Community Corner: Crab fundraiser, new bus fareboxes and more

Community Corner: Crab fundraiser, new bus fareboxes and more

Michele Ellson

Image courtesy of AC Transit.

The Second Annual Crab Fest “Fun” Raiser, a fundraiser for the Alameda Point Collaborative’s teen and education centers, takes place on February 28 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club, 641 W. Redline Ave., Alameda Point. Tickets for the adults-only event are $50 each, and are available by contacting or sending checks made out to Local 689 to P.O. Box 727, Alameda, Calif. 94501. The event’s special guest is California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:30 p.m., and the ticket includes crab, pasta, salad, bread, dessert and coffee. The event will also include a no-host bar with wine and beer, a raffle auction and dancing to DJ Richard from A Sound Explosion. The event is co-sponsored by the Alameda Education Association, Alameda Firefighters Association and the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 5.

Riders on local AC Transit lines are being greeted by brand-new fareboxes. The East Bay bus agency is the first in the country to install the new GFI Fast Fare boxes, which replace the 14-year-old boxes that it had been using. The boxes have separate slots for bills, coins and AC Transit tickets; transfers from BART, Capitol Corridor and ferry riders must be handed to drivers, along with orange, 25-cent transfer tickets. Clipper card users will continue to use the dedicated reader for their cards. The boxes are expected to be installed on all of AC Transit’s lines by the end of January.

The City Council will consider certification and approval of a list of Alameda Point planning documents on Tuesday. The list includes an environmental impact report, zoning changes, an amendment to the city’s general plan so that it is consistent with the city’s current development plans for the Point and a plan for constructing $650 million in roads, utilities and sea level rise protections. The goal of approving the documents is to speed the flow of development of the former Naval air station. The documents are available on the city’s website, and the council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Alameda County’s Clean Water Program is accepting proposals for school outreach programs designed to teach children to protect San Francisco Bay, creeks and wetlands from litter. The application deadline is March 17, and information packets are available online. Nonprofit, for-profit and government organizations can apply for grants of between $10,000 and $125,000 per project per school year for up to four years of services designed to raise awareness and reduce littering behavior in students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Services can include school assemblies, presentations and hands-on activities in the classroom, field trips, outdoor research and restoration projects, and after-school programs, the grant program’s organizers said. Programs would take place between the 2014-15 and 2017-18 school years. Information about free programs is here.