estuary of debris. (“Estuary Cleanup in Full Swing,” Oct. 25, 2013).
Starting last Thursday, May 17, some 35 Gig Car Share vehicles appeared on the main island. The cars are ready for use for one-way trips between Alameda, core East Bay communities and two San Francisco locations.
Performance, presentation celebrate Island City history
Last year’s Island City Waterways (ICW) presented by Rhythmix Cultural Works celebrated Alameda’s north shore with a site specific roving art experience that left many a local resident spellbound. The artful presentation of local history expressed through dance, poetry and visual art broke new ground in the city. This year, a new version of ICW is centered around Alameda’s south shore history centered at Crab Cove.
The City Council will meet tomorrow at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. to review and vote on accepting its workplan and to assess the upcoming fiscal year’s budget report. The workplan outlines programs and projects that the City Council is considering in the next fiscal year, including Council referrals.