West Alameda Business Association

Legendary frogman John Wolfram will visit Alameda as part of a series of events occurring across the nation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The USS Hornet played a pivotal role in rescuing the Apollo 11 astronauts from the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969. When Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins splashed down, the first person they laid eyes on was Wolfram in his inflatable raft. He had flower decals all over his wetsuit.

Events taking place on the West End recently included “Taste of Alameda,” a delicious tour of the Island City on April 24 (left) and Bike to Work Day, May 9 (right). Both events were well attended. Above, volunteers from the West End staffed the Bike to Work Day Energizer Station at the Main Street Ferry Terminal. According to BikeWalkAlameda, some 1,100 cyclists participated in 2019’s Bike to Work Day. Some were even seen pedaling the new Schiller water bikes across the Oakland Estuary.

The West Alameda Business Association is proud to annouce that Alameda Martial Arts Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West End’s Washington Park, 740 Central Ave. To mark the occasion, the International Chi Institute, 1532 Webster St. will present a demostration to the community free of charge. 

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) and the Oakland A’s will host a community forum to discuss the Major League Baseball team’s new stadium concept. Join the conversation! 
Come learn about the Oakland A’s plans for a new Howard Terminal ballpark and redevelopment of the Oakland Coliseum site. The WABA-Oakland A’s Community Forum will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at Michaan’s Auction Theater, 2700 Saratoga St. at Alameda Point.

To register, visit htttp://tinyurl.com/y4e22et.


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.