At its Feb. 19 meeting, the City Council discussed and took action on the city’s Open Government Commission’s (OGC) decision to declare a pair of ordinances relating to cannabis businesses null and void. The Council voted 4-0 to reconsider ordinances 3227 and 3228 at a future meeting. Councilmember Tony Daysog abstained.
Both ordinances regulate cannabis businesses. Ordinance 3227 involves the regulatory rules of marijuana businesses in Alameda, while Ordinance 3228 deals with the land-use zoning of potential marijuana businesses.
Dignitaries with the City of Alameda and members of the public celebrated the Year of the Pig last Saturday with a festival on Webster Street at Haight Avenue. Flanked by lion dancers from the Toi Shan Family Association are: West Alameda Business Association Executive Director Linda Asbury, Vice Mayor John Knox White, Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Councilmember Tony Daysog. The event was co-sponsored by the Toi Shan Family Foundation, East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association and the City of Alameda. For more scenes from the festival.
Thanks to a tip he received in the Alameda Sun, (“Innovative Young People Can Apply for $5,000,” Oct. 25, 2018) Alameda musician Lorenzo Wood has been awarded a Hunter Watson Memorial Fund Grant to obtain and install professional-quality equipment in his recording studio. The studio will welcome and encourage local musicians and songwriters of all ages and experience.
Wood currently attends Alameda High School as a junior. He has been performing as a singer and musician from a young age. He performed on stage at the Park Street Spring Festival last year and will again this year.
Just two Alameda high school basketball teams survived the first week of the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs last week.
St. Joseph Notre Dame
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) women’s basketball team continued its domination of opponents in the first week of the NCS Div. III women’s basketball tournament. The third-seed Pilots won their first two contests by a combined score of 161-44.
The Alameda Boys & Girls Club (ABGC) announced it will hold its first-ever fundraising food, wine and music festival, titled “Corks, Forks, Rhythm & Brews.” The event date has been set for Saturday, Oct. 5, and will feature California’s best wineries, spirits and breweries, gourmet foods, restaurants and live music to benefit ABGC.
In 1943, Edwin Leon Coleman boarded a segregated train with his parents in El Dorado, Ark., and headed to Alameda. Since White soldiers and passengers occupied all the seats in the “colored” area of the train, Coleman, his mother and sister rode in the vestibule between cars most of the way to California. Despite the uncomfortable half-week journey, the family held out hope that better opportunities would await them in California. Little did the Colemans know that segregation awaited them in the Golden State.
Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is warning customers of a phone scam. The municipally owned utility has received reports that scammers are impersonating its employees and demanding immediate payment from customers. In addition, AMP received a report of a caller falsely claiming to be a PG&E employee who was collecting payments for AMP.
Construction began Monday on the Cross Alameda Trail (CAT) between Main Street and Constitution Way, along Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway (RAMP) and Atlantic Avenue. This long-awaited 0.9-mile segment of the planned four-mile cross-town bicycling and walking corridor is expected to be built by September 2019.
Students from Alameda’s South Korean Sister City, Yeongdong-gun, recently returned home with souvenirs and stories from the United States (“Sister City’s Students Pay Visit to City Hall,” Jan. 31). Among the treasures they attained were copies of the Alameda Sun with the group’s picture on the front page. While in town, the students visited several Island City landmarks including: Crab Cove, USS Hornet and Semmifreddi’s Bakery. They also attended classes at Academy of Alameda.