February brought significant challenges to the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The sudden, tragic passing of Board of Education trustee Solana Henneberry shocked us all. The AUSD community and community at large mourn her loss. Solana fought a very tough and brave battle with cancer, showing commitment and resilience despite great personal challenge. We will always remember Solana for her service to the children and families of Alameda. 


The Alameda High baseball team hosted the Jyoto High baseball team from Fukuoka, Japan, for an exhibition match at the College of Alameda Friday, March 3.


An amendment to the City of Alameda’s Public Art Ordinance will be considered as part of the Planning Board’s Monday, March 13, meeting agenda. The changes will improve the regulations governing the ordinance. 

Among the proposed changes are essential definitions of the program and some of the language describing the purpose behind the ordinance, as well as nearly every aspect of how the ordinance is administered. New language has been proposed discussing how both developers and artists will need to adhere to the program.


Cross Alameda Trail Extension in the works at Sweeney Park

Members of the Alameda Recreation and Parks Commission have requested that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) grant a nine-month extension for the much-anticipated Cross Alameda Trail. 


Shallow Waters can be viewed in its entirety online

A documentary film on one of the most painful events in Alameda history attempts to answer the question: how does a mentally ill person drown himself in a few feet of water at a crowded beach on Memorial Day? Shallow Waters: The Public Death of Raymond Zack documents the events surrounding the 2011 death of Zack, an Alameda resident.


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.