Weekly Newsletter • May 6, 2022
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Welcome to this week’s issue of the Alameda Post newsletter!
This week’s articles include Liz Williams’ story about rent increases at Barnhill Marina, Karin K. Jensen on the Draft Housing Element update, Liz Barrett takes you for classic cars and coffee at Greer Mortuary, and Mayor Ashcraft invites you to volunteer to shape the city’s future. Also featured is the latest installment of retired firefighter Dave LeMoine’s memories of growing up in Alameda and becoming an Alameda firefighter.
Don’t forget to listen to episode two of the Alameda PostCast, available in all podcast players or by asking your smart speaker to “Play the Alameda Postcast podcast.” And please enjoy these photos from our April 30 tour of Victorian-era architecture of the West End.
The Railroad Town of Alameda
Join us us to explore Alameda’s role as a railroad town. Tours are led by award-winning historian and Alameda Post Editor Dennis Evanosky.
Saturday, May 14. The narrow-gauge South Pacific Coast Railroad arrives. Meet at the fountain at the intersection of Encinal Avenue and High Street.
Saturday, May 21. Alameda’s Belt Line railroad. Meet in the public parking lot across from the entrance to Jean Sweeney Open Space on Atlantic Avenue.
Saturday, May 28. A. A. Cohen brings the transcontinental railroad to town. Meet by the entrance to the gas station in the Nob Hill parking lot on Blanding Avenue. (Originally scheduled for May 7).
Visit our tour information page at AlamedaPost.com/Tours for details of upcoming tours throughout the summer.
The View From Barnhill Marina
Liz Williams shares the story of life in Barnhill Marina as City Council steps in to protect the floating home residents after new owners tripled their rent.
General Plan and Draft Housing Element Update Debated
Karin K. Jensen reports on City Council's debate of the General plan and Draft Housing Element. Alameda City Charter's Article 26 has been deemed unenforceable by the state.
After a draft of a Supreme Court opinion was leaked that portends Roe v. Wade being overturned, Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Councilmembers John Knox White and Tony Daysog, City staff, and other Alameda residents gathered on the steps of City Hall. They expressed their solidarity with people across the country who support women’s rights to essential health care and reproductive freedom, as well as voting rights, civil rights, and LGBTQ rights for all. Photo by Jose Lim.
Cars and Coffee… at the Mortuary?
Every month, Alameda Crankers Car Club and Greer Family Mortuary present 'Cars and Coffee' to benefit Alameda Meals on Wheels. Liz Barrett reports.
Alameda Boards and Commissions Need You!
Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft invites you to volunteer to serve on one of a dozen Alameda boards and commissions to help shape the city’s future.
Birds and the Bees — Bear’s-Eye View
Mouf and his human companion Jeff Cambra investigate Alameda's birds, bees, and butterflies and their propagation strategies.
Fourth-Graders Publish "Anti-Bias ABC's"
Ryan Brazil's fourth-grade class at Love Elementary school has authored, illustrated, and published an "Anti-Bias ABC's" book.
Joseph A. Leonard Mansion — Today’s Alameda Treasure
Steve Gorman writes about the Joseph A. Leonard Mansion which still stands today on Union St. as a monument to the man for whom Leonardville was named.
Objections — Letter to the Editor
Paul Foreman of ACT writes a rebuttal to Andrew Thomas' editorial about Alameda's Housing element requirements.
Memories of Bay Farm Island
Retired Alameda firefighter Dave LeMoine grew up on Bay Farm Island in the 40’s and 50’s, before he joined the Alameda Fire Department in the 60’s. He has shared his memories with the Post to serialize. New installments are posted every Friday.
Old Fire Stations
This week's installment of Dave LeMoine's memoirs includes appreciation of Bill "Binks" Anderson and old Station Three on Pacific and Grand.
Upcoming Events / Community Calendar
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