Alameda News

A trip to Alameda’s Farmers Market is always a colorful experience.

l foodies flock to the quaint Farmers Market on Haight Avenue just off Webster Street. I arrive on my fire engine red bicycle as part of the zero emission market aficionados who leave their cars at home and walk, bike or ride the bus. There is an air of therapeutic leisure here, unlike shopping at major supermarkets where 40,000 packaged foods are nothing more than manufactured edibles (some inedible). They overwhelm the brain as shoppers grab and pick through the shelves and dump it all in a cart in a hurry.

The Encinal Jets and the Junior Jets are about to become one big, happy family.

On Tuesday the school board considered whether to combine Encinal High School and the Junior Jets middle school program on the Encinal campus into a single school. The new school would be called Encinal Junior/Senior High School.

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Expenditures for Alameda firefighters have been a concern for many Alameda residents for years. Part of the reason for the concern is the amount paid to Alameda firefighters in overtime pay, which ballooned in 2014.

Alameda Fire Department (AFD) employees received approximately $1,160,694 in overtime pay in 2014, according to the City of Alameda 2014 Employee Earning and Benefits Report. The pay has come under scrutiny from some Alameda residents.

A martial arts demonstration on the lagoon was just one of many performances at this year’s Lunar New Year Festival. For more images from the festival, visit the new gallery at

Assemblyman files Form 700 with list of ‘gifts’ received

Assemblyman Rob Bonta recently filed his statement of economic interest, called a Form 700, as required by the California Fair Practices Commission. On March 4, the state of California released the details of this statement and those filed by other elected officials and those with possible conflicts of interest.