The Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Home Safety Program provides services to low-to-moderate income residents over 62 years old and to the disabled of any age. The program provides and installs 10-year maintenance-free’ smoke detectors as well as carbon monoxide detectors, ADA grab bars, handrails in hallways and on interior stairway and raised toilets.

AFD also provides nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks. If you are an Alameda resident call Ruth Ann Crawford at 337-2133 to see if you or your loved one qualifies.



Sunday, July 3
Fire responses: 5:02 a.m. 1800 block of Ferry Point, dispatched and canceled en route; 1:20 p.m. Constitution Way at Atlantic Avenue, no incident found at dispatch address; 2:56 p.m. 700 block of Central Avenue, dispatched and canceled en route; 4:55 p.m. 1900 block of Shore Line Drive, no incident found at dispatch address; 7:12 p.m. 400 block of Melrose Avenue, request to assist invalid. 


Encinal High School (EHS) graduate Sherman Lee loves sports. Even better, he loves teaching sports. Lee graduated from EHS in 1957 and — along with his son Michael, EHS class of 1982 — is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. 

The elder Lee played football, track and basketball for Encinal. His son played on the school’s 1980 NCS championship football team. Michael then attended Santa Clara University on a baseball and football scholarship.


Next Monday the Planning Board is scheduled to consider, among other items,  applications for commercial buildings at 1926 Park St. (at Blanding Avenue) and 712 Lincoln Ave. (at Webster Street). 

Last October, the Planning Board approved Park Esquina, LLC’s development at 1926 Park St. that featured several buildings made of repurposed shipping containers. In December, the City Council overturned that decision and told Park Esquina to redesign the project without shipping containers.


The city’s Housing Authority is hosting free clinics for landlords and tenants on Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, Aug. 11. The clinics will address the city’s rent stabilization ordinance. The Housing Authority is the ordinance’s program administrator. The clinics will examine tenants’ new rights and landlords’ new responsibilities under the ordinance.


An Alameda man is dead and another hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after a shooting early Sunday morning in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. 

The San Francisco medical examiner has identified the man shot and killed after a bar fight as Joshua Mejia, 26. San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) reported that the shooting happened about 2 a.m., in front of the Marquette Hotel, 965 Geary St.


A week after my first least tern exploration at Crab Cove, (“Terns to Stay Busy for Summer,” June 23) I received another opportunity to learn more about the birds and their neighbors at Alameda Point with Leora Feeney, co-chair of Friends of Alameda Wildlife Reserve. On a calm and sunny Saturday morning, equipped with binoculars and a spotting scope, we observed the terns and other birds fly and forage over Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point.


The guardrails in the Posey Tube have been replaced as part of an overall retrofit and maintainence of both tunnels between Alameda and Oakland. Along with guardrails, the sidewalk will be repaired, loose concrete removed and replaced and corrosion cleaned and painted.

This new railing will be very similar in appearance to the original railing, but will have tensioned cables added to meet current safety standards and placed flush with the edge of the sidewalk. Similar improvements are planned for the Webster Tube.


More than 100 tail-wagging canines tugged their families down to Crab Cove last Friday evening to hear first paw what post-Latin music was all about as part of the Concerts at the Cove music series. Billed as the “Dog Days of Summer” concert, the Rotary Club of Alameda collaborated with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and Pet Food Express to create greater awareness of the city’s shelter animals that are available for adoption.