Feature Articles


A workshop has been set for the public to discuss community concerns related to speeding and safety while walking, bicycling and driving on Otis Drive between Westline Drive and Willow Street. The City of Alameda will host the meeting that will also discuss ideas for safety improvements and traffic calming.

The workshop will take place Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wood Middle School multi-purpose room at 429 Grand St.


All meetings are scheduled to take place at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Council Chambers, third floor unless otherwise noted. For more information see www.alamedaca.gov.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

Wednesday, Jan. 23

When Jean Sweeney Open Space Park opened on Dec. 15, 2018, members of Alameda Sangha, a local meditation group, dedicated a bench in honor of one of their founding leaders, Pauletta Chanco, who died in June 2017. The Buddhist meditation group (or sangha) has met in the Buena Vista United Methodist Church since July 2010. Meetings are held Sunday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Chanco helped start the sangha because she loved Alameda and wanted to have a place to meditate with others here on the Island. The sangha also purchased the bench to support Alameda parks, which Chanco loved.

Beginning Feb. 1, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) welcomes girls, ages 11 to 17, to fully participate in all scouting activities including: camping, high adventure, earning merit badges and the Eagle Scout rank (the highest awarded in BSA). On Jan. 5, several groups of Alameda girls and adult volunteers eagerly filled out applications to start Scouts BSA Troops, formerly known as Boy Scout Troops. Girls, ages 7 to 10, are already welcome to join Cub Scouts.

The Sea Scouts — the specialized program organized to help young people learn boating skills and promote knowledge of maritime heritage — maintains a ship for the scouts to use, the SSS Sea Fox. Sea Scout units, called “ships,” focus on sailing and cruising either sailboats, power vessels or paddle sports. To keep the Sea Fox afloat and available for training, the scouts need community support.