March 2014

Spring, which unofficially arrived sometime in January, made its official debut on March 21 and drew scores of Alamedans to the shore.

Alameda resident Sue Lim is a member of the all-woman Ketos whaleboat racing team, which competed in February at the Australian Whale Boat Racing Championships.

The Historical Advisory Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3 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 for the week.

Alameda police are investigating some “completely unusual” gas thefts that took place near the Main Street ferry terminal on Thursday.

Over the past several years, Ron Cowan's Harbor Bay Isle Associates has offered several proposals to add additional homes to Bay Farm Island. The most recent bids to increase development there are only the latest in a series of development cycles that have transformed Bay Farm from marshland into Alameda’s own little suburb.

What do you look like when you run?

Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri said he doesn’t know whether it’s gratifying or horrifying that officers in his department wrote 62 tickets in five hours during a February pedestrian crosswalk sting.

The city is moving forward with plans to construct a long-sought emergency operations center on former Alameda Belt Line property a block away from a mid-Island fire station.

The Alameda Community Learning Center is inviting community members to its annual Art & Diversity Festival, which is being held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday, March 28 on the school’s campus at 400 Grand Street.

The Planning Board took a first look Monday at a plan intended to blunt the traffic to and from Alameda Point by offering incentives to walk, bike, carpool and take public transit.

City leaders are working on a plan that they hope will help them blunt rush-hour traffic to and from Alameda Point. One strategy: Attract residents who don’t want to drive.

I grew up in the East Bronx during a magical time in America. In the mid-1950s I was in my mid-teens and “coffee shop” meant one of 30 or so places in Greenwich Village.

While many coaches spend a lifetime building their reputation, Joe Tenorio made a name for himself in just a few years. He is a Bay Area coaching legend.

The Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 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 two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

A sudden (albeit temporary) lull in the opening of new eating establishments in town prompted me to focus this month on our local wineries. What better way than by attending the yearly East Bay Vintners Alliance event Passport to Urban Wine Country?

What should you do if you're bored with your fitness routine?

Parents at Maya Lin School are asking schools officials to move cell phone antennae perched on the school’s roof to a building that doesn’t house children and to use an upcoming contract renewal as an opportunity to review whether the deal to put a cell tower on the school was inked legally.

Alameda’s ferry commuters will soon have more Main Street departures to choose from.

Things are perking up as you read this "Spring Equinox" edition!

A plan to use city money and borrowed funds to build a new Fire Station 3 was unveiled before the City Council on Tuesday night.

The City Council unanimously approved a complex land and cash swap deal with the school board and Alameda Housing Authority; we've got the tweet by tweet.

The land swap involving the Alameda Unified School District, the City of Alameda and the Alameda Housing Authority is getting a lot of attention, and rightfully so.

The city and the East Bay Municipal Utility District are holding a public meeting to discuss potential changes to Alameda’s private sewer lateral ordinance from 10 a.m.

The City Council is slated to vote tonight on a complex land and cash swap deal that will resolve deeds to public trust property on the Island’s northern waterfront, give the school district the money it needs to fix up pools at Encinal High School and hand housing funds and the former Island High School site to the Alameda Housing Authority.

A little-noted development of modern times is the ubiquity of music.

The federal government plans to sue the state to reclaim ownership of a road that a developer who purchased federal property nearby needs to rekindle its home building plans, according to a letter obtained Monday by The Alamedan.

Local environmentalists fear changes Alameda Municipal Power – which bills itself as “the greenest little utility in America” – plans to make to its solar program could bring an end to new solar installations on the Island.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at 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 for the week.

Bills that would revamp the community college accreditation process and permit worker cooperatives are among the nearly two dozen proposed so far by Alameda Assemblyman Rob Bonta during the second half of the 2013-14 legislative session.

Ask any Baby Boomer about their fondest memories of growing up in Alameda, and the conversation will inevitably turn to playing baseball in the old "T-shirt" league.

