Alameda resident Rasheed Shabazz has launched an effort to rename a local elementary school after his research revealed that school’s namesake held racist attitudes towards Africans and Asians.

Henry Huntly Haight served as the first California governor elected after the Civil War. In his inaugural speech on Dec. 5, 1867, Gov. Haight denounced post-Civil War Reconstruction policy as discrimination against whites. He declared “Negroes” and “Asiatic races” “inferior.” He also voiced his opposition to non-white voting rights, as well as immigration from Asia. 

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) unveiled the winning West End Fairy Door last Friday with Mayor Trish Spencer. Jackie Keliiaa the door’s creator (right) won the contest WABA announced recently. She was rewarded with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony with the mayor. The door has been installed near the entrance of Wescafe. Fairy doors are an Alameda phenomenon that has caught on with many local residents. The doors can be found on trees, light poles, inside certain businesses and other places in town. 

Several Alameda locations have been nominated to be part of a study that aims to provide unique solutions to locations most vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters.

The City Council laid out the final guidelines for cannabis use and cannabis-owned businesses in Alameda at itsNov. 22 meeting. The guidelines are displayed in a new ordinance that amended the Alameda Municipal Code to include Article XVI (Cannabis Businesses) to Chapter VI (Businesses, Occupations and Industries).  

School on site of Alameda High burned in one of city’s worst fires

In 1879, Alameda students started attending a new elementary school on Alameda Avenue near Oak Street. The members of the board of trustees who oversaw education in the city chose to name the school to remember one of their late colleagues Nathan Porter, a former board member who went on to serve in the State Senate. Porter had passed away on Jan. 7, 1878. 


On Oct. 19, the United States Postal Service (USPS) delivered a package to a home in East Palo Alto. The package — disguised to resemble a jewelry box — contained a home-made pipe bomb that exploded when the addressee’s father opened the package. 

Last Friday morning, USPS delivered a package to an Alameda police officer’s home on Oleander Avenue. When the officer’s wife opened the package, it exploded in her face. The blast burned her and injured her ears. 

Alameda Federal Building makes way for more parkland on West End

A former maritime officer’s training facility building at 1251 McKay Ave. is currently being demolished across from the Crab Cove Visitor Center. The building, which once displayed a sign reading “Alameda Federal Building” will make way for more park-related uses under the auspices of the East Bay Regional Park District. Due to pontential for hazardous materials, the building needed to undergo abatement prior to demolition funded by Measure CC taxes earmarked for park improvements.


For the spiritually resonant, Thanksgiving Day is sacred. This is because all the spiritual laws of the universe respond swiftly and favorably to our nation’s collective and powerful Thanksgiving feelings of gratitude and charity. As a result, those who are wise enough to use spiritual laws properly can receive much more to be thankful for. 


Today, the community is enjoying Thanksgiving dinner at Christ Episcopal Church at 1700 Santa Clara Ave. Members of the congregation and volunteers from across the city are lending a hand to make this day special for many who would not otherwise be able to afford it. 

Christ Episcopal Church has deep roots in Alameda’s soil. The first services were held in the homes of congregation members. The congregation then worshiped at a church that stood at Santa Clara Avenue and Oak Street, the site of today’s City Hall. 

The city is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the Commission on Disability Issues. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 380, by phone at 747-4800, or on the city’s website,

Interested persons are encouraged submit applications to the City Clerk by Thursday, Dec. 7. Contact the City Clerk’s office at 747-4800 with any questions.