Mayor Trish Spencer invited a few of her friends — all baseball fans — to join her on the City Hall steps last Friday. The United States Conference of Mayors has invited Spencer and other mayors across the land to “Play Ball” in a joint program coordinated by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. Above all “Play Ball” hopes to reach out to kids who don’t normally play the game. This year’s program aims to energize communities like Alameda and generate support and love for baseball and softball.
In 1981, Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office decided it was time to celebrate and thank police dispatchers. From Anderson’s idea grew National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week, a celebration that runs from April 9 to 15 this year.
The festivities began early for many dispatchers who attended the 32nd Annual Alameda County Public Safety Dispatcher Recognition Banquet last Saturday, April 8. While this was a special night for some, other dispatchers stayed behind at their respective agencies and held down the fort.
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton offloaded approximately six tons of cocaine in San Diego Friday. Several U.S. Coast Guard cutters seized the cocaine in nine interdictions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from mid-January through February.
The drugs, intercepted in international waters off the coast of Central and South America, represent eight interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels, known as pangas, and one case of seized bales of cocaine dumped by suspected smugglers.
The city and AC Transit’s Inter-agency Liaison Committee will meet next week to discuss public-transportation-related developments. Among the items on the agenda are updates on bus lines 19, 31 and 96. Line 19 serves the Northern Waterfront, while lines 31 and 96 carry passengers from Alameda Point to the MacArthur and Fruitvale BART stations respectively.