The story of our national flag can be summed up with three “L’s:” Lore, Lyrics and Liberty. To commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the Culinary Academy of Post Street explored all three.



Friday, July 8


Effort provides low-income students with school supplies

The fifth annual “Equipped 4 Success” school supply drive kicks off this week. The community drive provides low-income Alameda students in kindergarten through 12th grade with new backpacks and quality, grade-level appropriate school supplies.  


Phillip Banta, the owner of a Clement Avenue property, will be back before the Planning Board, next Monday, July 11. The board will host a public hearing to consider and take action on Banta’s request to approve a development plan and density bonus applications. Banta hopes to build 182 residential units and offer approximately two acres of open space on 9.48-acres at 2235 Clement Ave.
In addition, the Planning Board will consider Banta’s request to approve the design for the Oakland Estuary waterfront along the property. 


On Thursday, June 23, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) announced that officers from the department’s Internet Crimes against Children Unit had arrested Alameda resident Emmanuel Ellison, 45. In a press release SFPD stated that it had evidence that led the unit to suspect Ellison of having online sexual contact with a minor.


Saturday, July 9

  • 10 a.m. Restoration Advisory Board: Meeting. Room 140, Building 1, 950 W. Mall Square.

Monday, July 11

  • 7 p.m. Planning Board: Meeting. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

Tuesday, July 12

  • 6:30 p.m. Golf Commission: Meeting. Room 360, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 

Thursday, July 14


Alameda County recently awarded Alameda Autolab, 631 Buena Vista Ave., exclusive membership in its Green Business Program. It is the only automobile repair shop in Alameda to have earned the designation. The designation means that the shop’s owners, Robert Ramos and Luis Gomez, have gone the extra mile when it comes to complying with the county’s environmental standards, especially conserving resources and preventing pollution. 


Just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, all 25 on-duty Alameda firefighters responded to an alarm sounding at Foss Upholstery & Restoration at 2318 Clement Ave. They arrived on scene to find smoke and fire coming from the building, according to an Alameda Fire Department (AFD) press release. 

The firefighters forced their way inside the building and attacked the fire. They cut holes in the roof to ventilate the structure. Firefighters extinguished the blaze just after 9:30 p.m.


Local footrace draws runners from around the nation

In a tradition that recalls Mayor Ralph Appezzato, the Mayor’s R.A.C.E. or Ralph Appezzato Charity Event, a 5K race, was held prior to the Fourth of July Parade. The race’s proceeds benefit Alameda’s Midway Shelter for Women and Children.