Alameda News

The city has selected Julia Park Tracey as its Poet Laureate. She will be officially appointed to a two-year term on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the City Council meeting, when she will read a commemorative inaugural poem. The meeting takes place Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, jurors found Charles Kimbrough, 32, guilty of the April 20, 2011, first-degree murder of Adrian Falcon Sapp, 32, at the Summer House Apartments, 1826 Poggi St. The jury deliberated for only two hours.

Tickets are now on sale for the sixth season of Live@the Library. This concert series brings some of the Bay Area’s top names in jazz and American music to an intimate performing space in the Regina K. Stafford Rooms at the Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St.

This year’s lineup includes Jamie Davis on Saturday, Sept. 20; the Marcus Shelby Trio on Saturday Oct. 11 and a "guitar summit" on Saturday, Nov. 15. The Marcus Shelby Trio features Kim Nalley. The guitar summit will bring Terrence Brewer, Steve Erquiaga and Calvin Keys together.

The San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed former City Councilman Frank Matarrese in his bid to regain a seat on the council.

The teachers’ union, the Alameda Education Association, has announced its continued support of Mayor Marie Gilmore in her bid to stay on as mayor. This endorsement came in spite of Alameda Unified School District trustee Trish Spencer announcing her bid for the mayor’s seat (see Point-Counterpoint on this weeks’ Opinion page, page 6.).

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.