January 2014

Alameda has been an incorporated city for well over a century. As the center for the Island's government, city hall falls in line with the age and history of the city: Alameda has been recognized as having one of the oldest active city halls in the state of California.

On Wednesday, media outlets reported that hundreds of journalists working at Patch news websites had been laid off. A source told media blogger Jim Romenesko that up to 90 percent of journalists working at Patch were laid off.

The 400-member California Historical Radio Society, which operates the Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame, is in the process of buying a former preschool building at 2152 Central Avenue to house their vast collection of vintage equipment and broadcast memorabilia.

To provide more of the news, explanatory reports and accountability journalism you want, we are going to need your help.

Alameda's Board of Education discussed the future of three of the Island's middle schools on Tuesday night, along with the entire district's facilities needs. Here's what happened, in tweets.

An Alameda-based company has been nominated as a finalist for an East Bay Economic Development Alliance Innovation Award.

The Planning Board put the brakes on the city’s plans for a new emergency operations center, with members saying the building’s designers need to make some changes before moving forward.

My sweetie and I have just finished coordinating our calendars so that we both know what we're doing and where we're going and when we're going there.

Members of Alameda’s Board of Education will weigh in Tuesday on which campus or campuses they think the Alameda Community Learning Center should call home next year.

The Public Art Commission meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 29 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines.

Alameda Point’s Spirits Alley is about to get a little more spirited. The City Council is poised to grant a lease to New Jersey-based distiller and importer Proximo Spirits for half of a Monarch Street airplane hangar that’s also occupied by a brewery.

Watching the news, “the faltering economy, the Occupy Movement, the 99 percent” resonated with artist Gabriele Bungardt, inspiring her to create “American Working Man,” a series of more than a dozen acrylic paintings. These works are on display at Spritzers Cafe.

Updated at 10:04 a.m. Sunday, February 9

This Friday may be the last time local newspaper readers hear the familiar thwap of the Alameda Journal hitting their porches.

Plans are underway to convert a weed-infested dirt lot in West Alameda into fields of dreams for the city’s youth sports teams.

Mary Rudge, Alameda’s longtime poet laureate, has died. Friends described Rudge as a woman who gave tirelessly to her community, raised a family and practiced her art in the face of incredible personal obstacles, traveling the world to spread her message of peace and working locally to boost literacy and access to her chosen form of expression.

Riders on local AC Transit lines are being greeted by brand-new fareboxes.

Oakland’s plans for thousands of new homes and jobs could be both a blessing and a curse for Alameda. So who’s building what, and where?

Governor Jerry Brown issued a drought declaration for California on Friday, and he's urging people to cut their water use by 20 percent.

About 300 volunteers showed up for an old-fashioned park raising Saturday at the future Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, to weed, mulch, paint a mural and build planter boxes and compost bins for a future community garden at the 22-acre park.

The Transportation Commission meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly headline review. Here’s your 60-second rundown.

It's been a long road back for 1417 Park Street since the owners of Boniere Bakery packed up their pastry bags and moved the business. Enter the Rogers family and Lola's Chicken Shack.

Are you interested in the future of Alameda Point? If so, we’ve scheduled a meetup where you can share your ideas on the Point with other like-minded souls.

Candidates for an array of local races are beginning to stake their claims for a place on the November ballot.

The Alameda Police Department is taking fresh steps toward implementing new technology that scans thousands of license plates in search of stolen cars and crime suspects.

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy..." Except it's the second week of January, and in spite of the warm weather, sailing events really slow down this time of year. Still, there are some races happening on the estuary during the winter months.

Alameda’s Board of Education rode herd on a contentious discussion Tuesday about space for Alameda Unified’s charter schools that exposed the rising tensions over space.

Tickets are still available for the Alameda Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Crab Feed, which is set to take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. February 1.

Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget offers California’s school districts some good fiscal news in the form of higher per-student funding and payment of billions of dollars of prior-years’ IOUs. But it also offers the possibility of higher pension costs for school and community college districts as soon as 2015.

It's hardly any wonder that at the end of the holiday season I find myself thinking about shopping. Not thinking about going shopping but about shopping's place in our cultural and social life.

For many, the New Year is about renewing willpower in order to tackle resolutions. But for Olympians, willpower is a necessity year-round. While others are struggling to make it to the gym at least once or twice a week, Olympians like lightweight rower Kristin Hedstrom rarely see a day away from their workout.

How many ambulance runs did the Alameda Fire Department make in 2013, and what hospitals did they end up at? Answers in our handy graphic.

The Board of Education meets in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this year’s kickoff edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this week.

In 1994, Donna Milgram founded the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), the only national organization whose sole mission is to provide educators and employers with the tools they need to encourage women to enter and succeed in careers where they are under-represented.

Governor Jerry Brown may help City Hall attain one of its key legislative objectives this year: Reclaiming the right to use property taxes to help finance the redevelopment of Alameda Point.

Updated at 12:53 p.m. Thursday, January 9 in bold

Schools leaders are expected to put a bond measure on the November ballot for repair and replacement of Alameda’s aged schools. So how much will you pay if voters approve it, and what will the money pay for?

Alameda census data

The U.S. Census Bureau has released a wealth of new data quantifying local communities' population, income and other demographic particulars. Here are some of Alameda's vital stats.

Homeowners who will move into Alameda Landing will likely pay more than residents in other parts of the city to live in their new neighborhood.

A pair of San Francisco teachers profiled in a San Francisco Chronicle piece on high housing costs last week called their bigger digs in Alameda a "consolation prize" for a forced move from the city. We asked our Facebook fans what they thought, and they weighed in on how they learned to love Alameda - and also, the rising cost of Island rents. Here's what they had to say.

The Alameda Recreation and Park Department is hosting an Alameda Community Garden Day of Service from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 18 at the in-progress Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, at the corner of Constitution Way and Atlantic Avenue.

More than a decade ago, Oakland’s city attorney sued Alameda over plans to redevelop Alameda Point. In the suit, his office claimed Alameda’s analysis of the proposed development’s impacts failed to adequately study and propose solutions for the traffic it would pump into Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood.

This is an emotional time of year, this period from Thanksgiving through the first week of the new year. Like it or not, because our society and its culture demand it, we come face to face with friends and family and how we feel about them and how we interact with them.

Alameda city salaries

State Controller John Chiang’s office recently released 2012 pay and retirement (pension and health) cost data for California’s city and county employees, offering a detailed breakdown of costs by both employee and department. Here are some of the key details Chiang offered up on Alameda’s municipal workforce.

The crew here at The Alamedan is looking forward to providing more of the news that matters to you in 2014, and we could use a little help doing that. We’re looking for a few good folks to help us broaden our coverage of the Island.

The freedom to make one’s own choices becomes clearer as we enter midlife.

The Recreation and Park Commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 9 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.