December 2014

The holidays are upon us, and with them comes the end of The Alamedan’s publishing year. This is also the time of year that we reach out to you, our readers, to ask you to consider supporting us with a contribution that will help us continue to provide you the local news you need.

Born in Stayton, Ore. to Henry and Martha Painton Sause, Sam was a gentle, loving man who touched the lives of many here in our Alameda community and beyond our Island home. At Christ Episcopal Church, Sam was beloved by everyone while he served in most of its ministries with steadfastness and selfless devotion, including that of senior warden.

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

You probably don’t need to be told that this is the last shopping weekend before Christmas. This final weekend can test the strongest holiday spirit, but as the holiday stress crescendos, there’s one holiday tradition that can defuse my irritation instantly: Christmas trees.

This is Winky. She is a sweet little girl who, at 12 weeks old, was rescued by the Feral Cat Foundation.

Practicing what we preach isn't always easy. Sure, I tell people to be patient when something hurts: rest, maybe walk or ride a bike instead for a week or two. But would I do that myself?

Alamedans will soon be asked to both conserve more water and pay more for what they use to help preserve the East Bay’s water supply in the face of a lingering drought.

Alamedans are getting into the spirit of things this holiday season, and reader Cathy Nielsen persuaded us to tell that story by sharing readers' holiday decoration pics.

Future residential development was on everyone’s mind Tuesday night as a growth-friendly City Council gave way to two new members who support a slower approach to development.

From the Better Late Than Never Department: If you've been meaning to donate food, coats or toys this holiday season and just haven't gotten the chance, there's still time to help out. Here's a map of collection barrels across the Island.

After several days of downpour the sun came out to play Sunday morning (appropriately), and my day began with a dog walk. I joined my friend Larry and his three-legged dog Maggie for a morning constitutional down Broadway and along the bay in the bird sanctuary.

Dozens of Alamedans took to the streets Sunday to protest police killings of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo. and to express their frustration about the lack of charges against the officers responsible for the killings.

The City Council is holding a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 16 and a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 16 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 weekly news review. Here’s what happened this week.

AC Transit and Alameda police are investigating a fatal bus collision with a pedestrian that occurred Thursday evening.

Friends identified the victim as Sam Sause, 78, of Alameda.

I was excited when I heard there was a new BBQ place opening up here in Alameda. Being from the South, I crave the slow-cooked smoked meats of my youth and have had a hard time finding good places that do it right. So, last Sunday my family and I ventured out to Alameda South Shore Center to give the Best Lil’ Porkhouse a try.

It's easy to learn to appreciate the natural world by watching for birds along Alameda's shoreline in late fall and winter during migration season.

Happy New Year!

Wait, what? Don't we have a few more weeks?

A storm dumped more than three inches of rain on Alameda on Thursday morning, flooding roads and downing trees across the Island. But Alameda appears to have escaped the heavier flooding and power outages experienced by some other Bay Area cities.

The average market rate of Alameda’s rental housing has risen more than 18 percent over the past 12 months, data obtained by The Alamedan show – faster than market rents in Alameda County and the Bay Area as a whole.

Asking rents in Alameda have risen 18.4 percent over the past 12 months, compared with 11.6 percent in Alameda County and 11.4 percent across the Bay Area, data released by the Novato-based research firm RealFacts show. The average market rent in Alameda in the third quarter of 2014 was $2,057, the data show, topping rents in Alameda County as a whole for the first time in two years.

Students held a silent protest outside Encinal High School on Wednesday afternoon, one of several people have staged around the Bay Area and across the country following police killings of unarmed black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo.

Ferry terminal closure: San Francisco Bay Ferry is shutting down its Main Street terminal this weekend to relocate the terminal’s ferry dock and install new passenger gangways. The terminal will be shut down Saturday and Sunday and is set to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.

Schools leaders will soon be seeking applicants to fill the school board seat being vacated by Mayor-elect Trish Herrera Spencer.

Imagine you operate a business at Alameda Point. During Thanksgiving weekend, you lost power for 30 hours and experienced total failure of your telecom and internet service during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. The fact that 60 other businesses at Alameda Point shared your pain was no consolation.

The East Bay Regional Park District has filed a request to dismiss its two-year-old lawsuit against the City of Alameda over city leaders' decision to zone property the park district wanted to permit housing, the park district announced Tuesday.

Dating back to the last two centuries, Alameda’s history has included farmers who worked the land. At Ploughshares Nursery, that history has come full circle.

This was the year I had to prove to the State of California that I was still capable of driving a car.

My name is Dave LeMoine. Thank you for taking up the cause of Bay Farm Island. There are great stories that need to be told.

The Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 9 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 what happened this week.

I’ve always loved the holidays. In addition to giving thanks for my family’s good fortune, it presents a time where our community can come together to help more families in Alameda have a good holiday season.

When an Alamedan reader questioned a statement City Councilman Tony Daysog made Tuesday night regarding a $995,000 upgrade for the Alameda Police Department's dispatch and records system, Daysog responded on Twitter and a lively debate ensued. Here's their exchange.

This week, I want to cover some actual local running!

Englishman. Artist. Fisherman. Carny. Oh, and a huge Giants fan. All of these words describe Oakland actor and author John Mercer, who’ll be sharing his collection of true tales in his one-man show, Swearing in English, at the Altarena Playhouse this month.

In this season of thanksgiving, I would like to thank the many in our community who supported Alameda students and teachers through the Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program.

A woman told me she goes from one pain and physical limitation in her life to another. It has become a theme of aging for her, and she is angry and frustrated about it. When one problem begins to subside, another replaces it.

The City Council offered preliminary approvals for a plan to build up to 380 new homes on the 11-acre Del Monte warehouse, a development that one council member said could offer the last new housing the Island will see for years.

The City Council offered preliminary approvals for development of the historic Del Monte warehouse in the early morning hours Wednesday. Here are our tweets for the seven hours we could stay awake for.

The November 2014 election is (finally!) over, but we’ve still got a few post-election items to share. Here’s our brief wrap of Election 2014.

The Alameda Health Care District Board welcomed a new member and a new Alameda Hospital administrator on Monday, before launching into a spirited discussion about its future in the wake of an affiliation deal that handed day to day management of the hospital to Alameda County’s public health system.


There have been riots in Ferguson, Mo. over the past week, and it's not clear when they will end.

The City Council is due to make decisions regarding the Del Monte warehouse and Alameda Point developments at its next meeting. Here is a look at what’s on the agenda.

Dear Editor:

Tim Lewis Communities wishes to respond to Mr. D’Amico’s letter in the Alameda Sun regarding truck activity at the Del Monte warehouse, which we understand has been a nuisance to neighbors.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 2 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.