West Alameda Business Association


Spring has sprung and I, for one, am so excited as that means we are heading into a truly exciting season for the West Alameda Business Association (WABA).

Several representatives from the the City of Alameda attended WABA’s monthly board meeting, hosted by Hawthorn Suites on Webster Street. WABA was excited to host special guests from the City of Alameda: Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Andrew Thomas from Planning and Transportation and Amanda Gehrke from Economic Development. The board was excited to learn about some new city developments. 

While navigating today’s busy society, everyone is looking for tips and tricks to stay on top of their game, maintain their cognitive sharpness, biohack their mental capacity and age gracefully without losing their minds. I often get questions like: “What are some ways students can enhance their chances to pass a test?”, “How can employees keep their brains sharp throughout the day?” or “How might a retiree prevent crossing the precipice into mental decline?” Following are six ways I share to preserve people’s brain strength and endurance. 


The Beacon Business Bank Speakers Series kicks off the spring season today, Thursday, March 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with two local experts speaking on topics of interest to business owners. 

First, CPA Lars Hansson will speak on “Tax laws of 2019 and the Impacts on Businesses” 

Hansson has worked for more than 30 years providing dedicated service to his clients located throughout the Bay Area. His expertise is in business income tax preparation, tax planning, trust planning, estate preparation and planning processes. 

I for one am so thankful to be part of this amazing community — even more so after being a part of the Lunar New Year Celebration on Feb. 16. There are always so many people involved with an event like this and I want to take a minute to thank them all. 


I would like to respond to the article in the Alameda Magazine, published on Feb. 11, titled “Road Diet Rage” and written by Sarah Phelan that infers the Webster Street Business Association (WABA) is anti-bike and anti-safety. WABA absolutely encourages bicyclists in the Webster Street district and throughout West Alameda. We are certainly not raging. The author states, “Concerns about how to move people safely through an intersection that’s at the heart of the West Alameda business district” has delayed the project to be completely vetted for the best results. 


Happy Holidays, Alameda! Visit the shops and restaurants on Webster Street on Saturdays and enjoy free parking through December when you shop, eat and enjoy Webster Street.

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) enjoyed a great kick-off to the holidays at a Community Meet and Greet held at Beacon Business Bank on Nov. 28. Maria Gallo, Manager, hosted the event inviting members of Alameda’s Business Associations: Downtown, Greater, WABA and the Chamber of Commerce.  

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) had a very successful Halloween. Webster Street was alive with families and balloons. I received this email regarding the Halloween on Webster event: 

The first-ever Animate Dance Festival took place this past weekend at Alameda Point. The West End proudly played host to the free event that presented more than 150 dancers performing in 10 different styles. Presented by the West End Arts and Entertainment District, the event received funding from the City of Alameda Public Art Fund. 

For more scenes from the festival, see www.mauriceramirez.pixieset.com/g/animatedancefestival.


The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) invites everyone in Alameda to Halloween on Webster Street!

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 7 p.m., families are invited to trick-or-treat at participating merchants on Webster Street. Keep an eye out for the sign in their front window and balloons in front of the business.


The annual “Bike for the Parks” will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29. The event starts and ends at Washington Park, 740 Central Ave. and offers a 25-mile ride around the Island City, with a shorter eight-mile ride for younger children and their parents. The ride offers a “team challenge” with groups of six riders or more judged on spirit, appearance and teamwork.