Alameda

 

For the 51st consecutive year, Alameda will hold its annual Sand Castle/Sculpture Contest. Don’t miss your chance to witness the impressive skills of Alameda and Bay Area sand artists on Saturday, June 10 at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach. 

As I penned this letter for publication, the City Council was set to vote at its Tuesday, June 6, meeting on a proposed two-year service agreement with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) to provide animal care services for the citizens of Alameda. The proposed Animal Services Agreement will increase funding from the City to FAAS to approximately $804,000, or 58 percent of FAAS’s annual operating budget.
 

 

The City Council is set to put its seal of approval on the proposed contract between the City and the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). At next Tuesday’s meeting, the Council will vote whether to authorize City Manager Jill Keimach to ink a contract to keep FAAS in business and the animal shelter open. 

If approved and signed, the animal services agreement will not only increase funding for the shelter, but the City will continue to provide the shelter a facility, capital improvements at that facility and animal control officers at no cost.

 

The Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) voted unanimously Tuesday, May 23, to move students off the Lum Elementary School campus for the 2017-18 school year. The decision came at Tuesday's school board meeting.

The decision came after consultation from several geotechnical, structural and architectural engineering firms, all of which concluded the Lum building foundations cannot withstand the significant soil liquefaction in the event of a strong earthquake. 

 

The USS Hornet Museum held its “STEM to Stern” event on May 20 to promote science, technology and mathematics (STEM). The event featured Jamie Hyneman, the former co-host of the popular Discovery Channel series, Mythbusters

The show represented a rare public appearance for Hyneman, who has continued working alone on experimental technology for clients, ever since Mythbusters last aired in March 2016. 

 

From various sources the City of Alameda won at total of $42 million in transportation grants to fund major projects over the next three years. 

First, the city won a $7.3 million Caltrans Active Transportation Program grant to pay for the bicycle and pedestrian portions of the Central Avenue Safety Improvement Project. 

 

The Alameda City Council voted to adopt a resolution and a recommendation that would revitalize the Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Fire Prevention Bureau at its April 18 meeting. 

The resolution will add three new positions to the bureau. The recommendation will authorize the purchase of three new Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles and miscellaneous equipment such as office chairs, desks, computers, cell phones and more.

 

I commute daily to the Autodesk office in San Francisco via ferry.  The ferry terminal in Alameda (where I live) is called Gateway Alameda. It gets its name because years ago, before the Bay Bridge opened in 1936, the Southern Pacific Railroad terminated at that location. Passengers wanting to continue to San Francisco then boarded a ferry. The railroad stop was considered the gateway to San Francisco.

 

In 1981, Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office decided it was time to celebrate and thank police dispatchers. From Anderson’s idea grew National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week, a celebration that runs from April 9 to 15 this year. 

The festivities began early for many dispatchers who attended the 32nd Annual Alameda County Public Safety Dispatcher Recognition Banquet last Saturday, April 8. While this was a special night for some, other dispatchers stayed behind at their respective agencies and held down the fort.

 

Mayor Trish Spencer invited a few of her friends — all baseball fans — to join her on the City Hall steps last Friday. The United States Conference of Mayors has invited Spencer and other mayors across the land to “Play Ball” in a joint program coordinated by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. Above all “Play Ball” hopes to reach out to kids who don’t normally play the game. This year’s program aims to energize communities like Alameda and generate support and love for baseball and softball.

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