Bay Farm residents have come to know and love two species of heron that also call their neighborhood home. Both the great and snowy egret nest on Bay Farm Island near the lagoons that provide the birds with the small fish they need to survive. As the larger of the two species, the great egret Ardea alba stands nearly three feet tall and generally weighs about two pounds. Its cousin, the smaller snowy egret, Egretta thula, weighs about half as much. Observers can easily distinguish the great from the snowy egret.
The scandal involving California State Senator Leland Yee last week also involves an Alameda resident. Hon Kueng So of Alameda was charged with conspiracy to receive and transport stolen property, according to the 137-page FBI affidavit in connection with Yee’s March 24 arrest. So is accused of allegedly purchasing “purportedly stolen liquor from an FBI” undercover agent.
Alameda Police Department (APD) Chief Paul Rolleri said he doesn’t know whether it’s gratifying or horrifying that officers in his department wrote 62 tickets in five hours during February’s pedestrian crosswalk sting.