Weekly Newsletter • July 15, 2022
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Thank you for reading this week’s issue of the Alameda Post newsletter. In this week’s issue, Karin K. Jensen reports on potential changes to zoning that could bring housing to shopping centers and exempt development along transit corridors, Richard Bangert with new name choices for the park by Seaplane Lagoon, affordable homes on Webster St., Youth Activists of Alameda marching for reproductive rights, and Dennis Evanosky tells about the electrification of the Alameda, Oakland, & Piedmont streetcars.
Scroll down to learn more about and listen to this week’s special edition of the Alameda Postcast, featuring Dennis telling the history of horsecars and electric streetcars in Alameda.
Alameda’s Innovative Streetcars Walking Tours
Saturday, July 16 – Advance tickets $15. Electricity powers Southern Pacific’s streetcars. Location Changed: we are meeting at Coffee Cultures, 1929 Park St.
Saturday, July 23 – Advance tickets $15. A walk along Fernside Boulevard, a right-of-way that the Southern Pacific Railroad built especially to accommodate the ‘Big Reds.’ Meet at High Street and Encinal Avenue at the fountain.
Our history walking tours are led by award-winning East Bay historian and Alameda Post Editor Dennis Evanosky. Tours starts at 10 a.m. and will cover a distance of one–three miles, depending on the location. Well-behaved dogs, strollers, and mobility devices welcome. Tickets may be available on the day of the tour, if space permits, for $20 per person at the start of the tour.
Visit our tour information page at AlamedaPost.com/Tours for details of upcoming tours throughout the summer.
Draft Zoning Amendments Considered
Karin K. Jensen reports that the Planning Board considered draft zoning amendments on July 11 to add a Shopping Center Overlay and a Transit Oriented Housing Waiver.
Seaplane Lagoon Waterfront Park To Be Officially Named
On July 14 Alameda's Recreation and Park Commission will choose a name for Waterfront Park at Alameda Point. The leading contender is “Seaplane Lagoon Promenade.” Richard Bangert reveals the other candidates.
Affordable Homes Coming to Webster Street
The Housing Authority of the City of Alameda bought the Hawthorn Suites hotel on Webster Street to convert into 50 affordable studio apartments.
News Roundup for July 15, 2022
Island Savoy Market prepares to open, first responders save baby, AMP rebates and energy scores, new public art, longer hours and $25 adoptions at FAAS, Bay Ferry 2050 survey, Coastal Cleanup 2022, and the Draft Equitable Building Decarbonization Plan.
YAOA Marches for Reproductive Rights
Youth Activists of Alameda (YAOA) marched from South Shore to City Hall in support of reproductive rights. About 120 people attended Sunday’s protest.
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Electric Streetcars Once Served Alameda
Dennis Evanosky takes you along as electricity transforms the Alameda, Oakland, & Piedmont streetcar line starting in 1893, putting the horsecars and their horses out to pasture.
Covert Road Closure Scheme Exposed! — Bear’s-Eye View
Mouf takes it upon himself to figure out why there are so many Road Closed signs on cross streets from Sherman to Park streets.
BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron Sub-Variants Now Dominant
Why are there so many new Omicron sub-variants, like BA.4 and BA.5? Will I be reinfected? Is the virus mutating faster? As long as the virus is circulating, we will continue to see new virus lineages and variants.
The Angel of Death, or a Night to Remember
“When time came for the zuccotto cake and Marsala dessert, Raquel was delightfully tipsy and silly. She reached across the table and fondled my face. ‘I’d love to embalm you,' she muttered.” Gil Michaels goes on a date.
Memories of Bay Farm Island and the AFD
Retired Alameda firefighter Dave LeMoine grew up on Bay Farm Island in the 40s and 50s, before he joined the Alameda Fire Department in the 60s. He shared his memories with the Post to serialize, and this is the final installment. We are deeply grateful to Dave for sharing his wonderful stories with the Post and our readers, and we hope to have more of them to share someday.
Mrs. Lane and Dave’s Last Day
A couple last stories from Dave LeMoine, featuring his Bay Farm neighbor, Mrs. Lane, her cats, a kitten named Fluffy, and his last day with AFD.
Alameda PostCast host Scott Piehler is on assignment this week; instead we present Alameda Post’s Editor and resident Tour Guy, Dennis Evanosky.
In this week’s special ten-minute episode, Dennis talks about the history of streetcars in Alameda, from the earliest horse-drawn cars that started in the 1870s, to the electrification of the lines in the 1890s, until the last Big Red ran in the 1940s.
This information and more makes up our July series of history walking tours, “Alameda's Innovative Streetcars.” We covered the horsecars during our July 9 tour, on July 16 we will talk about how the AO&P line electrified, and on July 23, we will walk along Fernside Boulevard, a right-of-way that the Southern Pacific Railroad built especially to accommodate the Big Reds.
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