A drone piloted by Alameda resident Zac Bowling captured the view of Alameda Point’s Site A, currently under construction. The former Navy jet that greeted visitors to the Alameda Naval Air Station’s East Gate appears in the green field halfway in the distance at left. Seaplane Lagoon lays just beyond. Building materials, recycled from the Navy base’s former structures await repurposing in the multi-use development. Site A is a 68-acre parcel adjacent to the Seaplane Lagoon. The development plan for the site was approved in 2015, allowing for 800 housing units with 25 percent affordable. Site A is part of the larger Town Center and Waterfront planning area that was approved in 2014.
Early Black migrants to Alameda establish community
Samuel G. Kimbrough fled Mississippi with his wife Mary and their children in 1915, fearing violence from the Ku Klux Klan. The family moved in with relatives in Alameda. By 1920, Samuel, a blacksmith, bought a home for the family on Lincoln Avenue near Grand Street.
The fourth annual Alameda Spelling Bee held at Otis Elementary School Feb. 2, saw last year’s third place finisher, Ella Banchieri, take the honor as the Island’s top speller for 2019. She and second-place finisher Elena Morishige dueled through spelling increasingly difficult words. The words in the final showdown included: phenomenon, complexion, propinquity, ricochet, tumultuous, surveillance, aggregation (which both spellers misspelled), catastrophe, circumference, dementia and finally, scrumptious.