Distinctively marked “parking meters” to raise funds for the homeless will soon be installed in Alameda’s business districts. The engineer and inspector at Public Works have finished their assessment of the proposed locations and finalized the 20 sites where meters will be installed throughout the city. 

The new meters will be located away from regular meters in order to avoid confusion, and locations have been approved in compliance with accessibility and encroachment policies. 
Public Works anticipates installation by the end of May or early June.


The 19th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is in the record books! The Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) continues to be amazed at the dedication and hard work that is contributed by the many that continue to make this event a beloved family tradition. Everyone at DABA loved dancing, eating, singing, shopping and celebrating Mom with the community.

I’m pretty sure that the woman holding the small brown stool had a ponytail and was wearing a burgundy sweatshirt. The significant thing here is the small brown stool.  The woman was holding it as she exited the yard of my late mother’s house, about four hours into the day-long estate sale being run by George Gunn and his staff from Alameda Museum.

The small cottage on Clinton Avenue had held and displayed the belongings and treasures that had illustrated the last 61 years of my mom’s life, the years after she moved to the Bay Area and called it home.

Alamedans can take a four-week course that traces the development of John Lennon as one of the 20th century’s great song writers. The series of classes will cover the early days of The Beatles through their creative height and eventual decline, through Lennon’s tortured early years as a solo artist to his final album, Double Fantasy. The last  class will feature a special guest appearance by Drew Harrison of the Sun Kings.

The West Alameda Business Association is proud to annouce that Alameda Martial Arts Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West End’s Washington Park, 740 Central Ave. To mark the occasion, the International Chi Institute, 1532 Webster St. will present a demostration to the community free of charge.