In 1961 the Alameda Unified School District built Lum Elementary School on “made land” — property that once lay beneath the waters of San Francisco Bay. Utah Construction had “made” this land in the mid-1950s when it filled in a portion of the bay to create South Shore. Four years later AUSD opened Will C. Wood Middle School on this same “made” land.
In a bit of irony, the school district hosted a meeting last Friday evening at the latter school to announce that it was closing the former school because the land beneath it was unstable.
Harbor Bay Landing hosts 19th annual Spring Festival
Last Saturday Harbor Bay Landing held its 19th annual Spring Festival with a strong Year of the Rooster theme. Organizers reported the largest crowd in the event’s history.
The festival packed color into the Harbor Bay Landing shopping center. Flowers and orchids were given away and most in attendance brought their own colorful lawn chairs to take in the multi-colored events that ran continuously like a cultural marathon.
In a groundbreaking ceremony held Monday, Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and city officials gathered to celebrate progress on complete restoration of the Historic Alameda High School (HAHS). As part of the ceremony, a front loader pushed down a portion of the fence surrounding HAHS. The retrofit and restoration, which was designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, will be paid for out of funds from the 2014 Measure I Facilities Bond. The project is expected to be complete by December 2019.
This year Alameda marked the 47th celebration of Earth Day with a gathering celebrating inclusion and diversity along the shoreline. Hundreds of Alamedans joined hands in a reprise of “Hands Across Alameda” last Saturday morning (above). A beach cleanup along Robert Crown Memorial Beach was held prior, and Earth Day festivities followed in Washington Park. In addition to the many informational booths set up in the park an outdoor aquarium exhibit courtesy of the East Bay Regional Parks District drew a lot of attention (right).
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Alameda Point healthcare facility and columbarium will eliminate about 12 acres of existing wetlands on the runways at Alameda Point. The federal Clean Water Act requires that the VA compensate the city for the adverse effects that this loss will have on its project.