Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded just before midnight, on Monday, March 2, to the report of a fire at the long-shuttered Fire Station No. 3 at Grand Street and Pacific Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they found a fire inside a wall and attic space. 

Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) returned home to Alameda’s Coast Guard Island last Sunday after a 78-day deployment during which the cutter’s crew seized an estimated $115 million worth of cocaine from suspected smugglers in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The crew patrolled known drug-transit zones in the Eastern Pacific between late December and mid-January, interdicting three suspected drug-smuggling vessels yielding a total of 6,680 pounds of pure cocaine.

The Alameda High School (AHS) basketball teams went 1-out-of-2 in North Coast Section (NCS) Div. II tournament championship games Saturday, Feb. 29.

Women’s Basketball
The AHS women’s basketball team won the NCS Div. II title after defeating Montgomery High of Santa Rosa, 58-39, at Pinole Valley High.

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft.

Dear Mayor Ashcraft:
While light-emitting diode (LED) lights save energy, there is also a significant downside to using LED. We at Soft Lights would like to provide information to help the Alameda City Council make wise outdoor-lighting decisions.

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD), which includes College of Alameda, announced it reached contractual agreements with two different unions last month. The district’s Board of Trustees approved three-year agreements with the Peralta Federation of Teachers (PFT) and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) on Feb. 25.

In response to growing concern from practice members and the community, local health professional Dr. Tim Heath has scheduled a special health talk this Saturday, March 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. 

Heath will answer questions including: What health measures can I take? How can I boost my immune system? Should I bug in or bug out? How do I prepare for myself and my family without anxiety?

According to Heath, the Golden Rule of emergency preparedness is, “If you’re not prepared, you’re prepared to fail.”

The City of Alameda has an event planned for this Saturday, Feb. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon, to celebrate the completion of the Cross Alameda Trail (CAT) along Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway (RAMP) and Atlantic Avenue, between Main Street and Constitution Way. This 0.9-mile segment of the Cross Alameda Trail will create 1.5 continuous miles of separated walking and bicycling trails.

Cellular users within Alameda city limits now have the ability to text emergencies to Alameda Police Department’s (APD) Communication Center. Texting is an option when it is unsafe to use one’s voice to make a 911 call, if unable to speak due to an emergency or for the hearing or speech impaired.

Nonprofit arts organizations in the Island City have raised alarm over the passing of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) aimed at leveling the playing field of the gig economy. The impact of the bill on arts organizations, freelance artists, writers and musicians has been expensive. 

Alameda’s performing arts group since the 1930s, Altarena Playhouse — known as Northern California’s longest-running performing arts venue — has expressed concern over its future; the diverse offerings of Rhythmix Cultural Works are threatened; Island City Opera canceled its 2020 season. 

Dennis Evanosky
Two pedestrian deaths over a 12-day span have put Alameda on edge. On Jan. 31 an alleged drunk driver struck and killed a pedestrian on Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. When officers from the Alameda Police Department (APD) arrived, they arrested the driver. Police learned that the state of California had suspended his driver’s license. They also learned that the driver had taken the car allegedly involved in the death without the owner’s permission.