Alameda

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Alameda community celebrated a historic occasion with the grand opening of Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. 

The 25-acre park is located on the former Alameda Belt Line Railroad property on the west side of the island. The site now includes open space areas and active uses such as a natural based playground, picnic pavilion and a segment of the Cross Alameda Trail for bicyclists and pedestrians. 

On Dec. 5, 1867, California Governor Henry Huntly Haight used his inaugural speech to rail against the citizenship and voting rights of formerly enslaved Africans and Asians and immigration from Asia. 

Some 150 years later, on Dec. 5, 2017, I contacted the Haight Elementary School PTA and encouraged them to initiate the process to rename Haight. Students and parents petitioned to rename the school. The Haight Renaming Committee solicited name suggestions, hosted a community forum and held two student-centered elections. 

The Camp Fire in Butte County started Thursday, Nov. 8, and impacts were felt in Alameda almost immediately. Air quality quickly reached unsafe for sensitive groups. Smoke from The Camp Fire, the most destructive and deadliest fire in California history, continued to worsen Bay Area air quality to hazardous levels. Residents were advised to stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed and close fireplace dampers. When outside, residents were encouraged to avoid exertion and wear properly fitted N95 respirator masks.

Imagine going back in time and strolling along Park Street in the 1950s. If you’re anything like me, you’d be paying attention to the cars parked on the street as much as the shop windows.

That’s what it was like last Saturday at the downtown Alameda Classic Car Show. There were more than 400 cars in attendance, so many that the show spanned six blocks of Park Street between Buena Vista and Encinal avenues. The weather was a perfect 75 degrees and thousands were on hand to enjoy the show but not so many that spectators couldn’t take their time.

Alamedans gather to send message to U.S. senators

Local activists, concerned constituents and community leaders gathered at City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to send senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein a clear message: Vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. The activists cited that his “hostility toward women and lack of credibility make him unfit to serve a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.” 

The City of Alameda recently studied the six public access pathways along Fernside Boulevard and Eastshore Drive to assess what recreational uses are possible there. City staff will now solicit community feedback, bring a recommendation on the uses of each of the pathways to the Recreation and Parks Commission and return to the City Council for final approval.

Residents of Alameda can weigh in on the status and future of these small parks at three upcoming events. 

Ospreys returned again this year to nest at Alameda Point’s Seaplane Lagoon. But midway through the rearing process, the female became the sole provider and protector of her three chicks, after the male became entangled in fishing line. Such osprey single parenting is unheard of. The nest on an old Navy light stand at the entrance to the Seaplane Lagoon is familiar to the ospreys, having raised young here before. The crown of sticks has become part of the fixture, decorated by the ospreys with “arts and crafts” bits of fabric and string. 

Local students Braydon Honegger, Jayden Biggs, and Milan and London Rushworth started their school years on Monday. Honegger attends Frank Otis Elementary School, Biggs attends Paden Elementary School and the Rushworth sisters attend Haight Elementary School. Alameda Unified School District’s 16 schools are now open across the Island, and the Alameda Sun reminds everyone to drive safely and protect the young students who walk and ride their bicycles to school. The speed limit in nearly every place in Alameda is 25 miles per hour.

Candidate disqualified for not having his checkbook

City Council candidate Amos White appeared at City Hall to file his final papers to run for City Council on deadline day, Wednesday, Aug. 15. He said that he arrived about 5:30 p.m., which gave him 30 minutes to complete the process. This meant filling out the necessary papers and making a payment. 

Alameda police join East Bay raid

Two major arrests were made last week that have connections to Alameda.

Multi-City Raid
SWAT teams from several East Bay police departments, including the Alameda Police Department (APD), arrested four armed-robbery suspects on Wednesday, June 6, in relation to recent armed robberies at cellphone stores. 

The Berkeley Police Department (BPD), along with the Oakland, Hayward, Brentwood and Pittsburg police departments were also involved in the multi-city operation. 

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