Alameda News

Protesters turned out last Sunday in front of City Hall. They marched to Park Street and back chanting, "Black lives matter. All lives matter."

Dozens of Alamedans took to the streets Sunday to protest police killings of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo. and to express their frustration about the lack of charges against the officers responsible for the killings.

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Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has selected Nancy S. Baglietto as its new executive director. Baglietto is currently the director of operations, programs and development of the Regional Parks Foundation. The Regional Parks Foundation supports the East Bay Regional Park District.

At its Tuesday, Dec. 2, meeting the City Council offered preliminary approvals for a plan to build up to 380 new homes on the 11-acre Del Monte warehouse site, a development that one council member said could offer the last new housing the Island will see for years.

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The City of Alameda’s official holiday tree lighting ceremony brought revelers and protestors alike to the corner of Santa Clara Avenue and Oak Street in front of City Hall. The festivities included live music, The Dancing Christmas Trees, holiday decorations and more. Standing outside the Alameda Carnegie Library across the street, peaceful demonstrators held up signs drawing attention to decisions in recent police brutality cases that have drawn widespread protest from Brooklyn to Berkeley.

Jimmy Doolittle, shown here as a two-year-old Alamedan in 1898. While Doolittle lived here just a short time as a youth, he would later return to Alameda to make history.

Mayor Marie Gilmore has proclaimed Sunday, Dec. 14, "Jimmy Doolittle Day." The choice of the date is no coincidence.

Jimmy was born on Dec. 14, 1896, in Alameda to Frank and Rosa Doolittle. The family lived in the unassuming Queen Anne-style cottage on the southeast corner of Buena Vista Avenue and Foley Street where Jimmy was born.

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