Alameda

Update to Cab Driver Rescue Story
The Alameda Sun received additional information on last week’s story regarding an AFD water rescue team’s efforts to rescue a local cab driver who had driven off the road. 

On Sunday, Jan. 8, members of the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) and the Oakland Fire Department (OFD) responded to the report of an occupied vehicle in the water off Doolittle Drive at Langley Street near Oakland International Airport. 

Rescue swimmers from AFD entered the water and were able to locate and remove Jarnail Singh, 57, from his submerged vehicle.

 

Maya Lin School community says ‘bye’ to oldest member

Last Thursday’s storm brought strong wind gusts and continuous rain that undermined the root system of a California live oak tree that has lived on the Maya Lin Elementary School campus since the 1860s. 

 

Alameda’s famous dance troupe marches down New York City in 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Alameda’s beloved Tap Dancing Christmas Trees were a part of the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday in New York City. The locally based dance troupe has joined the parade in years past. The group doesn’t just receive a brief shot before cameras transitioned to a nearby float or giant balloon. 

 

The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) identified the 19-year-old man shot to death in Alameda last Saturday as Antwaun Williams of Oakland. Williams was a senior at Oakland High School. OUSD announced Williams’ passing on its Facebook page. “This is Oakland High senior Antwaun Williams, who was killed on Saturday evening in Alameda,” the district stated. “The school has come together on a day off to remember and honor him.” 

 

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) issued a new regional planning document on Aug. 30, with suggested housing numbers to meet state goals. MTC is requesting input from local jurisdictions. 

A draft response from City Planner Andrew Thomas slams the commission’s recommendations as being woefully out of touch with Alameda’s limited regional transit connections.

On Monday evening, Sept. 26, 110 Encinal High School students in Kevin Gorham’s Advanced Placement Government and Politics class convened at Wescafe for dinner and to watch the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. The students watched intently as presidential candidates Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump went at it for 90 minutes.

 

Feds stall on funding for Alameda Point development

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has still not received its 2016 budget allocation of $70 million to build new facilities at Alameda Point. This week marks nine months since the federal budget was signed into law on Dec. 18, 2015. Efforts in the House and Senate to authorize getting the VA’s money released were hindered in July when Senate Republicans attached a bill to fund stopping the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus to the VA construction bill.

 

 

When C. C. Adams and Mark T. Cole planned Waterside Terrace on Alameda’s East End in 1912, they provided access to the water for all residents with three small semicircular parks east of Fernside Boulevard. The city approved the subdivision map with these parks — one near High Street, a second just across Fernside Boulevard from Monte Vista and a third across Fernside from Fairview. 

 

Last Monday was the first day of school for the public schools in Alameda. Playgrounds like the one at Franklin School, above, have been quiet for months but are now bustling with students. Remember to obey the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit both in school zones and just about everywhere else in town. Many kids walk and bike to school and their safety depends on safe drivers. 

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