At the Oct. 17 City Council meeting, Councilmembers approved “Art in City Hall,” which allows professional and emerging Alameda artists and arts organizations to display works on the walls of City Hall. City staff will run the program for one year with the goal of supporting the local arts community, creating a memorable experience for the public and celebrating Alameda’s diverse history and community. Applications are open now for artists to apply to have their work displayed in Alameda’s seat of government.
SoCal lawyers hired to investigate city manager’s recent accusations
Alameda city officials have hired a Southern California law firm to conduct an investigation to determine whether members of the City Council wrongly interfered with the Alameda fire chief hiring process.
City Attorney Janet Kern confirmed the hiring of Jenkins & Hogin, LLP to conduct the investigation. The investigation is underway and the firm has no deadline. Once the investigation is finished a report will be presented to the Council.
The City of Alameda, the Alameda Eagles and Alameda Elks took a little more than two weeks to put an idea into action to collect much-needed items for the wine country fire survivors. The Elks filled a 48-foot trailer donated by Rodgers Trucking with some help from Otto Wright at The Local, the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, the Downtown, Greater and West Alameda business associations, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda Business Network. The Alameda Education Foundation partnered in arranging for the purchase of backpacks full of school supplies for students.
Svendsen’s Boat Works recently announced that it will move to Richmond on Jan. 1, 2018. Svendsen’s will join Bay Marine Boatworks at its Richmond facility, 310 Cutting Blvd.
Bay Marine is owned by Bay Maritime, which acquired all divisions of Svendsen’s, including Svendsen’s Marine Distributing, Svendsen’s Rigging Shop and Svendsen’s Metal Works last January (“North Shore Maritime Businesses to Consolidate,” Dec. 6, 2016). Bay Maritime is also the parent company of Alameda’s Bay Ship & Yacht.
The Alameda Elks Lodge No. 1015, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., would like to welcome back all previous members. Come back and just $1 will cover membership dues for the rest of October and all of November.
Previous members who take advantage of this offer will not have to pay past dues if they stopped their memberships before 2016. The Elks would love to have former members back, they have been doing so much for the community and having fun doing it.
Alamedans might want to prepare now for the 30th annual Scouting for Food canned food drive to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, adult leaders, other youth representatives and community volunteers will be going door-to-door to collect bags of canned and non-perishable food to meet the needs of local Alameda families.
Alameda firefighters Jeff Weidler and Rich Gianuario learned that Santa Rosa native and school teacher Cassie Marie needed help transporting donated items from the her school in the East Bay to those in need in her home town. The firefighters did not hesitate. They loaded their truck and got the wares into the hands of those who really needed them.
The Encinal High School (EHS) Drama Department is presenting Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a special fundraiser to help support the Alameda Food Bank. Midsummer will play over two weekends: Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 2 p.m. in the Encinal Amphitheater (a.k.a. the student parking lot).
Admission is free, but donations are requested to help provide food for the hungry in Alameda. This continues a tradition of using theater to help fund local nonprofits going back many years.