Alameda News

This story originally aired on KALW-FM.

I’m on the east side of Alameda Island, standing in mud in front of a storm drain that empties out into San Leandro Bay. There’s a stretch of homes right on the shoreline looking out at estuaries, the Oakland Airport, and Coliseum. The waterline isn’t quite at my feet right now, but in less than a century I’d likely be standing in water up to my shoulders.

The Alameda Police Department (APD) is teaming up with the San Leandro Police Department to host the second annual Police Canine Competition. Last year’s event successfully showcased more than 50 canine teams from across California. These teams came together to compete in narcotic detection and patrol scenarios. The competition attracted the largest attendance in the recent history of the Western States Police Canine Association as more than 300 spectators and local media groups watched special handler-canine teams in action.

At its Tuesday, July 30 meeting the City Council gave the go-ahead for the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) to participate in a program that will hopefully allow Alameda County Hospitals to run more efficiently.

Lincoln Park came alive last Saturday with a celebration that recalled "Alameda 1902." Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society (PEERS) showed the way to a time 112 years ago when the Oakland Estuary opened to boats and barges from San Francisco Bay to San Leandro Bay. The free picnic and dance featured Victorian- and Edwardian-era costumes and music from the band Bangers & Mash. PEERS welcomed suffragettes to the party as long as they wore their "rational" costumes.

Alameda resident Elhassan A. Ibrahim has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).

"NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement," said Stephen E. Loflin, NSCS founder and chief executive officer. "Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel and service projects both on campus and in the community."