West Alameda Business Association
1509 1/2 Webster Street, Suite B, Alameda, CA 94501, California 94501

(510) 523-5955

Estuary Crossing Shuttle: LAST DAY OF SERVICE is JUNE 30, 2017
AC Transit Delivers Service to Riders at Higher Frequency

With AC Transit's restoration of Line 19 in the Northern Waterfront area and the modified Line 96 (formerly Line 31) in West Alameda, the Estuary Crossing Shuttle will end services on Friday, June 30. The City launched the Shuttle service six years ago to close the gap for Peralta Community College students attending both the College of Alameda and Laney College, as well to provide another option for people with bicycles to travel between west Alameda and Oakland.

These two new AC Transit bus lines now provide more frequent service, for more hours of the day, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. including weekends, than the Estuary Crossing Shuttle which only provides a weekday commute-hour service. Given that these bus lines serve similar destinations as the Shuttle, the grant funding which has sustained the Shuttle service would be very difficult to obtain going forward.

Current shuttle riders are encouraged to use 511.org to find a new transportation option. AC Transit's Line 96 connects Lake Merritt BART/Laney College, downtown Oakland, Alameda Landing, Marina Village, and the College of Alameda, terminating in Alameda Point. Line 19 connects downtown Oakland with Atlantic Avenue and Buena Vista Avenue and then travels to Fruitvale BART. AC Transit Lines 51A, 20, O and W also provide connections through the Posey and Webster Tubes.

People traveling with bicycles can hop on one of these six AC Transit lines, which run every three to nine minutes during peak times through the tubes. All AC Transit buses have front bicycle-racks which hold two or three bicycles.

In its six years of service traveling between west Alameda and Laney College/Lake Merritt BART, the Estuary Crossing Shuttle provided over 315,000 free rides, averaging 215 daily rider boardings, plus 33 daily bicycle boardings. The City is grateful to the transportation provider -transMETRO - and for all the grant funds received over the years. This service was made possible thanks to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Transportation Fund for Clean Air Regional Fund, Alameda County Transportation Commission's Vehicle Registration Fee for Transit, Metropolitan Transportation Commission's New Freedom Program, the City of Alameda's Transportation Systems Management/Transportation Demand Management Fund to which Wind River contributes, and the Alameda County transportation sales tax - Measures B and BB.

The City is actively working to develop improved options for people wanting to travel by bicycle between the west end of Alameda and Oakland. In the near- and mid-term, the City is engaging with AC Transit to explore several options, including allowing people to bring their bicycles inside the bus (immediately before the tubes) if the bicycle racks are full, encouraging AC Transit to move quickly to install three-bike racks on all buses serving Alameda, and allowing people with bicycles to ride for free through the tubes on the short trip between Alameda and Oakland. In the longer-term, the City is evaluating options for a water shuttle, a bicycle-pedestrian bridge, and improved tube crossings.

