The City of Alameda has an event planned for this Saturday, Feb. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon, to celebrate the completion of the Cross Alameda Trail (CAT) along Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway (RAMP) and Atlantic Avenue, between Main Street and Constitution Way. This 0.9-mile segment of the Cross Alameda Trail will create 1.5 continuous miles of separated walking and bicycling trails.

Cellular users within Alameda city limits now have the ability to text emergencies to Alameda Police Department’s (APD) Communication Center. Texting is an option when it is unsafe to use one’s voice to make a 911 call, if unable to speak due to an emergency or for the hearing or speech impaired.

Nonprofit arts organizations in the Island City have raised alarm over the passing of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) aimed at leveling the playing field of the gig economy. The impact of the bill on arts organizations, freelance artists, writers and musicians has been expensive. 

Alameda’s performing arts group since the 1930s, Altarena Playhouse — known as Northern California’s longest-running performing arts venue — has expressed concern over its future; the diverse offerings of Rhythmix Cultural Works are threatened; Island City Opera canceled its 2020 season. 

Dennis Evanosky
Two pedestrian deaths over a 12-day span have put Alameda on edge. On Jan. 31 an alleged drunk driver struck and killed a pedestrian on Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. When officers from the Alameda Police Department (APD) arrived, they arrested the driver. Police learned that the state of California had suspended his driver’s license. They also learned that the driver had taken the car allegedly involved in the death without the owner’s permission.  

The California presidential primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, but there are issues on the state, county and local measures on the ballot that Alamedans will also vote on.

If creativity is really the flower of the mind, then the rest of the body is just a flower pot and every community owes it to itself to be a garden. Just as a flower can spring up through a crack in a sidewalk, so too can a bourgeois community afford young minds an opportunity to blossom. It happened here in Alameda when the Tomorrow Youth Repertory found a crack in the pavement and performed Be More Chill at an assembly hall provided by the Trinity Lutheran Church.

A group of 30 eighth-grade students and their chaperones from Alameda’s South Korean sister city, Yeongdong-gun visited the Island City last week. 

While in Alameda they stopped by the mural at Lincoln Avenue at Bay Street, above. Chris Chanyan Shim, who is based in Seoul, South Korea, created the work of art that he described to the Korea Daily as “an African American girl in a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress.”  

Global warming and pollution have become a very big conversation in society over the past few years. There have been new companies taking action toward making the planet a cleaner and safer place. These include the search engine Ecosia that plants trees with the ad revenue it receives from people’s searches.

Owners must list rentals with city

The City of Alameda’s Rent Program was established in 2016 when the City Council adopted an ordinance to stabilize rents and limit grounds for termination of tenancies. Last year, the Council adopted a new law that strengthened this program, including limiting rent increases for many rental properties to an annual general adjustment equal to 70 percent of the Consumer Price Index’s percentage yearly increase, 2.8 percent currently. It also requires landlords to submit a registration statement annually for all rental properties. 

The City of Alameda and the Alameda Unified School District are in the process of finalizing a 60-year lease that would allow a community swim center to replace the Emma Hood Swim Center on the Alameda High School campus  

Alameda Recreation & Parks Department (ARPD) is developing a conceptual design for a City Aquatic Center and wants to hear from the public. ARPD will host a meeting to present its final design and offer the public an opportunity to comment.