July 2015

Photo by Marty Beene.

It was kind of hot here in The 'Meda earlier this week.

Image from the bart.gov website.

BART is shutting down transbay service this weekend to perform work on its tracks. So how will you get around?

On Saturday morning we strolled up and down Park Street, taking in the delights of this past weekend's art and wine fair. We hugged some friends, bought a trinket and paused for the music at each end of the tent line.

Alameda's planners are seeking permission to make changes that they say would make it cheaper and easier for local homeowners to construct improvements.

The Planning Board will consider the proposed changes tonight.

So let's do the math, folks. A simple example. Landlords and their apologists are claiming parcel taxes and sewer fees and permit fees are breaking their backs and the only way to stay out of lifelong traction is to raise the rent. Okay. So they raise their rents 20 to 50 percent because they claim that's what is necessary to stay in business.

I hate running early in the morning.

Sure, many people are just not "morning people," so it stands to reason that non-morning people might not enjoy running in the early morning.

A tie-breaking vote brought an end to an extended school board meeting Wednesday evening where Gray Harris was selected for and sworn in to the Alameda Board of Education to fill the empty seat of Nielsen Tam, who died of leukemia on May 24.

With the Bay Area’s housing crisis in the backdrop, the City Council on Tuesday took a small step toward giving tenants a way to combat rising rents.

By a unanimous vote, the council gave its initial approval to an ordinance that would require landlords to take part in hearings conducted by the city’s Rent Review Advisory Committee.

A former school board member and a onetime president of the local teachers' union are among the five people seeking appointment to the Alameda Board of Education.

The weather has been wonderful this past week: warm days, cool nights, slightly foggy mornings, just bliss. Of course, it would be here in Alameda, the very center of the old philosopher's Golden Mean. Not too much, not too little, but just right!

The last time the Alameda Housing Authority debuted an affordable housing project specifically for seniors, George Bush was president — George H.W. Bush. Independence Village at Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue opened in 1991.

In 1866, the Western Pacific ran out of money after completing the first 20 miles of track. This forced the railroad to halt construction east of Vallejo Mills in the middle of the desolate canyon along Alameda Creek. The following year, the Central Pacific decided that the route from Sacramento though San Jose to San Francisco was too long. The railroad found it more expeditious to instead run trains to Oakland and then use ferry boats to carry passengers to San Francisco.

This 1867 decision enhanced the role ferries would play in shuttling commuters around the Bay Area.

After age 30, we tend to lose muscle mass at a rate of three to five percent per decade if we don't do something about it, a natural process called sarcopenia.

Things have been relatively quiet lately in the battle over the Harbor Bay Club. In the last year, there have been no hearings or votes taken on the proposal to move the Bay Farm Island athletic club to a new site near the Harbor Bay Business Park.

But behind the scenes, proponents and opponents have been hard at work solidifying support, refining their messages and contacting city officials in anticipation of when the development plan comes before the Planning Board.

Summer has definitely arrived. The marine layer lives off shore once again, and the climate has provided several days of perfection in the minds of some of us.

The Alameda Education Foundation and a list of other local nonprofits have kicked off their annual Equipped 4 Success backpack and school supply donation drive.

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.

With many people headed off on vacations in the midst of the summer travel season, I was reminded of how I enjoy mapping out such a trip. But it's also a great idea to map out your fitness plans for the year, especially if running is your thing.

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.

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.

I have to admit, we crossed the estuary to celebrate the Fourth. We like the parade in Alameda, we've watched it from San Jose Avenue and Park Street for many years, we even participated one year. But this year, we received an invitation we couldn't refuse.

I mentioned the Tour de France in last week's blog post, as it's one of my favorite sporting events and it starts on Saturday. It's unfortunate that there's such a history of cheating, but I tend to enjoy it from the perspective of trying to imagine riding it myself, and how difficult that would be.

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.

Even when we are doing fine, the focus on the condition of our bodies in regard to health exists.