Alameda News

Local students explore history on anniversary of horrific event in 2001

The freshmen in Brian Rodriguez’s "Modern World History" class at Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) were babies on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked and crashed four airliners on the East Coast.

A multi-agency collaboration by scientists investigating the "mystery goo" that affected more than 500 waterbirds in the East Bay in early January has identified the sticky substance as polymerized oil, most similar to vegetable oil.

The mysterious substance, ranging from an oily or gummy consistency to a hard varnish, coated East Bay waterbirds, severely limiting their ability to stay warm, float, fly and locate food. Investigators were unable to locate a pure sample of this material from a source, which in part is why the specific material has not been identified.

What do the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Parthenon and the city’s "Guide to Residential Design" have in common? They all contain the Golden Mean: A proportion — .618 to 1 — that people throughout the ages have considered aesthetically pleasing.

There is a difference, however. The Great Pyramid and the Parthenon have the Golden Mean set in stone. The city’s "Guide to Residential Design" has given its Golden Mean flexibility, something that architect Dick Rutter has a problem with.

The Navy has spent more than 15 years cleaning up contaminated groundwater underneath two former gas station sites at Alameda Point. They are still at it, but it’s not because the Navy is slow or lacking in commitment and expertise. It’s the nature of groundwater cleanup, which involves intermittent treatment efforts.

The city invites residents to participate in the planning process focused on making Central Avenue safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

The city is currently studying ways of making the intersections of Central Avenue and Main Street at Pacific Avenue and at Sherman Street at Encinal Avenue safer, especially for students from Encinal High School and Paden Elementary Schools, both located on Central