Alameda

Reflecting on Alameda stories written over past 52 weeks

Part 1

Alameda is a mecca to the architectural historian, featuring homes and commercial structures spanning most major architectural movements since the mid-1800s. 

The city recently became home to a property representing the next bold leap in construction — container architecture.

The new Big Discount Tire Pros shop incorporates 21 previously used shipping containers into its design. The company  moved here from its former facility on Park Street, a historic brick-veneer structure dating back to the 1950s.

Many people in Alameda know that I was born and raised here. I attended local schools and my parents have been active members in this community for more than 50 years. In April, I will begin my 26th year as a member of the Alameda Police Department (APD). It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be the Chief of Police in the city where I was born. I am committed to doing everything I can to make Alameda, my hometown, as safe as possible.

 

Martinez-based MCK Services, Inc. has a contract with the city to pave Lincoln Avenue. As the work progresses, the company needs to leave its heavy equipment overnight where that equipment is readily available the next morning. 

The neighbors on St. Charles Street and those living on neighboring streets wonder how MCK got permission to park on St. Charles Street 24-hours a day, including a weekend. 

Last Sunday’s Halloween Hoopla on Webster Street was another success this year. It brought several scary figures to the West End for some festive fun. The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) hosted the Hoopla last weekend, prior to Halloween. Among the attendees were the Loorz family of Alameda (above) dressed as characters from Nightmare Before Christmas. Family members include: Felicia Chavez-Loorz as Barrel, Rob Loorz as Mr. Oogie Boogie, Lilith Chavez-Loorz as Shock and Xavier Chavez-Loorz as Lock.

 

Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri speaks with Melinda Ornburg and Jeff Cambra at “Coffee with a Cop” at Starbucks Coffee Shop on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The coffee klatsch offered residents of Alameda the opportunity to speak with their police officers, ask them questions about the department and voice their concerns about crime in the city. There was no agenda or speeches, just a chance to get to meet the men and women who do their best to protect and serve the City of Alameda. 

 

 

The Navy has completed the final round of inspections and cleanup of the last traces of the radioactive metal called Radium-226 in Building 5 at Alameda Point. The aircraft hangar complex is where the Navy refurbished its planes, including repainting tiny instrument dials, switches, and markers with glow-in-the-dark paint that contained radium. 

Radium is a naturally occurring element found in miniscule amounts in soil and water posing no health risk. Its risk comes from ingesting the element regularly, such as in industrial settings.

Help Puerto Rico, enjoy live music

A special ’Round the World Festival and Fundraiser will take place this Sunday, Oct. 8, will dedicate 50 percent of its proceeds to those recovering from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Doors open at 11 a.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW). The event is family-friendly and will feature performances by Babá Ken & The Nigerian Brothers, Taller Bombalele, Michael Nejad and Capoeira by Sumido of Capoeira Mandinga.

 

The City of Alameda recently closed escrow on the sale of the 50,000-square-foot Building 91 at West Tower Avenue and Pan Am Way on Alameda Point, across West Tower from the powertrain manufacturer Wrightspeed. The transaction marks the city’s first successful sale of property for private development at the Point. The commercial developer is currently restoring the 73-year-old former storage facility for modern-day commercial use.  

 

The City of Alameda is providing two discounted taxi programs for seniors and people with disabilities: Premium and Medical Return Trip Improvement Program (MRTIP). 

Vouchers for the premium program cost $1.50 each. Enrolled riders can use this service for different trips like shopping and doctor appointments. The premium program is available to residents of Alameda that are 70 years old or older, are enrolled with East Bay Paratransit and individuals are limited to a maximum of 30 premium taxi vouchers every three months. 

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