Alameda News


Christmas Tree Lane
Thompson Avenue really outdid itself last Saturday night for the opening of its holiday decoration celebration known as “Christmas Tree Lane.” Each home on the street contributes something fantastic and the street drew a dense first-night crowd. There were new Star Wars: Rogue 1 illuminated characters abounding, including Yoda and R2D2, along with old favorites Mickey Mouse and The Muppets. Other decorations featured accompanying music, moving, flashing lights of all colors and more.


Mayor Trish Spencer, fellow council members and other officials got a little help from a much larger “golden” shovel on Monday, Nov. 14, when they joined Tim Lewis Communities and the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda to celebrate the groundbreaking of Star Harbor’s Warehouse 48 (formerly the Del Monte Warehouse). The development project includes the adjacent Senior Affordable Housing Building at the corner of Sherman Street and Buena Vista Avenue. The project will consist of approximately 380 residential units and 30,000 square feet of commercial space.


Street repairs and hot mix asphalt patching are scheduled to begin, weather permitting, today, Thursday, Dec. 1, and expected to end on Dec. 16. Construction will take place Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The following locations have been identified for repair:
• Clement Avenue, from Grand Street to Broadway
• Fortmann Way, from Grand Street to Alaska Packer Place
• The intersection of Grand Street and Fortmann Way


Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Alameda resident Troy Taira, to a three-year term as a commissioner on the state Board of Parole Hearings. If approved by the state senate, he would sit as one of 12 full-time commissioners and earn $142,095, a year. 

The City of Alameda passed a Rent Stabilization Ordinance on March 1 that was affirmed by voters with the recent passage of Measure L1. Under the City’s Ordinance, Alameda renters are offered a number of protections pertaining to annual rent increases, lease terms, and wrongful evictions.