Alameda

With six minutes remaining before halftime, the Encinal Jets found themselves down 8-0 to Fortuna High School (FHS) in the first round of the North Coast Section (NCS) Division V playoffs.

The Huskies had just finished an 11-minute, 13-play drive that was punctuated by a Daeden Taylor touchdown run. But the No. 1 seed Jets needed just 14 seconds to respond. Senior Micah Konapiliahi hauled in a 63-yard touchdown catch from senior quarterback David Romero-Reinholz to narrow the Huskies’ lead to 8-7.

The West End Arts and Entertainment District (WEAED) will launch fundraising efforts for Alameda’s Animate Dance Festival 2020 tonight, Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Phoenix, 2315 Lincoln Ave. The party features donated items from local businesses including cocktails, food, wine and beer. Music from DJ Tanoa and hip hop and Argentine tango performances will be among the offerings.

In the course of investigating impacts to the Island City in the event Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) orders a public safety power shutdown, (“Some Insights on Island’s Hometown Power Supply,” Nov. 7) an Alameda resident expressed concern over the city’s water supply during a power shutdown off Island. 

At its Nov. 5 meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to pass a local building resolution that implements part of the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP) by limiting the use of natural gas in newly constructed buildings on city property. The effort is intended to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions (GHG) in Alameda. The move may mark the first step to phasing out natural gas citywide. 

On Nov. 2, I notified the Alameda City Attorney and City Manager of my perspective that the audio recording of the conversation between me, former City Manager Jill Keimach, and Councilmember Malia Vella should be released. 

It is illegal in California to tape private conversations without the knowledge and permission of all parties. The former City Manager violated these ethics and was investigated for doing so. 

In light of recent events in the North Bay: wildfires likely sparked by electric equipment, public saftey power shutdowns (PSPS) and other activities by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) spurred several Alamedans to contact the Alameda Sun with questions related to the City of Alameda’s proprietary electric utility, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), founded in 1887. 

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According to AMP spokesperson Kathleen Haley, AMP has responsibility for maintaining the electric equipment in Alameda. 

The City of Alameda announced last week its annual sewer rehabilitation project will get underway beginning this month, with estimated completion by July 2020. Construction work hours are restricted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. near school locations, Monday through Friday. The work will consist of rehabilitating aging sewer mains, laterals and access holes on the following streets:

This Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, and next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. Encinal Junior-Senior High School students will present Louisa Mae Alcott’s classic Little Women. The school’s fall play tells the story of the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and their mother, as they struggle to keep their family going while their father is away fighting the Civil War.

After the Alameda Sun went to press Tuesday, parents rallied at City Hall drawing attention to that, according to the group, since the start of the school year on Aug. 19, five children have been hit by cars on their way to school in Alameda. The “Alameda School Zone Safety Rally” was expected to take place just before the City Council meeting Nov. 5.

The USS Hornet Museum will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, with a series of speakers, events, tours and other fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The formal program begins with the USS Hornet Big Band performing from 10 to 11 a.m. Bill Fee Boatswain (Ret), USS Hornet crew member 1968, will welcome the audience at 11 a.m. and lead the ceremony. BSA Troop No. 152 of Oakley will present the color guard while the USS Hornet Big Band performs the Star Spangled Banner.

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