Webster Street

On May 19, the City Council approved a multi-pronged Commercial Streets Program to streamline the permit approval process for expanding dining and retail to parklets and sidewalks. Last Friday many Alameda businesses and restaurants began reopening. 


Architect Daniel Hoy is scheduled to appear before the Planning Board next Monday, representing property owners Sam and Michelle Koka. According to a report City Planner Henry Dong submitted the last time the Koka’s project was before the board in November 2016, they propose to build an approximately 14,300-square-foot, three-story, mixed-use building on the southwest corner of Webster Street and Pacific Avenue. 

Long-disused parking lot may become retail, apartments

“This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for,” the real estate agent representing the seller of the property at 1435 Webster St. promised prospects. “Large vacant corner commercial lot (the long-shuttered parking lot at Taylor Avenue and Webster Street). Available for current or future development.”

The Estuary Crossing Shuttle will not run between Thursday, Dec. 24, and Jan. 1, 2016. Service will resume again on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Those in need of transportation during this time should visit 511.org. 

The Estuary Crossing Shuttle travels between the College of Alameda at Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue and the Lake Merritt BART station. It makes a short intervening loop to Wind River Systems. 

To learn more about the shuttle, visit www.estuaryxingshuttle.org.


The Fireside Lounge, the Hunter Public House and Calafia Taqueria have teamed up with the West Alameda Business Association and the West End Arts and Entertainment District to create the Al Fresco Dining Park at Wester Street and Taylor Avenue. They presented their first live show last Friday. The evening also celebrated Edwina Maye’s birthday, shown here on the far left. Maye started Superhero Desserts on Webster with fellow musician Mike Phillips. They give back to the community by using money they make from sales at their shop for homeless outreach.


The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced this week that it will close the Webster Tube, entering Alameda, for washing operations. The Tube will be closed Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 16 through 18, from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Questions or information about the closures should be directed to Eroluis Oseguera, Caltrans, Tunnels and Tubes, at 286-3947.


The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced recently that it will close the Webster Tube for cleaning. 

The Webster Tube, entering Alameda, will be closed Monday, July 10, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning, and Tuesday, July 11, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.

Questions or information about the tube closures should be directed to Eroluis Oseguera, Caltrans, Tunnels and Tubes, at 286-3947.



Magnificent sunny weather brought the crowds to Webster Street’s annual street fair and Father’s Day Celebration dubbed The Island Jam last weekend. 

Like any great county fair, there were many unusual fried goods plus funnel cakes, candied apples, sausage, barbecue, corn dogs, ice cream and sno-cones of all flavors.

Many local restaurants and businesses had a great presence including the The USS Hornet Museum, Alameda Chamber of Commerce, AC Transit and The Friends of The Alameda Animal Shelter. Alameda Hospital’s booth showed off their many free programs. 

Pacific Gas and Electric has plans to remove and replace eight trees, and possibly more, on the island. The gas utility recently reviewed 35 trees on public property and another 48 trees on private property. Those property owners will receive letters from PG&E requesting appointments to discuss the trees.