Natel, a company at Alameda Point, is developing small-scale turbines that can harness water flow to produce electricity without a dam. Rivers have been harnessed for the production of electricity since 1882. That’s when the world’s first hydroelectric dam was built across the Fox River in Appleton, Wisc. But dams are costly public works projects with negative environmental consequences, including the flooding of vast watersheds and blocking fish migration.
The Alameda Race Violence Task Force and the Alameda NAACP Organizing Committee chose “Now is the Time” as the theme for last Monday’s 39th annual Martin Luther King Service Day celebration. Marchers gathered at noon at Haight Elementary School, where a movement is afoot to rename the school to better suit modern-day values.
Many in the community feel that the school’s present-day namesake, Henry Huntly Haight, who served as the governor of California from 1868 to 1872 and lived in Alameda, does not represent those values. (“Elementary School Renaming in Works,” Dec. 21).
Alameda kicked off the second half of 2017 in typical fashion: with the longest parade in the nation. (The annual 4th of July Parade spans 3.3 miles.) This year, more than 170 entries and 2,500 participants marched across town whilemore than 60,000 spectator cheered them along the route. As always, the celebration included floats, marching bands, 150 equestrians (and one zebra), dance troops, bands and classic cars driving dignitaries.