March 2015

Alamedans who don’t own cars will soon have another option for driving around and off the Island, and parking will be included.

To get to an unusually early appointment Monday morning, I was up and out of the house by 7:30 a.m.

Joi Lin Blake knows the potential that can be unlocked by obtaining an education. She has spent her professional life helping those who need a hand obtaining the academic knowledge and training needed for success.

Alameda Boy Scouts Nick Adgar, Daniel McCormick, Kyle Rentschler and Sam Wu received the Eagle Scout award during a recent Boy Scouts of America National Court of Honor.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 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 week in review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

If you’ve been wanting to become a Bay Area coffee connoisseur, Indie Coffee Passport East Bay can get you on your way, and a few Alameda cafes – Beanery, Wescafe and Beulah’s Bean Truck – are among the 22 cafes participating.

Do you like to run up and down steep hills? Then have I got a run for you!

Development of Site A (or any portion of Alameda Point) can’t proceed unless four of the council’s five members agree to move forward. So if two council members have already said they oppose building homes at Alameda Point, what are the chances that the development will move forward?

As we observe Wound Care Awareness Week, it’s important to recognize that chronic wounds are a burden that touches 6.5 million people in the United States. Chronic wounds are wounds that do not heal in a timely manner and risk infection up to and including sepsis, amputation or even death.

Alamedans who drive – and park – in Alameda will soon be free to leave their bags of change at home.

The city is set to replace all 822 of its analog parking meters with digital meters that accept both change and credit cards. The new meters could be in place by the end of June.

Missed a week of Dave LeMoine’s fabulous serial blog, Growing Up in Alameda? To commemorate the publication of his popular series, we’ve assembled links to each part right here in one post.

The Encinal Jets – and the Junior Jets – are about to become one big, happy family.

Tonight, the school board will consider whether to combine Encinal High School and the Junior Jets middle school program on the Encinal campus into a single school. If the board grants its okay, the new school will be called Encinal Junior/Senior High School.

Nothing quite focuses the attention like a toothache. Invisible to others, it comes to dominate one's life with its single-minded insistence on being attended to.

Harbor Bay ferry riders who are struggling to find someplace to park may soon have new legal, on-street options. But some homeowners who live near the ferry terminal say they want better parking enforcement, not relaxed restrictions.


Civil Service Board, 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, Conference Room 360, City Hall.

City Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, council chambers, City Hall. Agenda

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

Vigilante James Farwell, consul Frederik O’Hara Taaffe, steamboat captain Robert R. Thompson and their families once lived on an estate that today’s Alamedans know as Lincoln Park.

This week, we visit yet another East Bay park that makes a terrific running venue, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline.

Over the past several months I’ve posted pieces on the phenomenon of rising rents to this blog, in an effort to explain what’s happening with the local rental market, why, and what is (or isn’t) being done to address those issues. (I’ve posted additional stories on rising rents and declining availability outside of the blog; more on those in the paragraphs that follow.)

Image courtesy of the City of Alameda.

Ferry boats carrying passengers across San Francisco Bay will be coming to Alameda for fuel and maintenance someday soon, the City Council decided Tuesday night.

On Tuesday night, the City Council talked about an Alameda Point lease for the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, rents commission rules and more. Here's the tweet by tweet.

Dick Stevens worked full time at the corner Chevron station. His main car, until it met a brick wall at the end of Flower Lane, was a ‘47 Ford convertible powered by Oldsmobile. Dick was given this ‘49 Chevy four-door sedan. With nothing better to do, we used to ride around town.

Island commuters who are already facing delays due to work on the High Street Bridge will soon face a fresh obstacle to their commute: Reconstruction of the I-880’s 29th Avenue overcrossing, which sits in Oakland just across the Park Street Bridge.

For the past several weeks my sweetie has been reading aloud to her granddaughter from Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird," while I eavesdrop from my chair in front of my computer screen.

City Council members have asked Assistant City Manager Liz Warmerdam to serve as Alameda’s interim city manager when the city’s current manager, John Russo, leaves on May 1.

Planning Board, 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, council chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Board of Education, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, council chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Draft agenda


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

Park Street lacked a brewery where hops lovers could enjoy some high quality suds. But that space is now being ably filled by the brand-new Alameda Island Brewing Company, a welcome addition to Park Street and the Island that sits on the old Cavanaugh Motors spot just a stone’s throw from the Park Street Bridge.

This week, let's go to Richmond!

We'll be taking a day off today to attend to some urgent family matters. Back on Friday with more news.

City Council members voted Tuesday to abandon a proposed moratorium on development applications that seek a break on Measure A and other development standards to help facilitate construction of affordable housing.

Devil’s Punch Bowl was an old rock quarry we passed on the way up to Skyline Drive. We often hiked through the trees and brush, and would climb down inside, just for the adventure.

Video courtesy of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.

We've been altering our east-west route across the city to drive on Central Avenue as often as possible this past week.

In today’s alert, we’ve got a study session on some proposed Clement Avenue townhomes, forward movement on Fire Station 3 and a discussion on the city’s density bonus ordinance.

The Restoration Advisory Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12 in Room 140 at City Hall West, 950 West Mall Parkway.

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

Gone are the days when our sleepy Island rolled up the sidewalks at sundown and the only action to be found on Park Street was the jukebox at the Buckhorn. Nights in Alameda are now alive and buzzing with unique events and creative gatherings all over town, just waiting for folks to venture out and join in on some good ol’ fashioned fun.

To celebrate one year of blogging for The Alamedan, and for my third installment of the "Great Places to Run in the East Bay" series, let's go to Redwood Regional Park.

A few months ago, I received an exciting phone call: I’d been selected as one of a half dozen teens and women to be honored this month by Girls Inc. of the Island City as one of its Women Who Dare.

The awards luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club, 641 West Redline Avenue, Alameda Point. Tickets are $60 and are available online, and the money supports Girls Inc. of the Island City’s programs, which range from science to sports and self-defense. This year’s theme is Risk, Resiliency, and Reward.

I watched the documentary “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory.” It was made in 2014.

Traveling on foot or bicycle through the tunnels that connect Alameda’s West End with downtown Oakland is a loud, soot-covered experience, and commute hour car traffic can be a hassle. But shuttle services provided by the City of Alameda and developers looking to fulfill their responsibility to manage tube traffic provide another option.

We were in need of a new challenge. Someone remembered the old orange crate coasters we built as kids. Why didn’t we improve on that concept? Let’s take a piece of 2’x4’ and an old steel shoe skate, merge them, and try balancing.

The City Council is set to consider leasing a waterfront site that could be home to the first construction project at Alameda Point – a maintenance and operations center for the Bay Area’s public ferry service.

Here's the thing. Aging imposes new rules on living, and one whole subset of rules governs eating: when, how much, how often and how bland. It also drives bedtime ever closer to getting-out-of-bed time.

Parents and schools staffers are making a renewed push for better security at Alameda schools following a pair of on-campus incidents over the past few weeks.

An Alameda Point open house is being held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at Bladium Bar & Grill, 800 West Tower Avenue. The City Council and Planning Board will be in attendance.