Alameda

Doolittle’s copilot died in San Antonio, Tex., April 9

The sad news that Richard “Dick” Cole died on April 9 at the age of 103 marked the passing of the last of the “Doolittle Raiders.”

Cole literally had a front-row seat next to Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle as the copilot in the No.1 bomber. Doolittle and Cole joined navigator Lt. Henry A. Potter, bombardier SSgt. Fred A. Braemer and engineer gunner SSgt. Paul J. Leonard as the first of the raid’s 16 B-25s to fly over Japan and the first to drop a bomb load — four incendiaries aimed at a large factory.

Seven Island City runners competed

Several Alamedans took part in the 123rd Boston Marathon Monday, April 15.

Seven Alameda residents traveled to the East Coast to take part in prestigious long-distance race. Connie Shieh finished the 26.2-mile race with a time of 3:12:11. The 31-year-old hit the halfway mark at 1:31:12. She finished 4,777th overall and 464th in the women’s 18- to 39-year-old division.

Amazon announced April 2 that a student from Alameda High School will be one of the first recipients of an Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship. The $40,000 scholarship provides the student with funds to study computer science at a university of their choosing along with a paid internship at Amazon after their freshmen year of college.  

The student, Ashley Chu, is one of just 100 high school seniors from underserved communities across the country that will receive this first-ever scholarship.  

Council to determine marijuana’s future

At its April 16 meeting, the City Council will consider the final fate of four cannabis-related ordinances.  

New residents of Everett Commons, including a family originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, enjoyed showing Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft their homes during the ribbon-cutting ceremony March 27. In addition to being a single-story unit, the facility has ADA features such as a wheelchair-accessible kitchen and bath counters and wider hallways to meet their needs.

 

The proposed wellness center on McKay Avenue will create less of a financial burden on the city than a city park, according to a fiscal impact analysis conducted by a California real estate advisory firm.

 

The City of Alameda invites the public to participate in a second community workshop to discuss recommendations that address speeding and safety, while improving walking, bicycling, driving and public transit on Otis Drive between Westline Drive and Willow Street.  

The meeting will take place in the Wood Middle School multi-purpose room, 420 Grand St., next Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. More info: 747-6892 or gpayne@alamedaca.gov.  

 

 

Recent letters to the editor have raised questions about the Alameda Sun’s policies regarding the opinion page. The Sun recently edited a letter. The writer emailed the Sun demanding that we run her original letter unedited in its entirety along with a second letter she submitted. 

She told the Sun that if both letters didn’t run exactly the way she wrote them, she would report the paper to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for violating her rights. She followed her written demands with a phone call. 

 

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.

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