Alameda’s Tuesday-Night Dinners Continue in July


The Aeolian Yacht Club and High Street Station are taking a break from their Tuesday night dinners, raffles and charity fund-raisers next week.

After the July 6th break, though, the organizations are planning a special night on Tuesday, July 13, when the dinner is $10 for guests who aren’t yacht-club members (and $8 for members).

Guests should come to the yacht club, located at 980 Fernside Blvd., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for enchiladas. Up to 90 people will be served, and there will be cocktails starting at  4:30 p.m.

The charity to benefit from the event is Girls Inc.

Donations for the the raffle are greatly appreciated.
To RSVP, contact Susan and Lynda at High Street Station, 1303 High Street; 510-921-0911.

Also, if you’re looking for more events on the Island this July 4th, the Aeolian Yacht Club (founded in 1906) is hosting an open house, barbeque, picnic, party and more from 12 to 5 p.m. Funds raised at the event support the club’s community-service work.


Alameda Teen’s Killer Given Life Sentence

A jury found Oakland resident Quochy “Tony” Tranman guilty today of murdering 15-year-old Alamedan Ichinkhorloo “Iko” Bayarsaikhan at Washington Park on Halloween three years ago, reports Peter Hegarty of the Alameda Journal.

Tran, now 19 but 16 at the time of the crime, could face life in prison when a judge sentences him August 20. He was tried as an adult.

His attorney Anne Beles said there would be an appeal, since  “He was 16 at the time. He should never have been prosecuted from the very beginning,” she said.

Five other boys were convicted in juvenile court for their roles in the slaying at the park on Central Avenue on October 31, 2007.

After a botched robbery, Tran grabbed a gun and fired a single shot, hitting Bayarsaikhan in the back.

“This was a crime that tore the heart out of a community,” prosecutor Tim Wellman said Monday.

A native of Mongolia, Bayarsaikhan came with her brother and parents to Alameda six years ago. She was a junior at Alameda High School at the time of her death.

“My heart was shaking,” said Uranchimeg Khishigdorji, the victim’s mother, about the moments before the verdict was read. “If Tony was found not guilty, for the rest of my life I would be suffering.”

Certainly, she would not have been alone in her suffering, as the death of the Alameda High student pained Island residents for the past few years.

Many will anxiously await the sentencing some six or seven weeks from now.


Alameda’s Speisekammer Showcases World Cup

The Speisekammer knows how to appreciate the World Cup  – regardless of the hour.

The Lincoln-Avenue pub and restaurant lets patrons show up early — like at 7 a.m. — to watch the international soccer matches, which are being televized live from South Africa.  

And show up they are.

Saturday’s 11:30 a.m. match between the United States and Ghana brought at least 250 soccer fans into Speisekammer, which had several TV screens and one large projection screen available to patrons.

And Sunday’s 7 a.m. match between Germany and England was another popular event.

The tournament continues through July 11, so stop by when you can. 


Alameda Beach Slated as Venue for Offshore Drilling Protest

Oil washed up on Alameda beach last November at Crown Memorial Beach and other areas after an oil spill  due to tanker refueling problems. The spill led to beach pollution and closed beaches, and it also killed some wildlife and left dozens of birds covered in oil. 

Now, the nation is grappling with the widespread effects of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after the April 20 explosion at a deep-water rig owned by British Petroleum. The resulting pollution and other impacts have prompted some groups in Florida and other areas to organize protests against oil drilling.

 Hands Across the Sand will take place at noon Saturday, June 26, on Crown Beach in Alameda as part of a global protest and in support renewable energy development.

The event in Alameda is part of a widespread effort put together by the Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation and many other non-profit organizations.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 11 a.m. this Saturday.  At 12 p.m., participants will hold hands for 15 minutes in support of clean beaches and clean energy.

If possible, event organizers say, participants should walk or bike to the area.


Alameda’s Pro-E Team Vows to Keep Up School Support

The election results for Measure E aren’t yet official, but here’s how they stand:

Yes – 14, 415, 65.62%

No – 7,551, 34.38%

With 66.6% needed, the Pro-Measure E effort appears to be falling ever so short.

Voters sent in 22,029 ballots, representing 52.88% of all registered Alameda voters.

The results are quite telling: The very-close-to-a-super-majority of voters supports the Measure E school parcel tax, even with its defects and despite major economic hardship.

What the 47.12%, or 19,659 residents, believe about this important issue… we may never know. Certainly, their voices could have really made a difference for either side.

As the photo above (of a child near Broadway and Blanding) illustrates, groups pushing for the schools and more financial resources for them will try to re-group in the interest of furthering the educational goals of the community.


Alameda’s Measure E: Only 65% Say Yes

The Alameda County Registrar’s unofficial tally puts Measure E behind the needed 66.6% super-majority required to pass the new school parcel-tax measure.

