At last Thursday’s school board meeting at Island High School, Mialisa Bonta set a precedent. The newly elected board member went on record as the first member ever to be elected president in less time than it took to attend the first meeting as a board member. 

Alameda freshman shows the way via cell phone tour

In October, Alameda Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, Ja’Nylah Johnson, who now attends Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. with a full scholarship, took some time to give her former schoolmates at Alameda’s Nea Community Learning Center a virtual tour of her campus and dormitory. Using her cell phone, Johnson showed the Nea seniors around and answered questions about her experiences at Bennett College in North Carolina.


The City of Alameda provides three affordable transportation options for older residents or those with disabilities: the free Alameda Loop Shuttle service and two discounted taxi programs. The city would like to hear feedback from riders to help ensure these programs are meeting the community’s needs. To weigh in, riders may:


To help Alameda residents prepare for the storm season, the City of Alameda’s Public Works Department opened its sandbag station at Alameda Point today, Tuesday, Dec. 4. The facility will remain open through the end of storm season. Public Works provides up to five free sandbags for Alamedans who can show proof of residency, such as an Alameda Municipal Power bill or current driver’s license with an Alameda address.

Some claim this skirts the law to facilitate the cannabis industry

At its Tuesday, Nov. 27, meeting the City Council was scheduled to introduce an ordinance that would modify the definition of a youth center. If approved by the Council, this would exclude facilities that offer martial arts and combat sports, cultural education and physical-fitness activities. In the first instance, the staff report states that a member of the public has questioned whether a martial arts studio would fall under the definition of a youth center. 


The City of Alameda has announced a community workshop to comment on the safety improvement alternatives for Central Avenue near Webster Street for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 

For the background behind the six public waterfront access parks, see Part One in last week’s edition.

Part Two 
In recent weeks the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) convened an official walking tour of the six parklets, and the Alamedans who came out were shown all the encroached upon public waterfront land along Fernside Boulevard and Eastshore Drive. In addition on Oct. 6 and 11, ARPD held two public meetings at City Hall for Alameda residents.

Love the idea of group hikes but, hate the pace of big group hikes, have a schedule that doesn’t jive with a group or just don’t want to go where the group goes? Alameda library has the answer.

The Libraries Outside project invites everyone to take part in the first-ever Virtual Group Hike in November, where the only thing “virtual” is the group. National Take-A-Hike Day is observed annually on Saturday, Nov. 17. With more than 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.

Unknown to many Alamedans, except for those lucky few who live adjacent to them, there are six small — and in many cases, hidden — waterfront parks along Fernside Boulevard and Eastshore Drive. They were designed to give all Alamedans a little bit of waterfront access and viewing.  

Craig Coombs’ record-breaking swim around Alameda (“Local to Attempt Setting Record for Swimming around the Island City,” Sept. 6) prompted me to investigate my grandfather’s record swims. As I looked through my grandmother’s belongings, I came upon several newspaper clippings documenting my grandpa’s records.