Alameda

The City of Alameda, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) and Alameda Point Partners have announced that the groundbreaking of the Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal at Alameda Point will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., next Thursday, Sept. 12. The partners will break ground on the shores of the lagoon at West Oriskany Avenue and Ferry Point. 

A dispensary has yet to open in the Island City, but commerce in cannabis products was in full swing Saturday, Aug. 24, when Alameda Natural Grocery hosted an event promoting supplements containing CBD (cannabidiol). This non-psychoactive component of cannabis has some proven health benefits. Representatives of 16 manufacturers answered questions and offered samples of salves, tinctures, edibles and drinks — all are available at the Alameda Marketplace at Park Street and Buena Vista Avenue.

Landlord, city threaten elderly with evictions

Two Alameda residents — an 87-year-old man who survived Adolf Hitler’s Europe and a wheelchair-bound woman —are facing evictions from their homes. Margaret Tam, who owns The Dunes on Shore Line Drive, has informed Muslily Rishin that she no longer wants to accept his Section 8 rental voucher. She wants him to leave his home, so she can rent the two-bedroom apartment to someone else for more money. 

Alameda resident Alberto Rodriguez, a new kindergartener at the newly renamed Love Elementary School, happily attended his first-ever day of school Monday. The Alameda Unified School District reminds residents to take it slow while driving in town as students will be walking and biking to class. In most places the speed limit in Alameda is 25 miles per hour.

Rodriguez, whose aunt is the Alameda Sun’s finance manager, helps send subscription renewal letters for the paper from time to time. Thanks, Alberto!

Last Thursday, Aug. 8, the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) held a ceremony celebrating the re-opening of the 100,000-square-foot Historic Alameda High School (HAHS), 2200 Central Ave., which is a registered Historical Landmark. The architects of the school’s restoration provided some historic background on the Island City’s most significant piece of school architecture and the project to restore it. 

Largest hangar on track for reuse, street excavation, more

The massive aircraft hangar at the end of West Tower Avenue moved one step closer to commercial leasing last week. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) performed random radiation scanning inside the building to certify that the Navy’s cleanup of paint residue containing radium-226 was complete. The other regulatory agencies have already signed off on the radiation cleanup after the Navy performed an inch-by-inch scanning effort (“Radium-226 Paint Leaves Point Legacy,” Oct. 5, 2017.)

At 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, an alleged drunk driver was attempting to turn from Santa Clara Avenue onto High Street. He took the turn too widely and crashed into the fence that borders Lincoln Park. He fled from the vehicle, but witnesses pursued him through the park. They called 911 and Alameda Police Department officers arrived and placed the driver under arrest. 

More than 100 people gathered in front of City Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 12. They were participating in coast-to-coast vigils to call for an immediate closure of federal detention camps holding refugees in what many consider inhumane conditions. 

“Lights for Liberty,” a coalition dedicated to human rights, organized the protests. Valerie Landau who participated in the Alameda vigil said that protesters chanted “Close the camps,” as drivers and pedestrians cheered and honked to show support.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, June 20, the Planning Board will take its meeting on the road. The public is welcome to come along. The board will first host an open forum in the parking lot on Oak Street behind City Hall. Board members and the public will then visit four developments: Everett Commons at 2437 Everett St.; Mulberry at 2100 Clement Avenue; Littlejohn Commons at 1401 Buena Vista Ave. and Alameda Landing.

The City of Alameda will host a community workshop to discuss preliminary recommendations for improvements to Clement Avenue Monday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.  The city looks to address safety and speeding concerns on Clement Avenue between Grand Street and Broadway, while improving walking, bicycling and driving.  

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