Weekly Newsletter • July 8, 2022
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Welcome to this week’s issue of the Alameda Post newsletter, our twentieth, already! This week we provided exclusive coverage from the Fourth of July Parade, a celebration of Rhythmix’s soon-to-retire Executive Director, Tina ‘Bean’ Blaine, news that Measure B’s approval has been certified – providing $298M for local schools, and City Council voted to put a pay raise on November’s ballot to adjust Councilmember salaries to be in line with those of other East Bay cities.
We are proud to announce that we have joined the Alameda Chamber and Economic Alliance and the West Alameda Business Association. We have also applied for membership to the Downtown Alameda Business Association. We are very excited to participate in Alameda’s business community and look forward to getting more involved!
Alameda’s Innovative Streetcars Walking Tours
Our history walking tours are led by award-winning East Bay historian and Alameda Post Editor Dennis Evanosky. Join us as we trace the paths created by Alameda’s streetcars, which began in 1872 as a horsecar line and blossomed into extensive electric lines in 1893. While these cars were serving Alameda, the Southern Pacific introduced a state-of-the-art system that carried the Big Reds through Alameda and beyond.
Attend all three tours – Advance tickets $40 for all three, or attend individually:
Saturday, July 9 – Advance tickets $15. An imaginary ride on two of Meetz's three horsecar lines and a visit to Fassking’s Hotel. Meet at Union Street and Santa Clara Avenue. Tickets still available!
Saturday, July 16 – Advance tickets $15. Electricity powers Southern Pacific’s streetcars. Meet at Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue at the parking lot.
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.
Tour starts at 10 a.m. and continues until about 12:30 p.m. We 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.
Everyone Loves the Fourth of July Parade
Everyone agrees how much they love Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade. After a two year break, it means more than ever to the community. Liz Barrett asks Alamedans why. Plus, exclusive coverage of protests at the parade.
Photos from Monday’s parade by Maurice Ramirez
Video celebrating horses and riders from equestrian entries
Salary Increase for Council on November Ballot
Karin K. Jensen reports that on July 5 City Council voted to submit a measure for the November 8 ballot asking voters for a salary increase from $1,200 to as much as $26,000 per year.
Celebrating Tina ‘Bean’ Blaine
Alana Dill wrote a celebration of Tina ‘Bean’ Blaine, who is moving on to new adventures from being the Executive Director of Rhythmix Cultural Works at the end of July.
Measure B School Bond Passes
The YES on B committee released a victory statement on Wednesday. Measure B, the school bond measure on the ballot in the June 7, 2022 primary, was approved by over 56% of Alamedans who voted. The vote was certified by Alameda County on Thursday.
Alameda Chamber Foundation Awards 15 Scholarships
The Alameda Chamber Foundation awarded scholarships totalling $33,000 on June 30. Graduating EHS Senior Henry Mills won the $5,000 Wilma Chan Scholarship. 14 others were awarded $2,000 each.
Art Fair and Maker Market
We stopped by Sunday’s Art Fair and Maker Market where over 70 artists sold work and had demos. There were also featured performers, and the City had a booth with VR to solicit feedback about public art.
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Experience Alameda's Horsecar Era This Saturday
Dennis Evanosky shares more details about the horsecar lines that ran through Oakland and Piedmont, as well as Alameda, in the late 1800s, until electrification changed the game.
Alameda: ROAD CLOSED — Bear’s-Eye View
Mouf loves the decorations and is ready to enjoy the July Fourth Parade, but reminds you how sensitive pets are to fireworks.
Nothing Screams Summer Like Refreshing Watermelon
Denise Lum extols the virtues of watermelon. It’s a healthy way to hydrate in hot weather; low carb and no fat, it contains vitamins A, C, & B6, as well as lycopene and potassium.
My Last Faire Sausage, or the Aspiring Vegan
Jeff Cambra explains how he chose a primarily vegan diet, and the struggles to avoid meat and animal products.
Happy Birthday Thrifty Kitty!
Thrifty Kitty was opened by Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) last year, with a mission to increase their support and care for animals in need.
Housing Conundrum – Letter to the Editor
Paul Beusterien wrote a letter to the Editor to encourage City Council to reject the 2,500-acre upzoning portion of the Housing Element.
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 has shared his memories with the Post to serialize. We post new installments every Friday.
Shots Fired — Officer Down
Alameda Police Officer Robert J. Davey, Jr. was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1983. Dave LeMoine was on the scene.
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
The Beauty Around Us Reception – Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Fri. July 8, 6 p.m.
Webster Street 2nd Friday Art Walk – Al Fresco Dining Park, Fri. July 8, 5 p.m.
West End Mercantile – Al Fresco Dining Park, Sat. July 9, 10 a.m.
Words That Made the Difference: Brown vs The Board of Education – Altarena Playhouse, Sat. July 9, 8 p.m., Sun. July 10, 2 p.m.
Our community calendar is located at AlamedaPost.com/Events. If you’re interested in posting your own events, register at AlamedaPost.com/Submit-Event.
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