Weekly Newsletter • June 10, 2022

Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to this week’s issue of the Alameda Post newsletter. Articles this week include election results from a disappointing turn-out for the June Primary and what looks like a narrow defeat for Measure B, a visit from Barbara Lee, the story of how Alameda became an island, a return to indoor masking for Alameda County, and much more.

Updates about the Alameda Post

Thank you for being one of our readers and supporters. We are grateful for your enthusiasm and engagement with us as we have been starting up. We continue to grow and things are getting exciting here at the Alameda Post as we start to join forces with the community and like-minded organizations to expand our resources. We have news this week on several fronts we would like to share with you!

Many of you have asked if you can send in contributions, and until now we have put you off. We are planning a robust membership program to create a community to support our local independent journalism. We intend to offer plans similar to what NPR and PBS do with their fundraising, but we need staff to administer that program first.

Before we can create our membership program, we do need your donations. Although we cannot provide you with the ability to deduct contributions made directly to us from your taxes right now, once we are granted nonprofit status by the IRS, your contribution will become tax deductible retroactively. We will let you know if and when that happens, or if we are not approved.

We welcome contributions of all amounts. If you would like to support our efforts, please visit our secure online donation page at to make a contribution via credit card, and we thank you very much for your support.

Our next piece of big news is that Alameda’s West End Arts District has agreed to support us by serving as our fiscal sponsor until our nonprofit status is approved. Their board determined that our missions as nonprofits were aligned and they appreciate the work we are doing to support the arts community and the general community. We will target larger sponsors and businesses so that we can raise sufficient operating capital in fewer transactions and not overtax WEAD’s resources. We are deeply grateful for their willingness to work with us, and look forward to supporting their valuable programs via our fundraising efforts.

Finally, our other big news is that we have been accepted for membership in the Institute for Nonprofit News, an organization which supports independent journalists and news publications like ours. According to their site, “The Institute for Nonprofit News strengthens and supports more than 360 independent news organizations in a new kind of news network: nonprofit, nonpartisan and dedicated to public service… connecting communities, holding the powerful accountable and strengthening democracy.” We are excited to be a part of this powerful network and we look forward to growing and providing better coverage for Alameda with their support and guidance.

Our new partnerships with our community, the West End Arts District, and the Institute for Nonprofit News will help us become a better news organization. We look forward to expanding our coverage, increasing our range of offerings, and reaching out to include more Alamedans.

Alameda’s Changing Shoreline

June’s history walking tours will focus on Alameda’s changing shoreline. We’ll see how Alameda became an island city, learn about Alameda’s baths and Neptune Beach and see how Utah Construction created a new South Shore and transformed Bay Farm Island. Tours are led by award-winning historian and Alameda Post Editor Dennis Evanosky.

  • On Saturday, June 11 – $15 Alameda becomes the Island City. Learn about the Oakland Estuary construction from 1874-1902, Brooklyn Basin, and the Tidal Canal. Meet at the Bridgeside Shopping Center at Broadway and Blanding Avenue at 10 a.m. Tickets are still available.

  • Saturday, June 18 – $15 Alameda’s Baths of the late 19th century and Robert Strehlow’s Neptune Beach in the early 20th century. Meet at Central and McKay Avenues.

  • Saturday, June 25 – $15 Utah Construction and the creation of South Shore in the mid-1950s. Meet at Otis Drive and Grand Street.

  • Or join us for all three tours for $40.

Starting with our June 11 tour, tours will start at 10 a.m. and continue until about 12:30 p.m. We will cover a distance of one – three miles, depending on the location. In most cases tours begin and end at the same location, but attendees will be notified if that is not the case. 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 for details of upcoming tours throughout the summer.

Tours and Ticket Info

Memories of Bay Farm Island and the AFD

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.

Don’t forget to listen to this week’s episode of the Alameda PostCast, which was released 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.”

Upcoming Events / Community Calendar

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Thank you again for supporting independent and nonprofit Alameda news!


Adam Gillitt
Publisher, Alameda Post