The ballot count stands at 65.39% for the measure, representing 13,789 voters.

Those against, 34.61%, representing 7,297 voters, are likely to have defeated the measure.

Stay tuned for the official results, which won’t be available until Wednesday, June 23, after a few remaining ballots at City Hall are tallied.

Given the weak state of many family budgets and businesses these days, the pro-Measure E ballot count is fairly impressive.

However, a slightly less taxing measure, i.e., one that didn’t generally double previous taxation levels, could have garnered those extra 100 or so votes that would have made the difference.  

Hopefully, residents and school supporters can take such a lesson to heart.


Election Day for Alameda’s Measure E

The ballots for the hotly contested school parcel tax are due today, June 22, at the Alameda County Registrar of Voter’s Office: 1255 Fallon Street in Oakland.

Preliminary results we be posted online by the county registrar starting at 8 p.m. tonight, when pro-Measure E supporters will meet at Otaez Mexican Restaurant on Webster Street.

Please share any news on anti-Measure E events, if you can.

Some residents shared their anti-Measure E views recently by posting hand-made signs in their cars, which were parked at Alameda Town Centre.

On Bay Farm, a lot of the homes directly facing the San Francisco Bay have posted pro-Measure E signsin the past week or so, many with the “protect our home values” message.

While most Alameda residents and business want to support the public schools, many have mixed feelings about the size of the parcel tax and the way it is applied to commercial property.

Any bets? With the required 66.6% needed to pass, and the economy still hobbling along, this could prove to be a tough parcel tax for voters to swallow.


Alameda Social Club to Stage Second Event

In March, Sanford Marshall (left), head of the Wedding Coach and SanMan Productions, launched the Alameda Social Club at Pappo Restaurant in cooperation with the restaurant’s owner John Thiel (right).

On Thursday, June 24, the Alameda Social Club is hosting summer event from 6 to 9 p.m. at Barceluna, 2319 Santa Clara Avenue.

The group says, “There is no better way to refresh in the summer than with a tantalizing cocktail, and Barceluna serves them up as fresh as they come … Come mingle with fellow Islanders, enjoy a sampling of nibbles, groove to beats by DJ Dro, and cozy up to the custom built bar for a refreshing libation.”

The cost for attending the event is $20 and that includes snacks, a cocktail (White Sangria, Mai Tai or a glass of wine).

Some proceeds will be donated to Girls Incorporated of the Island City, and space is limited to the first 125 guests. (In March, the group supported the Alameda Food Bank.)

To purchase tickets, go to the group’s website.

Around Town:

Rooster’s Roadhouse at Grand Street and Blanding Avenue has a new paint job. The joint hosts live music on weekends and features a big jazz band on Wednesday nights.

The nearby marina area was hit with an odd robbery recently. Someone stole recording tapes from a security camera or two.


Alameda Coffeehouse Hosts Swing Dance-Class, BBQ

High Street Station coffeehouse, 1303 High Street, will offer visitors swing-dancing lessons tonight from 6 to 7 p.m.

The class will be folowed by dancing from 7 to 9 p.m and a barbeque dinner.

For $8.95, guests can enjoy chicken and hot dogs, macaroni, salad and garlic bread.

Call 510-995-8049 for more details.


Alameda’s Measure E Grabs National Spotlight

Jenny Turcinovic is putting Alameda — and the nasty Measure E-battle — on the map.

The New York Times did a June 11 story on what transpired when Turcinovic put up a “No on Measure E” sign up at her shop, the International Aria Market & Bakery, at Webster Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Now, the New York Times writer (a freelancer judging from his email address) starts off the story by saying that Turcinovic has had the shop open for years, while the Bosnian immigrant has really had the food shop in business for closer to a year or two.

Thus, Turcinovic may not have had any previous experience with such contentious Island issues (and attitudes) when she put up the sign, supplied by her landlord Steve Case.

Still, it’s sad to read that some pro-Measure E folks apparently got very nasty about Turcinovic’s take on the parcel tax.

The shop owner doesn’t feel that she has the money to pay for Measure E, while parents vocally let her know their view on the parcel tax: Alameda schools and students deserve more support — financially and otherwise.

And with tough times today for many families and businesses, it’s really a shame that Alameda leaders and residents alike couldn’t come up with a parcel tax that wasn’t so controversial. Of course, once it involves a tax, it’s generally an automatic controversy.

The nasty debate has made it very clear that we most need on the Island is a parcel tax that makes more sense to more members of the community, is less divisive and offers clear costs and benefits for taxpayers and students alike.

Maybe the New York Times freelancer, Gerry Shig, will come back and shed light on this angle of the Measure E battle before the looming June 22 deadline for voting.

If you want to comment on the NYT piece, go to the writer’s blogsite.