Alameda Group to Host Forum on Internet & Information

The Alameda Public Affairs Forum will host a discussion focusing on the future of the Internet as a free source of information from 7 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, February 12, at the Alameda Free Library on Oak Street at Lincoln Avenue.

The event will feature Peter Franck, former president of Pacifica Foundation and former chair of the National Lawyers Guild Committee on Democratic Communications.

Additional panel members are Tracy Rosenberg, director of Media Alliance Net Neutrality, and Michael Eisenmenger, executive director of the Community Media Center of Marin.

According to the Alameda-based group, a recently issued Federal Communications Commission rule on Internet neutrality may restrict the Internet as a free and open forum and a powerful tool for democracy. In addition, Congress has passed a new law to permit communities to set up low-power FM radio stations.

Refreshments will be offered at 6 p.m., before the forum begins.

For additional information, reach Gretchen or Arthur Lipow, co-chairs of the group at 510-814-9592 or ArtLipow@aol.com


Cambodian Restaurant to Open on Alameda’s Park Street

There will be a new spot in town to enjoy, starting this Wednesday, February 9.

That’s when Ricky Doh and his partners will open Alameda‚Äôs first Cambodian restaurant: the Angkor Grill at 1319 Park Street and Encinal Avenue.

The restaurant’s ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, and is being hosted by the Park Street Business Association.

Angkor Grill will be a sister restaurant to Phnom Penh — which Doh has run in Oakland since 2004 — and Phnom Penh House in Oakland’s Chinatown, which has been in business for 25 years.

The eatery will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., with later closing hours on the weekends, according to Doh.

“I like Alameda very much and feel it has a good business community and good people. We are anxious to provide the community with high-quality Cambodian cuisine,” Doh said.

Angkor Grill joins a host of other popular Asian restaurants in the area that serve Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Japanese and Indian food.

It is named for Cambodia’s northwest region — the historic site of the Khmer Empire, which flourished from the 9th to 13th centuries.