The executive director of the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), Nancy S. Baglietto, announced on March 13 that she is leaving Alameda. She has resigned and accepted a position as the executive director at Hospitality House, an emergency homeless shelter in Grass Valley, Calif. Her last day at FAAS will be next Friday, March 24. She will begin work in Nevada City on Saturday, April 1. 

Baglietto joined FAAS as executive director in February 2015. Her departure comes in the midst of negotiations with the city over the organization’s future funding. 


The Friends of the Alameda Free Library is sponsoring “Made in Alameda: A Local Showcase” at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. from noon to 5 p.m., this Saturday, March 18. The event will showcase more than 20 authors, artists, artisans and inventors. 

The afternoon includes nine authors giving talks, three do-it-yourself workshops and information tables set up in the Stafford Community Room. Visitors will have a chance to chat about all the different works. Some participants may also have items for sale.



February brought significant challenges to the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The sudden, tragic passing of Board of Education trustee Solana Henneberry shocked us all. The AUSD community and community at large mourn her loss. Solana fought a very tough and brave battle with cancer, showing commitment and resilience despite great personal challenge. We will always remember Solana for her service to the children and families of Alameda. 


The Alameda High baseball team hosted the Jyoto High baseball team from Fukuoka, Japan, for an exhibition match at the College of Alameda Friday, March 3.


An amendment to the City of Alameda’s Public Art Ordinance will be considered as part of the Planning Board’s Monday, March 13, meeting agenda. The changes will improve the regulations governing the ordinance. 

Among the proposed changes are essential definitions of the program and some of the language describing the purpose behind the ordinance, as well as nearly every aspect of how the ordinance is administered. New language has been proposed discussing how both developers and artists will need to adhere to the program.


Cross Alameda Trail Extension in the works at Sweeney Park

Members of the Alameda Recreation and Parks Commission have requested that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) grant a nine-month extension for the much-anticipated Cross Alameda Trail. 


Shallow Waters can be viewed in its entirety online

A documentary film on one of the most painful events in Alameda history attempts to answer the question: how does a mentally ill person drown himself in a few feet of water at a crowded beach on Memorial Day? Shallow Waters: The Public Death of Raymond Zack documents the events surrounding the 2011 death of Zack, an Alameda resident.


Blue and dark green bins for recycling and composting have been popping up throughout Alameda’s busiest public areas, giving residents and visitors an easy alternative to throwing items in a trash can that will end up in a landfill. The City of Alameda has been working to bring both recycling and organics collection to its most popular public areas. 


Both the City of Alameda and the Alameda Board of Education expressed their commitment to declare the city and its schools a safe haven for individuals regardless of their national origin at respective meetings earlier this month.   


The maritime industry has thrived at the site of today’s Alameda Marina for more than 100 years now. In 1916 Walter Tibbitts teamed up with J.D. Barnes and his sons James and Daniel to form Barnes and Tibbitts Shipbuilding & Drydock Company. They opened offices at 1 Drumm St. in San Francisco and set up shop on the Alameda side of the Oakland Estuary between Grand and Chestnut streets next to the Alaska Packers.