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July Fourth Parade Photos

This year’s Fourth of July Parade was full of color and sound and smiles this year. These photos capture the enthusiastic participants, from the 5K…

Everyone Loves the Fourth of July Parade

For some it’s a time to celebrate, for others, a time to protest. In a town where nothing is immune from heated debate, Alameda’s Fourth…

Housing Conundrum – Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: We have a housing conundrum in Alameda. Since the 2008 housing crisis, California has not built enough houses to meet demand. As…

Nothing Screams Summer Like Refreshing Watermelon

In the song, Watermelon Sugar, Harry Styles extolled its virtues as a metaphor for something he had an immense desire for. In the land where…

Alameda: ROAD CLOSED

Bear’s-Eye View of Alameda for July 3, 2022 Happy Independence Day weekend. The good news is that after a two-year hiatus, the City’s Fourth of…

News Roundup for July 1, 2022

July Fourth parade, no Measure B updates, APD finds body, and more. July Fourth Parade on Monday Alameda’s annual July Fourth celebration will start Monday…

The Fireboat is Sinking

Is That Water in the Cabin? September 1989 — Closing Day of Yacht Season This is part of our ongoing series of Dave LeMoine’s memories…

Alameda's Original Horsecar Lines

In the summer of 1869, the Oakland and Encinal Turnpike & Ferry Company began carrying passengers on a small ferry from the foot of Franklin…

Del Monte, Site A, Boatworks Progress

Planning Board approves Annual Reports of three major development projects. At its June 27th meeting, the Planning Board reviewed the annual reports from developers of…

Advice for the Class of 2022

Excerpts from Mayor Ashcraft’s commencement address to Alameda High School’s Class of 2022. Congratulations to the Class of 2022! On June 9, I attended commencement…

A Fourth of July Fireworks Fizzle

Here in the state of mind called ‘Geezerville’ the busiest street is always Memory Lane, especially on holidays like the Fourth of July. Stuck in…

“It’s A Hot One…

…like seven inches from the midday sun.” – Bear’s-Eye View of Alameda for June 26, 2022 These are some of the lyrics from Smooth, by Carlos…

Updated Masking Guidelines; OAK Noise; A Conversation About Housing; City Hall Landscaping

News Bites for June 24, 2022. County Masking Order Ends, City Strongly Recommends Masking Indoors Alameda County issued a statement today [PDF] announcing the end…

Local Reactions to Roe v. Wade Ruling

SCOTUS decision to reverse abortion rights condemned by elected officials. Today’s decision by the US Supreme Court to revoke women’s right to abortion by overturning…

Grand Street Resurfacing Project Approved

Approval includes amendment for ADA review, other amendments. At its June 22 meeting, City Council voted to proceed with the Grand Street Resurfacing and Safety…

Saving Six; Watch Your Head!

This is part of our ongoing series of Dave LeMoine’s memories of growing up in Alameda and becoming a firefighter. New installments are published every…

2301 Buena Vista Ave. – Today’s Alameda Treasure

The “Soda Works” Building. This story begins with encountering an old soda bottle in the Red Barn Historical Museum in San Andreas, a town in…

What Does Pride Mean?

For over 20 years, Pride has been widely celebrated in the Bay Area during June each year. But the month-long celebration only began in 1999,…

South Shore Rises

Learn how Utah Construction created South Shore, a whole new part of Alameda, in the 1950s. In July 1955, a large vessel appeared in the…

Whose Application Is It, Anyway?

Unanswered questions remain over controversial application to prevent McKay Avenue facility. As Karin K. Jensen reported in her June 17 article, McKay Avenue Facility Debated…

Water is Life

But I’d rather drink _______. How did you fill in the blank? Does drinking water come easily to you or are you like so many…

Pride, Clement, and Warriors All Continue

Bear’s-Eye View of Alameda for June 19, 2022 This was a big week in Alameda, and I will be the first to admit that I…

Juneteenth: Celebrations of Joy and Resistance

Many people will prepare to celebrate Juneteenth this Sunday. As the case with other federal holidays, the country will observe Juneteenth the following Monday by…

McKay Avenue Facility Debated at Housing Element Workshop

Spirited Planning Board hearing reveals concerns over Draft Zoning amendments. Update, Friday June 17, 4:50 p.m. This afternoon, the AAPS forwarded a letter they sent…
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