Alameda News

The city invites residents to participate in the planning process focused on making Central Avenue safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

The city is currently studying ways of making the intersections of Central Avenue and Main Street at Pacific Avenue and at Sherman Street at Encinal Avenue safer, especially for students from Encinal High School and Paden Elementary Schools, both located on Central

Alameda Sun readers have the opportunity to help bring a life-size bronze sculpture of Amelia Earhart to the elementary school on Bay Farm Island that bears the legendary pilot’s name.

The Davis Family Foundation granted the Frank Bette Center for the Arts a $32,000 gift to commission the statue.

The sculpture, created by Jane DeDecker, is complete and ready for installation. The school needs additional funds to meet the requirements for a safe installation on its campus.

Container ship struck whale, dragged carcass into estuary

Employees of the Mariner Square Drystack and Marina at the foot of Mariner Square Drive had a surprise waiting for them when they arrived at work last Thursday. The discovered the carcass of a whale bobbing at the foot of the company’s dock.

According to the Coast Guard, a container ship with business just across the Oakland Estuary at the Port of Oakland struck the whale on the open ocean and dragged its carcass through the Golden Gate and into the Oakland Estuary on Monday, Aug. 24.

Friends of the Parks presents the "Play for the Parks" golf tournament, dinner and auction at the Corica Golf Complex, 1 Clubhouse Memorial Rd., 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14. Dinner and auction follow at Lincoln Park, Santa Clara Avenue and High Street, with Alameda’s own Don Ratto and his crew preparing the barbecue.

The auction includes many items, including a basketball shoe signed by Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors. The golf game is a scramble that offers the most enjoyable afternoon possible.

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Measure A Oversight Committee. Measure A, a parcel tax passed by Alameda community members in 2011, raises $12 million per year for core programs, including AP classes, neighborhood schools, small class sizes in grades K-3, athletics, enrichment, and technology. It sunsets in 2018.