Alameda

The ongoing partner project between the Alameda Sun and Alameda Backyard Growers, Project Tree, now in its second phase, has continued to benefit Alameda residents interested in planting trees. The first phase in 2017 offered a limited variety of fruit or shade trees gratis. Phase two offered each Alameda resident who attended a tree-care workshop a coupon with a redemption value of $25 off the price of one tree at either of the town’s local nurseries. 

Divided community response reflects attitudes toward Council’s legal fees

At its July 16 meeting, the City Council agreed with all four findings in the Alameda County Grand Jury 2018-2019 report regarding the 2017 Alameda Fire Chief hiring process investigation. Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Vice Mayor John Knox White and Councilmember Tony Daysog voted to agree to the findings. Councilmembers Malia Vella and Jim Oddie recused themselves from the discussion. 

If all goes as planned, Alameda swimmers could welcome the year 2024 with a sparkling new place to swim. The city and the Alameda Unified School District recently signed an agreement to build a $12 million swim center. The new facility would open either on the site of the Emma Hood Swim Center at Alameda Avenue and Oak Street or on the site of Thompson Field at Clement Avenue and Walnut Street.

Resident initiates process for Councilmember’s recall

The Alameda Sun sent a request to the Alameda County District Attorney’s office for a copy of the recording of the meeting between former City Manager Jill Keimach and Councilmembers Malia Vella and Jim Oddie.

The request was made to Deputy District Attorney Teresa Drenick. Drenick said she has received several requests for a copy of the recording of the meeting. The Sun earlier requested the tape from the Alameda County Grand Jury, but were rebuffed.

An Alameda man is being held at a San Francisco County jail on $1 million bond for allegedly stabbing a man in San Francisco last month.

Pablo Garcia, 35, is being held at San Francisco County’s San Bruno Complex jail facility. He has been staying at the facility since being booked on May 26. His arrest stems from a May 3 incident that resulted in a 59-year-old man being stabbed in the back. Allegedly, Garcia approached the victim from behind and stabbed him and he immediately fled the scene, according to police reports.

Annual street maintenance will get under way soon, along with a repair project along Otis Drive and Pacific Avenue. Both projects will begin this month and is estimated to be completed by late October. Construction will take place Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Alamedans who love cats can do something to help their feline friends at the Island Cat Resources and Adoptions (ICRA) fundraiser auction this Saturday, June 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is being held for the 25th year. 

Enjoy refreshments, wine and beer tastings while benefiting local cats directly. Bid on local adventures, wine and beer tastings, jewelry, pet-themed items, art, wine lots and more in the auction or shop for crafts and play games to win wine. 

Tai Chewpanich and Jeanne Yip are atop the leaderboard with matching net 68s after round one of the 67th President’s Cup tournament Thursday, May 30, on the Jack Clark Course. The President’s Cup is a three-round tournament. The golfer with the lowest net score after all three rounds wins the tournament regardless of what flight they play in. 

Chewpanich competed in the first flight among golfers with a handicap of 14 to 22. Three of the top four golfers in the President’s Cup played in the first flight.

Local pop musician Lorenzo Wood announced his new single, Jacket (I’m Sensitive.) It is available now. The single won Best Song in January at the West Coast Songwriter’s Redwood City Chapter. 

“It’s a song about letting your friends know that you need their support, even if they don’t understand what you’re going through,” Wood said. The single was recorded in Alameda at Wood’s studio. 

The Fourth of July Foundation would like to thank the City of Alameda, the Alameda Sun and the community for their help in getting the volunteers and funding needed to host the Fourth of July Parade this year. The additional efforts secured the expanded safety measures needed to protect everyone attending and participating in the parade.

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