Since the title of this blog hints that I'll write about running here in Alameda, I thought I would take a step back into the past to see what the scene was like here and elsewhere in the East Bay and Bay Area.

The city wants your thoughts on a new draft of its “blueprint” for housing development, which lays out where new homes could be built, how many could be built and what programs and the policies in place to support home building efforts.

I cannot attend tonight's meeting on the future of Isabelle's Bench in Jackson Park. I would like, however, that my comments, in the form of this letter, be added to the official minutes of the meeting and considered by the Commission.

A 94-year-old concrete bench that may be Alameda’s best-known piece of park furniture could fall to the wrecking ball.

Alameda's Board of Ed considered a land and cash swap deal with the city, interim budget figures and more. Here's our tweet by tweet.

Google-owned Makani Power will be expanding its presence at Alameda Point.

A Sacramento-area homebuilder has unveiled plans to build up to 414 lofts, townhomes and flats and 25,000 square feet of shops and restaurants in and around the old Del Monte warehouse at the corner of Buena Vista Avenue and Sherman Street.

My sweetie and I live with two cats. It's been my observation over the four-plus years I've shared their house that we learn more from them than they learn from us.

Harbor Bay Isle Associates has asked the city to pause its controversial application to build 80 luxury homes where the Harbor Bay Club now stands – and to speed approvals for a new fitness club on North Loop Road.

The Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee celebrated its 16th annual Spring Festival on Saturday with dances, martial arts demonstrations and this performance by the Lincoln Middle School band. Donna Eyestone captured the flavor the festivities in this video.

After reading this story (“Police draw weapons on Park Street following gun report,” March 1) and the comments, I would like to shed some light on the circumstances surrounding this incident and clear up any confusion about what our officers can or cannot do when it comes to drawing or displaying their weapons.

The Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 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 60-second headline review. Here’s what happened on the Island this week.

City and schools leaders are set to consider a complex land and cash deal that will resolve a series of long-running disputes put resources into the hands of the agencies that can make the best use of them, staffers who drafted the agreements said.

Welcome to Running in the 'Meda, a blog about fitness here in Alameda (and beyond!). The purpose of today's post is to introduce myself and to write about some of my fitness-related passions.

Amidst many relatively new shops and restaurants on and surrounding Park Street – hopefully keeping people shopping in our city – is one that truly stands out with its own tremendous bit of East Bay history.

New assumptions about how long public workers will live, what they’ll earn and when they’ll retire are expected to mean bigger pension bills for the City of Alameda.

Alameda Music Project (AMP) is a tuition-free, after school music education program currently piloting at Maya Lin School.

The Alameda Point Collaborative still has spaces available in its Farm2Market community supported agriculture spring subscription program.

Managers of Alameda’s Harbor Bay and Main Street ferry services and city officials are hosting a pair of public hearings this month to gauge riders’ interest in increasing service and to collect the community’s thoughts on ways to improve access to both terminals.

The city will likely soon be seeking a firm to build a long-desired Shore Line Drive bikeway that staffers say will offer a safer route and bay views to cyclists traversing a 1.8-mile stretch of the Island.

January was a very busy month for the Alameda Education Foundation.

It is now officially an epidemic. Wherever one goes to a restaurant - low cost, middle range or high end - the wait staff has taken to referring to their patrons as “guys.”

Alameda schools officials are crediting new, more progressive discipline policies for a drop in suspensions and expulsions.

I came to fully understand the process of entering midlife when I researched, reflected, and wrote my dissertation. And the awareness that others shared the same experience was validating and clarifying. Hopefully this writing is helping others achieve the same appreciation.

The Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 in the Dal Cielo Conference Room at Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Avenue.

Visitors to a crowded corner of Park Street said they got a scare Saturday when police drew their weapons on a man they said they believed to be armed with a gun, sending some scrambling for cover.

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