Alameda

 

To help Alameda residents prepare for the storm season, the City of Alameda’s Public Works Department opened its sandbag station at Alameda Point today, Tuesday, Dec. 4. The facility will remain open through the end of storm season. Public Works provides up to five free sandbags for Alamedans who can show proof of residency, such as an Alameda Municipal Power bill or current driver’s license with an Alameda address.

Some claim this skirts the law to facilitate the cannabis industry

At its Tuesday, Nov. 27, meeting the City Council was scheduled to introduce an ordinance that would modify the definition of a youth center. If approved by the Council, this would exclude facilities that offer martial arts and combat sports, cultural education and physical-fitness activities. In the first instance, the staff report states that a member of the public has questioned whether a martial arts studio would fall under the definition of a youth center. 

 

The City of Alameda has announced a community workshop to comment on the safety improvement alternatives for Central Avenue near Webster Street for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 

For the background behind the six public waterfront access parks, see Part One in last week’s edition.

Part Two 
In recent weeks the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) convened an official walking tour of the six parklets, and the Alamedans who came out were shown all the encroached upon public waterfront land along Fernside Boulevard and Eastshore Drive. In addition on Oct. 6 and 11, ARPD held two public meetings at City Hall for Alameda residents.

Love the idea of group hikes but, hate the pace of big group hikes, have a schedule that doesn’t jive with a group or just don’t want to go where the group goes? Alameda library has the answer.

The Libraries Outside project invites everyone to take part in the first-ever Virtual Group Hike in November, where the only thing “virtual” is the group. National Take-A-Hike Day is observed annually on Saturday, Nov. 17. With more than 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.

Unknown to many Alamedans, except for those lucky few who live adjacent to them, there are six small — and in many cases, hidden — waterfront parks along Fernside Boulevard and Eastshore Drive. They were designed to give all Alamedans a little bit of waterfront access and viewing.  

Craig Coombs’ record-breaking swim around Alameda (“Local to Attempt Setting Record for Swimming around the Island City,” Sept. 6) prompted me to investigate my grandfather’s record swims. As I looked through my grandmother’s belongings, I came upon several newspaper clippings documenting my grandpa’s records.

 

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) staff is in the early stages of planning for a second tube across San Francisco Bay. One of the routes BART is considering would run under Alameda and bring with it at least one station. The new tube could also bring Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor train service running in tandem with BART across the Bay.

Alameda pioneer Benajah Benedict lived on Bay Farm Island — where he cultivated crops — for almost 50 years. He invested some of his profits in real estate. He had three homes built on Jackson Street — including one currently on the market. According to Alameda Museum Curator George Gunn, records do not reflect the names of the architects or builders for these Queen Anne-style, high-basement homes. Gunn writes that the home at 2853 Jackson St. was known to be standing in 1888 and that Benedict had the home at 2857 built in 1895; and the home currently on the market at 2855, in 1896. 

Input wanted at upcoming meetings

The City of Alameda is asking for the community’s involvement while developing a new Climate Action and Resiliency Plan aimed at reducing Alameda’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Alameda staff, community and outside experts will work together to build a plan that will set 10-year goals and strategies for reducing dangerous greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, according to a press release from the city.

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