At a session preceding its Sept. 5 meeting, the City Council will offer the first reading of an ordinance establishing rules for dispensaries and other cannabis-related businesses. 

SCI Consulting Group recommends the eventual permitting of three dispensaries — one serving medical users and two for recreational users — in specified areas of the city. On-site vaporization at dispensaries would be banned, as would outdoor cultivation of cannabis for commercial purposes.

Alameda residents saved couple from capsized jetski

Mayor Trish Spencer awarded Certificates of Recognition to three Alamedans on Wednesday, Aug. 23, for their brave rescue of a distressed couple last month. 

They received their certificates in front of family members at council chambers in City Hall. 


Team Japan won the 36th annual World Tournament Baseball event after a 2-1 victory over team Korea in the final Saturday, Aug. 12, at the College of Alameda. It was Japan’s seventh straight World Tournament Baseball championship.

The tournament brought together high school underclassmen from all over the world to compete in the exhibition. Eligible players had to be 15 years or younger by March 31. 


Two rallies for opposite purposes were held last Wednesday in Alameda. One, held in the morning, aimed to defend the U.S. President while the other, held after dark, aimed to spur efforts to impeach him.

The Alameda Sun received notice late last Tuesday that a rally would be held the following morning in defense of President Donald Trump at the Posey Tube. Often rallies are held there to gain the attention of the many commuters who leave the Island through the Posey Tube each morning. 


The City Council will review additional information on the proposed Cross Alameda Trail gap on Atlantic Avenue at its Tuesday, July 18, meeting.

The project is called the Cross Alameda Trail (CAT) Atlantic Gap. Currently there are two segments of CAT approved. The Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway (RAMP) segment from Main to Webster streets and the Jean Sweeney Park segment from Constitution Way to Sherman Street. However, these two trails are separated by a one-block gap on Atlantic Avenue between Webster Street and Constitution Way. 


Cielo Aguilar won the Mayor’s Fourth of July 5K Ralph Appezzato Charity Event (RACE) last Tuesday, right before the Mayor’s Fourth of July parade.

Aguilar, 19, completed the race in 16:01. He just beat out Kyle Dunn for the victory. Dunn, 32, completed the trek in 16:06. Alameda native and St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND)-graduate Cooper Teare rounded out the top three with a time of 16:27.


On Wednesday, July 5, Alameda City Council considered an amendment to the Alameda Point Site A Plan, for the portion of Alameda Point currently under development. Alameda Point Partners and the City have created a solution that would maintain the integrity of the original development while delivering the need for housing. 


Second Shooting in Alameda this year

Alameda Police Department (APD) investigators are still searching for information on what led to a shooting last Wednesday, June 21, on the 300 block of Cypress Street that resulted in a victim with a gunshot wound. 

The incident occurred near the intersection of Cypress and Third streets at 3:57 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found evidence that a shooting took place, but all parties had already fled the scene.


For the 51st consecutive year, Alameda will hold its annual Sand Castle/Sculpture Contest. Don’t miss your chance to witness the impressive skills of Alameda and Bay Area sand artists on Saturday, June 10 at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach. 

As I penned this letter for publication, the City Council was set to vote at its Tuesday, June 6, meeting on a proposed two-year service agreement with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) to provide animal care services for the citizens of Alameda. The proposed Animal Services Agreement will increase funding from the City to FAAS to approximately $804,000, or 58 percent of FAAS’s annual operating budget.