Alameda Schools to Benefit from Beatles-Tribute Show


The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, is set to headline “All Together Now,” a benefit supporting Alameda public schools, from 6 to 11 p.m. this Friday, November 12.

The venue is Auctions by the Bay Theatre, 2700 Saratoga Street, Alameda Point.

Proceeds from the event will support music, drama, art and more in Alameda public schools, according to Vicki Sedlack.

In addition to the Sun Kings, “All Together Now” will feature DJ Pete Fletcher spinning oldies from the ’50s and ’60s.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door and include food and one glass of wine or beer, with more beverages available for purchase.

More information and tickets are available at online at the AEF’s website. 


Across the Estuary: Restaurant Updates


Tiki Tom’s still has a “Now Open” sign up on the other side of the Park Street bridge. But that’s all that is left of the place (though we’ll always remember the big inflatable green frog that once decorated its rooftop).

Over the last day or two, what remained of the restaurant — after a three-alarm fire on October 7 pretty well destroyed it — was completely torn down.

The remnants of a boat that burned in the fire are located nearby in two spots along the Oakland side of the estuary.


Given all the complaints Oakland residents had over noise at Tiki Tom’s, it would be surprising if another bar or restaurant went up there any time soon.

(Tiki Tom’s had been in business along the waterfront for just a couple years. It moved opened at the site when Pier 29 switched to its current location at Ballena Bay.)

In a positive development, a new waterway is expected to connect the estuary with Lake Merritt in about a year or so.

This means that Island residents looking for new spots to enjoy a nice meal or a special drink can paddle, sail or even motor over to the Lake Chalet in Oakland, for instance, and other nearby venues.

Thanks to Lake Chalet General Manager Todd Stillman for the update.


Alamedans Enjoy the Giants Parade – Part II


Today’s victory parade for the 2010 World Series champions attracted lots of Alamedans and other Bay Area residents, who got to the event by ferry, BART and other means to cheer for their favorite players.

When the parade ended, Alamedans didn’t have very long lines or long waits to get back to the Island by ferry.


Giants fans needing to get home on the Golden Gate Ferry, though, had to cope with much bigger crowds at the San Francisco Ferry Building.


Some of the Marin-bound crowd decided to take a break from the long ferry lines and relax by the statue of the Indian leader and peacemaker Mahatma Gandhi.


And, everyone returning home to the Island and other parts of the East Bay shared stories about their experiences during the parade, with some taking the opportunity to take a final photo or two.


And though parade goers weren’t quite as energetic leaving the Alameda-Oakland Ferry as they’d been when boarding it several hours earlier, most were very glad they participated in the big celebration.



Alamedans Enjoy the Giants Parade – Part I

A group of Alamedans and other East Bay residents headed across the San Francisco Bay on the Alameda-Oakland Ferry to enjoy the San Francisco Giants Ticker Tape Parade today.

They went, of course, to celebrate the Giants’ World Series victory over the Texas Rangers. And on the 8:20 a.m. ferry, revelers were greeted by the MSC Texas, a super-sized cargo ship owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, as it made its way through the Estuary toward the Port of Oakland.


The crowd on the Alameda-Oakland ferry was in a good mood, not only because of the planned festivities. Unlike their counterparts on the Golden Gate Ferry coming over from Marin County, the East Bay ferry riders did not have to deal with extra traffic, crowded parking lots or large crowds on the boats.


There were large crowds all over downtown San Francisco, though, as people from all over the Bay Area congregated along the parade route. There were no official estimates, but many spectators think that at least one million people showed up for the event.

As a result, it wasn’t easy to get very close to the players as they made their way through downtown, smiling, waving and — in the case of Barry Zito — taking pictures.


Alameda Election Results 2010: Gilmore, Bonta & Johnson

With votes at 48 precincts counted, Marie Gilmore had more than 6,700 votes, putting her in the Alameda mayor’s slot in 2011.

Alameda rivals and fellow City Councilmembers Frank Matarrese had 4,400, with Doug DeHaan in third place at 4,300.

In the City Council race, newcomer Rob Bonta picked up about 6,600 votes, while the current Mayor Beverly Johnson received some 5,700.

Councilmember Lena Tam, who’d been under investigatation earlier this year by the city, had about 5,500 votes. Thus, Tam looks poised to complete the last two years of Gilmore’s unexpired term on the council.

On the school board, newcomer Margie Sherratt had nearly 10,300 votes, while incumbent Mike McMahon had about 6,550.

So there’s a bit of the old and new in store for Island politics next year.


Alameda Elections 2010: Preliminary Results Coming In

The Alameda County Registrar’s count of mail-in ballots and about half of the Island’s precincts shows Marie Gilmore well ahead of Frank Matarrase, Doug DeHaan and other candidates in the mayoral race.

The City Council, however, is a much tighter race with Rob Bonta in the lead. Lena Tam and Beverly Johnson are (somewhat ironically) neck in neck for the second slot, and Jean Sweeney not too far behind.

The school board slots are tilting toward incumbent Mike Mcmahon and Margie Sherratt.

It’s still early, of course, and the county registrar’s website is being overloaded at times — so we’ll have to be patient.


Alamedans Votes on Election Day – At Last!


It’s been quite an election season — and it’s not over yet.

Polls close at 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, November 2.

We encourage everyone to get out and vote. Results will be begin being posted this evening at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters’ website, and some races may not be definitively decided tonight — if absentee ballots need to be counted.


A few last minute thoughts and developments: Some residents are getting calls, including this blogger, explaining that James Pruitt is not running on a two-man-campaign team with Clay Pollard; some signs around town are carrying both their names.

Also, keep in mind that every vote really counts with so many candidates running, especially for mayor. Plus, with developments and controversies, involving the Lena Tam investigation, Interim City Manager Gallant and SunCal, there could certainly be some upsets.

Finally, it seems quite possible that candidates most “tainted” by these controversies and the associated divisiveness may have trouble at the polls.

If this turns out to be true, the city could have an easier time than it’s had lately in resolving the most important issues at hand — namely tackling city and school district budget issues and finding new ways to raise revenue, including development at Alameda Point. If this prediction is wrong, the divisiveness could continue.

Either way, Island residents and their new city leaders will need to find ways to heal — and move on.