Blue and dark green bins for recycling and composting have been popping up throughout Alameda’s busiest public areas, giving residents and visitors an easy alternative to throwing items in a trash can that will end up in a landfill. The City of Alameda has been working to bring both recycling and organics collection to its most popular public areas. 


Both the City of Alameda and the Alameda Board of Education expressed their commitment to declare the city and its schools a safe haven for individuals regardless of their national origin at respective meetings earlier this month.   


The maritime industry has thrived at the site of today’s Alameda Marina for more than 100 years now. In 1916 Walter Tibbitts teamed up with J.D. Barnes and his sons James and Daniel to form Barnes and Tibbitts Shipbuilding & Drydock Company. They opened offices at 1 Drumm St. in San Francisco and set up shop on the Alameda side of the Oakland Estuary between Grand and Chestnut streets next to the Alaska Packers. 


The state of California treats the Superior Court of Alameda County as a “donor” court. This means that the state can divert large portions of the court’s ongoing funding and any “new” money to other courts that the state considers more under-resourced. As a result the Superior Court of Alameda County began fiscal year 2016-2017 with a budget deficit that surpasses $5 million.


Earlier this year the Alameda Sun presented the Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) with a specific donation for a specific purpose (“Project Tree Seeded,” April 14). The idea was to seed a tree planting program in Alameda that would help restore and maintain the city’s urban forest. 

Since January, Marla Koss of the ABG, who you might call a fruit tree scientist, has established groundwork for planting 29 trees in various locations around the city as the Project Tree pilot program. 


Alameda’s lame-duck City Council sat for the last time on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Councilmembers took care of the consent calendar and put their final stamp on three ordinances — one dealing with leases, a second with parking and a third with taxes. They wrapped the meeting up with a resolution commending outgoing City Council member Tony Daysog for his 14 years of service on the Council. 


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The year is winding to a close so it is a good time to review the major feats acheived by Alameda student athletes in their respective sports over the first half of the year.

As is often the case the St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s basketball team was the premiere basketball team on the Island. The SJND Pilots once again were crowned state champions after they defeated St. Bernard of Playa del Rey 55-50 on March 24, in the California Interscholastic Federation Div. V title game. 


Florentino M. Morata, 85, is sitting in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin accused of trying to murder his wife. 

According to police, Morata came into Crown Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 815 Westline Drive, at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. He entered his wife’s room and allegedly shot her twice. He then turned the gun on himself. Not only did security cameras record the incident, but, according to police, Morata openly admitted that he had shot his wife. Both survived what appeared to be a murder-suicide attempt. 


Eleven Lincoln Middle School teachers led their students through coding lessons during the Computer Science Education Week that ran from Dec. 7 to Dec. 13. The teachers used special tools and techniques developed to fit into an “Hour of Code.” The students at Lincoln did not work in a vacuum. This year some 200,000 educators in more than 180 countries participated in the program. 

In a strange turn of events, in 2017, not only will I be leaving the Island for a few weeks, I’ll be leaving the whole entire United States. This is unprecedented in Alameda Sun history. Never have I been more than one coast away from Sun world headquarters while actively publishing.