The City Council must act on De-Pave and Northwest Territories Parks with a sense of urgency. Acting on both follows policy set in the city’s recently approved Climate Action Plan and the worsening climate crisis demand launching work on these parks now.

Unfortunately, the city’s track record is not good as it’s been more than a year since negotiations with East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) started on turning the 147 acres in the north west corner of Alameda Point into a regional park. The same goes for “De-Pave Park”. 

Student leaders at Alameda Science and Techonology Institute (ASTI) held a schoolwide assembly last month to help their peers learn that mental health issues are normal, that talking about them is helpful and that resources are available to discuss them. The student leaders facilitated the process by having their classmates take a quiz.

The quiz helped the students learn about the stigmas that surround mental illness and taught them about symptoms of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. 

Artist Janet Murphy has lived almost all her life in Alameda. Murphy recalls her father making up silly names. She says that when Wienerschnitzel opened its doors on Park Street, her father came home and told her the new restaurant’s name. She laughed because she thought he was making the name up. Her father once created his own cartoon character.

He made up the name “Homer Sapien.” Homer never made it into print, until now. Morgan has created a 2020 calendar, and the opening spread commemorates Homer and his dog. 

Another game means another shutout victory for the Encinal High School (EHS) football team. This time they blanked Piedmont High School (PHS), 26-0, in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Foothill League contest Friday, Oct. 11, on the road.

An Island City tradition in its 26th year, the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show takes place this Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with more than 400 classic vehicles of all types on display along Park Street, from Encinal Avenue to Buena Vista Avenue: roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars and antique trucks. 

Lincoln Middle School students Juliana Chinzorig, 12, whose sign reads “There is no Planet B” and Katelyn Le, 12, with sign reading “Act as if our home is on fire, because it is!” attended the Oct. 12 City Council meeting to help bring awareness to human-caused climate change. The duo continued efforts begun by students internationally to bring attention to what younger generations see as a critical issue affecting their future.

The City of Alameda’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP), adopted in July, outlines plans to address environmental and climate resilience issues like sea-level rise, carbon emissions and droughts. Such plans aim to make Alameda a more sustainable and safe place to live, and remedy the effects of climate change whilst preventing further damage. Now fully developed, the proposal needs to be put into action.

On Sept. 20, in 120 countries, some 4 million people rallied at an estimated 2,500 climate strikes to demand action to prevent climate change. These rallies have been described as the largest youth-led global demonstration in history. Alameda Community Learning Center participated with a climate strike rally organized by student leaders. Students made posters and shared passionate speeches and poems, including one by Alameda Poet Laureate, Cathy Dana, titled “One Planet, Count ‘em, One.” 

One Planet, Count ’em: one
Cathy Dana

Alameda High School (AHS) once again has a marching band. AHS has not had a marching band since the early 1990s. The AHS Marching Band “The Sting” performed its first halftime show at the AHS Hornets football team home opener on Sept. 6. They also performed at the Island Bowl on Sept. 13, both at Thompson Field.  

How did this new marching band come to be? Back in the fall of 2016, parents Sue and Glenn Yajko attended AHS home football games and left very sad there was no band or any music to cheer on the Alameda Hornets.  

Thieves recently stole 50 bikes and safety gear from in front of Maya Lin School, where Cycles of Change was teaching bike safety. Cycles of Change works to help hundreds of children learn how to bike safely to school and in their neighborhoods. The Alameda Sun joins the City of Alameda in asking the community to set this right.

Bicycle donations are being accepted at: