Alameda

 

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. 

 

A “citizen’s watchdog” group recently added an Alameda resident to their ranks. Jane Sullwold was appointed to the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury after being nominated earlier this year by Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. 

The Civil Grand Jury is an arm of the court authorized to investigate local government for the purpose of ensuring that public agencies are working in the best interest of the public, and are doing so effectively and economically. Its independence gives the jury a unique role in promoting local government accountability.

 

The city has begun street repair and resurfacing this month, improving seven miles of 47 streets. Work is estimated to be completed by late September. The work will be completed Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During those times, drivers will temporarily experience traffic disruptions, loss of parking spaces, restricted street access, as well as increased noise and dust levels. Bus stop access will be unchanged.

 

Some 150 members of the public are asked to join in a community effort to build a new playground for the community in just one day, Thursday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To pull this off, volunteers will be needed to prepare the site on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 19 and 20.    

The playground is combined project of Alameda Family Services, College of Alameda, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and the national nonprofit KaBoom dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve. 

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