Alameda News

As the second quarter of 2014 drew to a close on June 30, the city’s coffers contained almost $300,000 more in sales-tax revenue than they did on June 30, 2013, the latest figures show. The city’s share of sales-tax revenue from April to June 2013 amounted to $1.67 million; revenue during the same period last year equaled $1.97 million, a 17.9 percent increase.

The public has a chance for an up-close and personal look at plans for "Site A" at Alameda Point. The city is hosting a confab from 6 to 8 p.m., this evening, Thursday, Jan. 29, at Callahan Piano Service, 1800 Ferry Point. The city has scheduled no public presentation so visitors can drop by anytime.

Members of the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) school board are in the process of selecting someone to fill the seat vacated by Mayor Trish Spencer. Last week the board selected the 10 candidates they will invite to take the next step.

At a special Jan. 22 meeting at Island High School, board members listened to public comments and heard personal statements from the 19 applicants for the seat. The board then chose 10 of 19 candidates to return for a second round of questioning next Tuesday.

Business as usual at the corner of St. Charles Street and Lincoln Avenue will never quite be the same again as after 65 years at the location, Pagano’s Hardware Store will be moving. Alamedans have enjoyed Pagano’s labrynthine aisles, hidden nooks and charming staff since 1950 when Andy "Mr. Alameda" Pagano opened the store that bears his name.

The only connection that the Pan Am Clipper has to Building 41 is the mural, seen in the background of the above picture. Despite the 1995 date on the painting, the mural was likely placed there after the Naval Air Station closed in 1997. Pan Am did have hangars for their Clippers, but they stood near Alameda Airport, which lies buried under the air station’s runways. Pan Am tore its hangars down in 1939.

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