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Harbor Bay Landing hosts 19th annual Spring Festival

Last Saturday Harbor Bay Landing held its 19th annual Spring Festival with a strong Year of the Rooster theme. Organizers reported the largest crowd in the event’s history. 

The festival packed color into the Harbor Bay Landing shopping center. Flowers and orchids were given away and most in attendance brought their own colorful lawn chairs to take in the multi-colored events that ran continuously like a cultural marathon. 

This year Alameda marked the 47th celebration of Earth Day with a gathering celebrating inclusion and diversity along the shoreline. Hundreds of Alamedans joined hands in a reprise of “Hands Across Alameda” last Saturday morning (above). A beach cleanup along Robert Crown Memorial Beach was held prior, and Earth Day festivities followed in Washington Park. In addition to the many informational booths set up in the park an outdoor aquarium exhibit courtesy of the East Bay Regional Parks District drew a lot of attention (right).

 

In what was predicted to be the last major rainstorm of the season last Thursday night wind gusts that reached 80 mph in some parts of the Bay Area caused a five-story tree to become wedged between two Alameda homes. Fairfield’s Arbor Unlimited needed to coordinate the efforts of three cranes in order to extract the tree without further damaging the Gold Coast homes at the intersection of Grand Street and San Jose Avenue.

 

City staff proposed several clarifying amendments of the Rent Review, Rent Stabilization and Limitations on Evictions Ordinance at an extended City Council meeting Friday, April 7. The proposed changes were not recommended to overhaul the ordinance, but to fix certain discrepancies. 

Update to Cab Driver Rescue Story
The Alameda Sun received additional information on last week’s story regarding an AFD water rescue team’s efforts to rescue a local cab driver who had driven off the road. 

On Sunday, Jan. 8, members of the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) and the Oakland Fire Department (OFD) responded to the report of an occupied vehicle in the water off Doolittle Drive at Langley Street near Oakland International Airport. 

Rescue swimmers from AFD entered the water and were able to locate and remove Jarnail Singh, 57, from his submerged vehicle.

 

Maya Lin School community says ‘bye’ to oldest member

Last Thursday’s storm brought strong wind gusts and continuous rain that undermined the root system of a California live oak tree that has lived on the Maya Lin Elementary School campus since the 1860s. 

 

Alameda’s famous dance troupe marches down New York City in 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Alameda’s beloved Tap Dancing Christmas Trees were a part of the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday in New York City. The locally based dance troupe has joined the parade in years past. The group doesn’t just receive a brief shot before cameras transitioned to a nearby float or giant balloon. 

 

The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) identified the 19-year-old man shot to death in Alameda last Saturday as Antwaun Williams of Oakland. Williams was a senior at Oakland High School. OUSD announced Williams’ passing on its Facebook page. “This is Oakland High senior Antwaun Williams, who was killed on Saturday evening in Alameda,” the district stated. “The school has come together on a day off to remember and honor him.” 

 

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) issued a new regional planning document on Aug. 30, with suggested housing numbers to meet state goals. MTC is requesting input from local jurisdictions. 

A draft response from City Planner Andrew Thomas slams the commission’s recommendations as being woefully out of touch with Alameda’s limited regional transit connections.

On Monday evening, Sept. 26, 110 Encinal High School students in Kevin Gorham’s Advanced Placement Government and Politics class convened at Wescafe for dinner and to watch the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. The students watched intently as presidential candidates Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump went at it for 90 minutes.

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