More than 30 people died in an Oakland warehouse fire Friday, Dec. 3, including Alameda native and Alameda High School graduate, Johnny Igaz. Johnny was a DJ who used the name “Nackt.” He was at the warehouse playing his music in between sets of live music.
In 2014 Chor Ng leased a warehouse he owns on 31st Avenue in Oakland to Derick Ion Almena. The new landlord had a plan to create an artists’ colony within the space. Attracted by the inexpensive rent and the camaraderie, performers, musicians and singers arrived and began living in the warehouse.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced recently that it will close the Posey Tube for maintenance and servicing from Alameda into Oakland on Thursdays through August of this year, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.
The pedestrian walkway will also be closed seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Baystar Shuttle Service is available for pedestrians traversing the tube by calling 401-4657. Detours will be in place.
Caltrans announced that it will close the Posey Tube for inspection and maintenance from 10 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, to 5 a.m., the following morning. The tube, built in 1928, carries traffic from
Alameda into Oakland.
Contractors currently working on a second project to rehabilitate the tube will continue with their work as scheduled. This includes repair, not maintenance work, and involves replacing guardrails and sidewalks, repairing and installing lighting and closed-circuit televisions, as well as rehabilitating the tube’s superstructure.
In 1994, a group of Alameda homeowners’ associations formed an umbrella organization to address issues at the Oakland International Airport. In 2001 this organization, called the “Citizens League For Airport Safety & Serenity” (CLASS), played a significant role in forcing the Port of Oakland, which operates the airport, to agree to improve airport security checkpoints, add gates to two terminals at the airport and improve parking there.
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.
A 25-year-old Alameda man died early Tuesday, Jan. 28, from gunshot wounds suffered the previous night at a drugstore parking lot in Oakland, police said.
The shooting occurred around 9:06 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 in the parking lot of the Walgreen’s store at 3434 High St., police said. Officers found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the face. His name is being withheld pending notification of relatives. The victim was unresponsive when police arrived on the scene. He was taken to Highland Hospital where he died at 1:35 a.m., Tuesday.