Alameda News


An Oakland man accused of two counts of murder refused to testify at his own court trial last Wednesday, May 4.

Diantay Powell, is accused of killing two girls, Bobbie Sartain and Rachel Gerstel, on Nov. 25, 2012, on Minna Avenue near Brookdale Park in Oakland. Sartain and Gerstel were 16 and 15 years old, respectively, at the time of their deaths. 


May is bicycle month throughout California, and here in Alameda Bike to Work Day is the main celebration. Today is Bike to Work Day with hundreds of commuters turning to two-wheeled transportation. For those riding on their first Bike to Work Day, here are some tips to help prepare.

Plan in advance: Practice riding shorter distances to get comfortable riding a bike. Pre-rides are also a great way to assess if a bike or equipment needs a tune-up.


The Alameda Home Team is hosting a community forum during Affordable Housing Week. The event will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m., next Thursday, May 19, in the Ratskeller at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. 

The forum will cover housing and jobs in terms of competing priorities: topics that must be addressed as complementary issues. The forum will also present the current developments of new affordable homes critically needed in Alameda. 


Optimized Wellness Center, Alameda’s new premier health and wellness center, will host an open house on Friday, May 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. The center is located at 2381 Mariner Square Dr., Suite 170

Join them for drinks and appetizers and get to know the doctors. Tour the facility and learn about their services. Complimentary screenings and childcare will be available. There’s plenty of parking so bring family, friends and neighbors. Learn more at or call 497-4424.



Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), 2600 Barbers Point Road, is hosting a farm-to-table luncheon this Sunday, May 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. The luncheon will feature sustainably grown food from APC’s Farm2Market program. Come meet an APC resident who has worked at the farm as part of APC’s on-the-job training program. You will also meet chef Matthew Dolan, one of the top Bay Area chefs. He will speak about being green and sustainable in business and in our private lives.