More than 100 people gathered in front of City Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 12. They were participating in coast-to-coast vigils to call for an immediate closure of federal detention camps holding refugees in what many consider inhumane conditions.
“Lights for Liberty,” a coalition dedicated to human rights, organized the protests. Valerie Landau who participated in the Alameda vigil said that protesters chanted “Close the camps,” as drivers and pedestrians cheered and honked to show support.
At 5 p.m. Thursday, June 20, the Planning Board will take its meeting on the road. The public is welcome to come along. The board will first host an open forum in the parking lot on Oak Street behind City Hall. Board members and the public will then visit four developments: Everett Commons at 2437 Everett St.; Mulberry at 2100 Clement Avenue; Littlejohn Commons at 1401 Buena Vista Ave. and Alameda Landing.
The City of Alameda will host a community workshop to discuss preliminary recommendations for improvements to Clement Avenue Monday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. The city looks to address safety and speeding concerns on Clement Avenue between Grand Street and Broadway, while improving walking, bicycling and driving.
The City of Alameda announced on Feb. 22 that it will be preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) project for a health clinic and columbarium at Alameda Point. The VA completed its environmental review for the project in 2013. The deadline for commenting on what the city should evaluate is tomorrow, Friday, March 22.
While cruising in the Indian Ocean on March 7, Lt. Cmdr. Sergio Martinez, from Alameda, writes on a screen in the Combat Direction Center aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to support security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. In recent weeks, a series of events inflamed tensions between Indian and Pakistan. The two countries have been embroiled in a number of wars, conflicts and military standoffs since the partition of British India in 1947.
“The Alameda City Council and I are delighted to announce that we have unanimously selected Eric J. Levitt as our new City Manager, effective April 12,” stated Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. “With 18 years of city management experience, we are confident Levitt will be an effective leader to our very talented group of department heads and city staff.”
Early Black migrants to Alameda establish community
Samuel G. Kimbrough fled Mississippi with his wife Mary and their children in 1915, fearing violence from the Ku Klux Klan. The family moved in with relatives in Alameda. By 1920, Samuel, a blacksmith, bought a home for the family on Lincoln Avenue near Grand Street.
The fourth annual Alameda Spelling Bee held at Otis Elementary School Feb. 2, saw last year’s third place finisher, Ella Banchieri, take the honor as the Island’s top speller for 2019. She and second-place finisher Elena Morishige dueled through spelling increasingly difficult words. The words in the final showdown included: phenomenon, complexion, propinquity, ricochet, tumultuous, surveillance, aggregation (which both spellers misspelled), catastrophe, circumference, dementia and finally, scrumptious.