Weekly Newsletter • July 29, 2022

Hi <<First Name>>,

While the rest of the country seems to be roasting in heatwaves, we stayed cool in Alameda this week. Except for Monday’s fire in the vacant building on West Ranger Avenue, things have been quiet. We have a report from Karin K. Jensen about amendments to the zoning at Site A allowing for more housing, and Liz Barrett writes about the Alameda Islanders Challenge, a stand-up paddle board race around the island. As well, we cover changes to the San Francisco Bay Ferry ticketing process and their new app, the City’s efforts to recruit a new City Manager, and a letter from our Mayor, and much more.

Please join me in welcoming Liz Barrett as our new copy editor! She has been writing feature articles about the community for the Post for several months now, including this week’s report on the Alameda Islanders Challenge, as well as the Afghan Refugee Center and the Island Savoy Market (the café is opening today!). Liz brings decades of experience to our staff as a writer and editor for a variety of publications, including SF Chronicle, SF Examiner, and Alameda Journal. We are lucky and grateful to have her guidance and deep knowledge of journalism standards.

Thanks for filling out our t-shirt survey last week! The results are clear, you like dark colored shirts and would prefer the script and logo. One person suggested putting the script above the logo, pointing out “I’d rather have people looking at my chest than my belly.” We’ll be announcing t-shirt sales soon!

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Aerial views of Clement Avenue and the former Del Monte, soon to be Alta Star Harbor

Carl Weingarten shared these aerial views from his drone. The photos show the new section of Clement Avenue clearly, including the intersection with Atlantic Avenue and Sherman Street. In the last photo, the Pennzoil property is visible, which currently blocks the last section of Clement from connecting across Grand Street. You can view them in greater detail on our Instagram.

Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout • August 1-6, 2022

The Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout hosts 40 juried artists for a week of painting tree-lined streets, stately Victorian homes, quaint shops, picturesque marinas, historic naval ships, as well as beaches, lagoons, parks, and San Francisco and Oakland skylines.

Included in the week’s events will be a Quick Draw on Tuesday, August 2 along Webster Street, where community members are invited to paint along with the juried artists. Then on Thursday, August 4 we will hold an off-island day where artists can explore San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. Thursday evening, the public is invited to bid on mini paintings from 4-6 p.m. at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts.

The week culminates with an exhibit and sale at South Shore Center, Alameda from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Included will be art demonstrations and live music.

More Information
the Alameda PostCast with Scott Piehler

Don’t forget to listen to this week’s episode of the Alameda PostCast hosted by Scott Piehler, brand new this morning. It’s ten minutes of your time well-spent, including interesting details and coverage not on the website. Visit our Podcast page to listen now, otherwise it’s available in all podcast players or by asking your smart speaker to “Play the Alameda PostCast podcast.”

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Adam Gillitt
Publisher, Alameda Post