On Saturday, Sept. 8, at noon, local skateboarders who frequent Alameda’s Cityview Skatepark, 1177 W. Red Line Ave., will host the fourth annual “Land or Slam Skate Jam” fundraiser there in memory of the late Clay Harding, an Alameda skateboarder who lost his life in 2014. The event is free, open to all ages and features barbecue, local art and music and a skateboarding contest. Prizes donated by local skate shops will be given in three age categories. Registration for the contest starts at 11 a.m. with a $5 entry fee. All proceeds from the event will benefit the skatepark. 


Dutch inventor Boyan Slat founded Ocean Cleanup in 2013 in his hometown of Delft, the Netherlands. His staff consists of more than 70 engineers, researchers, scientists and computational modelers working daily to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. The company is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

With less than a week before the onset of the Jewish New Year, the question of where to attend services is high on the list for many Jewish families and singles. Recognizing the often high price tag attached to the experience, Chabad of Alameda is offering its friendly and welcoming services for free for individuals of all ages in the Alameda Jewish community.

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Alameda won’t apply for USDOJ cash

The City of Alameda is electing not to submit an application for the 2018 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ). Chief of Police Paul Rolleri advised Alameda County officials that the city would not apply for this federal grant. This means Alameda’s allotted funds, a total of $10,511.75, will be distributed to other agencies in Alameda County. 

An organization known as “Pet for Vets” reaches out to veterans who suffer from physical and emotional injuries relating to their time in the service. “Sometimes it is very difficult to transition from military to civilian life,” said Debbie George, a member of the organization’s Alameda chapter. Medical studies have shown that companion animals can significantly improve both mental and physical health. These animals can reduce stress, depression and anxiety that many serving in the military experience. 


Over a quarter mile of art and music will be presented along Park Street during the Love Our Island Art Walk — Radical Beauty, Part 3, set for this Friday, June 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. Running between Buena Vista and Encinal avenues, Radical Beauty, presented by Rhythmix Cultural Works and the Downtown Alameda Business Association will feature three new art installations in empty storefronts and six live music ensembles.


A community forum titled “A Conversation: Guns In Our Community” has been set for Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at Christ Church Alameda, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. Given America’s ongoing struggle to prevent gun violence in schools and other public places, Alamedans will gather to discuss the role of guns here.

Panelists will include: Vice Mayor Malia Vella, Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri, Veteran Paul Hauser, Rabbi Barnett Brickner representing the faith community and Lucy Helms, a local student.

Big Five Sporting Goods has declined an invitation to date.


Electric rates will change on July 1 for residential and commercial customers. At its April 23 meeting, the city’s Public Utilities Board approved a 1 percent overall rate increase for fiscal year 2019.

The increase, which goes into effect July 1, will help Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) fund improvements to its aging infrastructure, such as cables, poles, transformers and circuit breakers. AMP currently provides rates that average 17 percent lower than those in neighboring communities.