Alameda News

On the corner of Santa Clara Avenue and Fifth Street sits a little deli that’s easy to miss, but its sandwiches — stuffed with a generous serving of meat on a wonderfully fragrant choice of breads — are hard to forget. Just take a step inside this classic corner eatery, and you’ll see why Santoro’s Italian Market & Deli is a neighborhood gem.

Harbor seals who now chill out on a crumbling dock off Alameda Point got some good news at the City Council's regular meeting Tuesday night: A project to build a new resting spot for the marine mammals is moving ahead.

The seals now use a derelict dock anchored in San Francisco Bay off Alameda Point as a “haul out” or platform to rest in between foraging for fish and other aquatic prey. But their current site is in the path of a planned maintenance and fueling site for public ferries operated by Water Emergency Transportation Agency. Up to 12 boats serving commuters on various bay routes could be accommodated at the facility.

It's that time of the year again: Time for summer street repair and road resurfacing projects that mean temporary closures on some Island streets (and ultimately, smoother roadways).

The city will be repairing and resurfacing 11 street segments this summer. Construction will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

For the eight street segments that are getting asphalt concrete overlays, city officials said they will keep one lane of traffic open each way if possible; if not, construction workers will flag drivers headed in both directions through a single lane of traffic.

Alameda loves to party. And the biggest event of the year is only days away.

Floats, horseback riding teams, a color guard and all the other entries needed for a patriotic display will march through the town when the 39th annual Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Billed as the second-longest Independence Day parade in the nation, the event is a tradition that the Island shares with the entire Bay Area. An estimated 50,000 spectators are expected to line the streets, either standing or sitting in chairs set up in advance along the parade route.

The Alameda Food Bank has a new executive director. Cindy Houts will take the helm after the food bank's current director, Troy Gilbert, leaves on July 4.

From left to right: Interim City Manager Liz Warmerdam, Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese, City Councilman Jim Oddie, Councilwoman Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, Councilman Tony Daysog and Fire Chief Doug Long. Photo courtesy of the City of Alameda.

Alameda's Board of Education has signed off on a pair of contracts for the school district's teachers and paraprofessionals.

On June 23 the board unanimously okayed a one-year agreement with the district's teachers and a three-year agreement with the paraprofessionals union. District and union officials are still working on a contract to cover Alameda Unified's custodians.

Police from Alameda and a host of other agencies wrote dozens of tickets during a pedestrian decoy sting Wednesday.

Officers issued 168 citations during the operation, which took place at eight of Alameda's busiest intersections. About 80 percent of the tickets were written for pedestrian violations, with additional citations issued for distracted driving and excessive speed.

The sting was part of a broader effort to educate drivers and reduce the number of pedestrian and vehicle collisions here and in other Alameda County cities where similar operations have taken place in recent months, police said.

In his June 11 commentary in the Alameda Sun, John Knox White, a city Planning Board member, attempts to defend that the analysis for the environmental impact report for Alameda Point’s 1,425 homes and 9,000 jobs will result in net-one-car-off-Island during the morning commute.

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