Perhaps the most pressing matter facing our city is how we develop key parts of our Island, since what happens in those areas affects everyone. I voted against two developments along the estuary because I was dissatisfied with their transit plan (“bus passes”).
Mayor Trish Spencer honored three curators of the Cajun-Zydeco music and dance community with proclamations acknowledging their contributions. The mayor recognized Dana DeSimone, Lisa Lee and Ellen Papper for establishing the Eagles’ Hall as the premier Cajun-Zydeco dance hall in California. The venue draws notable local bands and well as musicians from as far away as Louisiana.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 400, will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Alameda Veterans Building, 2203 Central Ave. This month’s meeting features a presentation by Bruce Choy, Alameda County’s veterans’ service officer.
A community workshop on the citywide Transit and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan has been set for Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mastick Senior Center Social Hall at 1155 Santa Clara Ave. City staff and the consultant team will request input on preliminary strategies to help improve transportation in Alameda.
The “Utility Modernization Act” (Measure K1) is on the Nov. 8 ballot. The single-ballot measure seeks approval of two unrelated utility issues. The first concerns collecting a tax, the second deals with transferring funds. This presents voters with a dilemma if they favor one but not the other.
Alameda native Michael Gerson, co-founder of Oakland-based law firm Boxer & Gerson, LLP, was honored recently with the California State Bar’s lifetime achievement award. The award was presented at its 89th annual meeting in San Diego. Gerson will be one of six legal professionals presented with awards in a variety of legal disciplines. His specialty is worker’s compensation, in which he has built a national reputation over his 42-year career.
The city’s Historical Advisory Board is scheduled to take up the rehabilitation of one of Alameda Point’s larger buildings. The city is currently working with Jonah Hendrickson’s Alameda Point Redevelopers, LLC, (APR) to transform Building 8 at Alameda Point into a usable, profitable space.
In 2013 Hendrickson transformed West Berkeley’s long-abandoned Standard Die & Tool Company building into Berkeley Kitchens, a unique collection of commercial rental kitchens specifically designed for food companies to have a kitchen to call their own.
Alameda and Encinal high school’s cross country teams had strong showings at the first West Alameda County Conference (WACC) 5K meet Thursday, Sept. 15.
Alameda finished in fourth place in the men’s varsity race, behind Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, Berkeley and Piedmont while Encinal came in eighth place. Ten teams competed in the 5K, or 3.1-mile race.
At its Tuesday, Oct. 4, meeting the City Council will discuss the development of Alameda Point’s Enterprise District, also noted as Area B on some maps. The district lies south of Area A, which is centered on West Atlantic Avenue and primed for residential development.
City staff has divided the district into four zones.
The Alameda Sun will publish its election edition on Thursday, Nov. 3. The edition will include information about all candidates and issues that will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 8, ballot.
The Sun welcomes letters and pieces in favor of candidates, but will not publish them until Nov. 3. The Sun will not run letters
opposing candidates and will not run any letters that disparage candidates. The Sun will also not publish boiler-plate letters. These are letters that come from different writers but say essentially the same thing.