Alameda News


New at the Art & Wine Faire for this year, the Salsa Stage at Park Street and Webb Avenue presented a third line up of performers over two days this past weekend including Mio Flores, above. Habanas Cuban Cuisine sponsored the stage located adjacent to the restaurant, and then donated a portion of its drink sales to Bay Area Community Resources. The street fair, held for the 33rd year, brought many thousands of visitors to the Island City to enjoy fun, food, drink and shopping along Park Street.


With a vote of 4-2, the Planning Board sent the plans for redeveloping Encinal Terminals off to the City Council, its final destination before Tim Lewis Communities’ North Waterfront Cove LLC, can begin redeveloping the property that played a pioneering role in the development of containerized shipping. This revolutionary system of cargo handling got it first West Coast use at a terminal on this site by Matson Lines in 1958. 


The City of Alameda is providing two discounted taxi programs for seniors and people with disabilities: Premium and Medical Return Trip Improvement Program (MRTIP). 

Vouchers for the premium program cost $1.50 each. Enrolled riders can use this service for different trips like shopping and doctor appointments. The premium program is available to residents of Alameda that are 70 years old or older, are enrolled with East Bay Paratransit and individuals are limited to a maximum of 30 premium taxi vouchers every three months. 


People walking, riding bicycles and in automobiles stopped in disbelief to watch a sailboat crunch into Bay Farm Island Bridge about 6:30 p.m., last Sunday evening. 

If the mariners aboard the sailboat were  hoping to alert a bridge tender to open the bridge, they were too late. According to a spokeman for the  bridge office at the Alameda County Public Works Department, the Bay Farm Bridge is tended on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., a fact not only clearly marked on the bridge, but something that mariners should be aware of as well.


Alameda once again did the nation proud with its display of patriotism and local flavor, presenting more than 160 entrants in the annual Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade. The 3.3-mile parade route was lined end-to-end with spectators on both sides of the street with very few gaps between them along the way.