Further information can be found at www.EstuaryXINGshuttle.org
Accepting Consignments for new store coming to Webster Street
J Couture is coming to 1513 Webster Street with Fashion, Accessories & Consignment items this Fall. Beginning today, J Couture will start to accept consignments. Please send information to consignments@jcouturealameda.com.
Interested in the Façade Grant?
SpeedPro East Bay wants our fellow Alameda Businesses to know that we support the Façade Grant Program awardees! As you may know, the Facade Grant program helps businesses in the area of Webster Street Business District, Downtown Alameda Business District, and Historic Stations, improve their signage.  You could be eligible for 50/50 matching grants and when you're ready, we can help you spruce up your storefront. Whether it's raised lettering, lit signs, blade signs, window graphics, or printed exterior wall murals, we are your local small business sign shop! Give us a call for a quote at (510) 246-8643 and ask for Ed or Nicole. About the Yoga & Martial Arts photo: SpeedPro East Bay worked with this Facade Grant awardee to provide their raised lettering and back lit sign.  We also assisted with their front window graphics. City of Alameda's Façade Grant Program Re-opened for Local Businesses To be eligible for a façade grant, the commercial property must be located in one of the following areas: Webster Street Business District Downtown Alameda Business District Historic Stations (Grand, Mastick, Bay, South High St., Chestnut, Morton, Versailles, Willow, Fifth Street, Caroline, High Street North or Stanton) Retail buildings near gateways into Alameda For more information, please visit http://alamedaca.gov/business/facade-grant-program or contact Amanda Gehrke, Management Analyst, at (510) 747-6896.
Façade Grant Program Re-opened for Local Businesses
The City of Alameda has re-opened a popular economic development program to help local business and property owners spruce up their storefronts and improve the appearance of the City’s retail districts. Under the Façade Grant Program, business and property owners may be eligible for 50/50 matching grants for exterior painting, new awnings and signs, and other façade improvements. Past grantees include Phnom Penh House, Neptune’s, China House, and the historic Alameda Theatre, among others. Changes to this year’s program include: Increased grant amounts: up to $5,000 for signs and awnings; up to $10,000 for paint or historic and marquee signs; up to $15,000 for architectural improvements Quarterly application deadlines, to provide clarity and set expectations for the approval process A new signage promotion: starting in January, all signs will be eligible for 80/20 reimbursement (instead of 50/50) To be eligible for a façade grant, the commercial property must be located in one of the following areas: Webster Street Business District Downtown Alameda Business District Historic Stations (Grand, Mastick, Bay, South High St., Chestnut, Morton, Versailles, Willow, Fifth Street, Caroline, High Street North or Stanton) Retail buildings near gateways into Alameda For more information, please visit http://alamedaca.gov/business/facade-grant-program or contact Amanda Gehrke, Management Analyst, at (510) 747-6896.
Webster and Posey Tubes Closed for Life and Fire Safety Inspections
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced that it will close the Posey and Webster Tubes for life and fire safety inspections as follows: The Posey Tube, exiting Alameda, will be closed as follows: Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. Sunday, August 13, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. The Webster Tube, entering Alameda, will be closed as follows: Saturday, August 19, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. Sunday, August 20, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. Questions or information about the Tube closures should be directed to Eroluis Oseguera, Caltrans, Tunnels & Tubes, at (510) 286-3947.
Hot August Nights mixer at Alameda Landing
Free to all! Food, drinks and music by the TearJerkers for WABA's August mixer. Come join us! At the Courtyard next to SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza and the same street as Famous Dave's - Alameda, CA, Firehouse Subs Alameda Landing, See map here: http://shopalamedalanding.com/map Ages 21+ Co-sponsored by Vestar Property Management, we will be outdoors again at Alameda Landing for Hot August Nights on Wednesday, August 23rd from 5:30 to 8pm Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2029809347045021/
Proposed Changes Affecting Local Businesses
On September 19, 2017, the City Council will consider adopting a revised Alameda Municipal Code section 4-4 re: disposable foodware. The revised ordinance would require food vendors a) to provide straws to customers only upon the customer’s request, and b) to use reusable, recyclable, or compostable to-go food ware. This item’s legislative history can be found here and here.   Alameda food-vendor businesses will receive a mailer from Public Works in August inviting them to provide input on the proposed ordinance changes to the City Council at the September 18 meeting.   WABA is seeking input from members: Would you support or oppose the City of Alameda requiring that food vendors only provide straws to customers upon the customer’s request? Would you support or oppose the City of Alameda requiring that food vendors use to-go food ware that is reusable, recyclable, or compostable? Does your association board have any input to share on the attached ordinance revisions? Contact Liam Garland, Acting Director for Alameda Public Works, at LGarland@alamedaca.gov.
Join Mike's Paddle and Athleta for a Trunk Show
Everyone is invited to stop by Mike's Paddle for an exclusive look at all of Athleta's made for water and sun clothing collection. There will be snacks! If you choose, you can join Athleta Influencer and Mike's Paddle instructor Nicolette Tura for a specialty class on the water from 10am-12pm. If you join the class you will be given a special goody bag and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Athleta's beloved Pacifica 2.0 UPF 50 protected rashguard - Perfect for Paddleboard and being out in the sun! More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/251915411975694
Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood
80's party at The Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster Street, Alameda Cover $7; Doors open at 8PM