The second annual Alameda Restaurant Week returns to the island as part of the California Restaurant Month campaign to promote California’s culinary experiences. This year more than 40 restaurants throughout the Island are taking part, with dozens of eateries located conveniently in Downtown Alameda. 

From Thursday, Jan. 17 to Sunday, Jan. 27, diners will support Alameda’s dining scene while having fun visiting local restaurants.

The new year started with a bang at city hall.

On Jan. 2, the City Council in a 4-1 vote decided to put a competing measure on the ballot that challenges the McKay Avenue Open Space initiative previously qualified by residents wanting to zone 3.65 acres of federal property near Crab Cove as open space. The Council also decided to hold a special election on both measures in April, which will cost taxpayers between $580,000 and $730,000. Waiting for the November 2020 general election would have cost just $25,000.


Well, it’s finally winter in Alameda. Such as it is. The winds blow, the rains fall and the daytime and evening temperatures drop into the 50s! My relatives and friends back on the East Coast are snickering, and well they might, but those who have to deal with sub-zero temps can’t appreciate the mild middle climate that we live in. Fair enough, too many people trying to move to California as it is.


“Women In Space & Aviation,” a special panel discussion with women working in space moderated by Sarah Cruddas, has been set for this Saturday, Jan. 19. This is an amazing look at women’s careers and history in the aviation and the space race.


The City of Alameda and the Downtown Alameda Business Association are interested in input regarding spending the $750,000 grant recently awarded to the city from Alameda County’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program, or HEAP, authorized by Senate Bill 850. This grant money must be used for emergency homeless services.

City staff has been asked to present ideas to City Council within the month. This is a promising opportunity to make a meaningful impact in addressing homelessness in the downtown district and on the Island as a whole.