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- With the petering out last night, the forecast calls for sun all week. That should be welcome news to construction crews who have been struggling through . Check this Caltrans page for advisories on any traffic delays from that work. Meanwhile, note that the (the one leaving Alameda) will be closed tonight (Monday) from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. And the Webster Tube, coming from Oakland, will be closed Tuesday night, same hours.
- Alameda’s City Council met Saturday in a lengthy closed session to discuss which of should get the job, resulting in a cryptic public announcement that, in the end, the council “gave direction to staff.” Meanwhile, the council for a special meeting to discuss the city’s general fund (on the third floor rather than in chambers, so not televised).
- This week’s public life includes the meeting tonight (Monday) on the for a change, and with a Mexican flair, upstairs at restaurant; the panel will consider two beauty salon applications for Webster Street. Afterward the board will have a joint meeting with the Economic Development Commission to talk about implementing the overall vision for Webster Street. Also tonight, the holds a special closed meeting on labor matters and the superintendent’s review. The includes a boundary change to reduce overcrowding at . Meanwhile, members of the school board and City Council will to discuss a long list of issues of shared concern, including joint use agreements for pools, parks, fields and . (None of these meetings will be televised, as they’ll be held in rooms other than City Council chambers.)
- Local author Novella Carpenter will be at the Thursday to , her saga of creating an urban farm on an abandoned Oakland lot. Limited to 100 attendees, so come early for a good spot (starts at 7 p.m.).
- Patch is a full-service multimedia kind of place, and this week we offer a variety of items of visual interest. These include a new chili cook-off video, at the , and this fun detailing some of the charms of Alameda’s West End.
Plan ahead: Who knew there was a Habitat for Humanity warehouse on Alameda Point? It holds stock for Habitat’s ReStore in San Leandro, and is this weekend, starting Friday afternoon, with lots of construction materials available.