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

(510) 523-5955

West End Library to Host Climate Change Workshop
4/6/2016 2:00:00 AM UTC - 4/6/2016 3:00:00 AM UTC
788 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, CA 94501, California, 94501

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the West End Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave., will host a climate change workshop facilitated by the Sunflower Alliance Education Committee. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Educators from the Sunflower Alliance will lead an interactive workshop to promote the understanding of basic climate issues. Using large visual aids, developed in conjunction with climate scientists, and small group discussions, facilitators will help participants to understand essential concepts. Some topics covered include, why two degrees is such a big deal; what is meant by unconventional extraction; why extreme cold is occurring as the climate warms; what are tar sands; and what sustainable solutions exist to remedy the climate crisis.

The Sunflower Alliance Education Committee is a group of people who want to bring climate education to the general public. It includes teachers, writers, retirees, climate activists, and citizens concerned about the future and who believe that global warming is the most important and urgent issue facing the whole of humanity and all life forms that exist today.

For more information, please contact the West End Library at 510-747-7767.

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