The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will celebrate Lunar New Year with a huge festival set for Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. Come mark the arrival of the Year of the Pig with WABA at its second annual Lunar Year celebration. The event will be produced in partnership with the West End Arts & Entertainment District and features cultural performances by the Toi Shan Family Association. The celebration is made possible this year through a public art grant from the City of Alameda.


Alameda City Council authorized the interim city manager to work with the Alameda Social Services Human Relations Board to finalize the city’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) at its Jan. 15 meeting.

The City of Alameda revealed its updated website last Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 

Not only does it have a new, bold, red-and-blue design, the site has new features designed to improve access, transparency, usability and better serve Alameda residents.


A workshop has been set for the public to discuss community concerns related to speeding and safety while walking, bicycling and driving on Otis Drive between Westline Drive and Willow Street. The City of Alameda will host the meeting that will also discuss ideas for safety improvements and traffic calming.

The workshop will take place Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wood Middle School multi-purpose room at 429 Grand St.


perty on the west side of McKay Avenue was the central topic discussed at the first council meeting of the year last Thursday, Jan. 3 at City Hall. 

The City Council plans to call for a special election on Tuesday, April 9, for Alameda voters to decide the fate of the property, which is currently being leased by Alameda Point Collaborative. 

The annual celebration of local eateries, Alameda Restaurant Week, takes place over 11 days: from Thursday, Jan. 17 to Sunday, Jan. 27, with more than 40 participating restaurants. This is the second annual Restaurant Week in Alameda, which is part of the California Restaurant Month campaign to promote California’s culinary experiences.

The idea behind the event is to offset typically slow business in for local restaurants. During the 11days, locals can support Alameda’s dining scene by visiting participating restaurants, who will be offering prix fixe menus and specials. 


The City of Alameda is soliciting appointee applicants who would like to serve on the Rent Review Advisory Committee. The appointee will serve a partial term. 

The Rent Review Advisory Committee reviews rent increases, encourages communication between housing providers and tenants and renders decisions regarding rent increase requests. The committee meets the first Monday of the month, as needed. 

Alameda natives accomplished many athletic feats in 2018. Here’s part one of a two-part series looking back at some of the great athletic exploits from Alamedans in 2018.  

The 45th annual Alameda Elks Hoop Shoots City finals kicked off 2018 on Jan. 5. Isaiah Croxton and Mia Wong won the boys’ and girls’ eight- to nine-year-old division; Jack Omarra and Isabelle Lu won the boys’ and girls’ 10- to 11-year-old division; and Kaim Hajjem and Jayden Banaria won the boys’ and girls’ 12- to 13-year-old division. 


The City of Alameda provides three affordable transportation options for older residents or those with disabilities: the free Alameda Loop Shuttle service and two discounted taxi programs. The city would like to hear feedback from riders to help ensure these programs are meeting the community’s needs. To weigh in, riders may:

Outgoing Council wraps up business as new Council waits in the wings

At its final meeting next Tuesday, Dec. 18, the outgoing City Council with Mayor Trish Spencer at the helm, is scheduled to vote on the final passage of three ordinances. This meeting is scheduled to begin with a consideration of two financial reports at special meeting of the City Council and the successor agency to the Community Improvement Commission at 5 p.m. 

The Council will then hold its regular meeting to decide, among other items: