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At 1223 Post St. in Alameda’s East End, a humble Gold Rush-era cottage still stands. It once housed a Norwegian immigrant named Christopher Christensen and his family. Post Street residents Farrah Morin, Safia Pigott and Abby Hayton celebrated the 168th anniversary of the discovery of gold on Jan. 24, 1848, on the steps of this Gold Rush-era cottage. That cottage inspired the Culinary Academy of Post Street to learn about the East End’s Gold Rush heritage. We also sampled Gold Rush grub including one special item first served in 1849 that you can still enjoy today!

On Sunday, May 17, Alameda Support Foundation (ASF), together with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), will be holding the first “Now That Your Lawn Is Gone” Garden Tour. The tour is an opportunity to visit more than 20 homes in Alameda that have removed their traditional front lawns in favor of more climate-friendly alternatives. These include vegetables, stone sculptures, and Mediterranean and native plants. 

There will also be a raffle and plant sale as part of the event. All proceeds from the event will go to supporting the animals at FAAS.

Oakland’s most beautiful, wild stretch of waterfront is about to go under the bulldozer. Notices have been posted around the neighborhood which warn that Signature Properties is applying for special permits to begin development on the land, without actually calling it development; so they can get around the restrictions in the environmental impact reports that have been filed for this contaminated, yet beautiful spot on the Oakland Estuary.

Monday, March 10
Emergency medical responses: 3:45 a.m. High Street; 8:21 a.m. Encinal Avenue; 10:17 a.m. Willow Street; 12 p.m. Clinton Avenue; 1:30 p.m. Park Avenue; 5:21 p.m. Central Avenue; 6:06 p.m. Kitty Hawk Road. 
Fire responses: 7:24 p.m. 1500 block of Park Street, assistance call for vehicle lock out; 11:05 p.m. Park Street, block number not given, commercial fire alarm.

The news about the deal between the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), the city of Alameda and the Alameda Housing Authority is getting some much needed attention. This deal, which has been reported to have been the subject of many closed sessions of the city council and school board, seems to be in need of some “sunshine” to get the facts out, to provide public input to the city council and school board as they give direction to staff and to preserve accessible public record of discussion, directions and decisions made by these governing bodies.

The city’s Community Development and Public Works departments will join East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to host a meeting to discuss potential changes to the city’s private sewer lateral ordinance.

This ordinance identifies a property owner’s responsibilities for sewer lateral testing, repair, and replacement, especially at the point of a sale or transfer.