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September 21, 2012

No Parking

Filed under: Alameda, Public Resources, Warm Fuzzies — Tags: , — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Taking a bit of a break from the questionnaires, I’ll start up again on Monday, but wanted to point out that today is Park(ing) Day!  For those that don’t know what that is, from the website:

Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

It’s a neat community event that happens worldwide on the same day to “take back the streets” so to speak.   Anyway, this year Alameda is getting it’s very first Park(ing) Day park — not without some skepticism from the City — thanks to the efforts of some intrepid Alamedans, but the biggest cheerleader has been Donna Eyestone, you can follow her here on Twitter.

So the details, today in front of Tucker’s Ice Cream instead of a parking spot you will see this:

Designed by Planning Board member and architect extraordinaire David Burton.

I love it, it’s simple and elegant and apparently uses all recycled and donated materials from The Reuse People, Ploughshares Nursery, Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Mueller-Nicholls Builders, and Urban Island Home Furnishings.

The construction will start around 7:45 a.m. and the parklet will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. so come down and get some ice cream at Tuckers and enjoy the parklet.

And, I’ve been keeping the Election 2012 page updated so keep checking in for more information about the candidates as they come up, I’ve been slowly editing and uploading video from the Alameda Democratic Club forums so you’ll find the video there too as well.   Apologies for the janky video recording at times, it’s been a long time since I’ve recorded video so I have to get back into the swing of things.  Just an update, the School Board forum was excruciatingly long and honestly if you just play this video  you’ll get the vast majority of the talking points from the majority of the candidates.   I’ll edit and upload those as well, the whole thing was just so long because there were so many candidates and so many questions.



  1. I don’t really get it, but what the hell. If it shakes people out of their trances, even if it’s just to ask “why?” it might be a good thing. Happy Friday!

    Comment by Denise Shelton — September 21, 2012 @ 7:23 am

  2. Just to update the park(ing) day activities, some photos here, here, and here

    Also, John Knox White captured a photo of an Endeavor sighting at the parket:

    Comment by Lauren Do — September 21, 2012 @ 9:13 am

  3. I just stopped by the Park Street Parklet — it’s really pretty and cozy and there were lots of friendly people hanging out. They even have a visiting backyard chicken!

    I think the hen should get some ice cream after a long day of hanging out on Park Street and the ice cream store should get to have the parklet out front permanently.

    Comment by Susan Davis — September 21, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

  4. I was going to go the Park Parklet but couldn’t find any parking. Look at that sentence, three ‘Parks’. A billion things have ‘Park’ in their name yet the one damned thing that had Webster Street in its name has just been hijacked.

    Where’s John P (L), he’s one of the inside honchos for the get together formally branded as the Webster Street Jam? We want some answers as to why some nincompoop, no doubt a BIG (L) type, rustled then skinned the brand right off our one single steer that had ‘Webster Street’ as its brand and replaced it with…get this: the ‘Neptune Beach Community Celebration’. Good god almighty!!!!!

    The brand that was worn with pride by our sweet little doggy has been change to one so damned long it’ll stretch from the poor heifer’s withers to her tail.

    Answers, I tell you, we want answers!

    Comment by Jack Richard — September 21, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

  5. Jack, us “inside Honchos” were gently replaced with the Chamber taking over the event. The name, and date were changed and now its no longer a West End kind of thing. I’m with you I think we got rustled and skinned. WABA has been neutered, unfortunately they don’t seem to have a voice any longer. Of course that’s just my opinion.

    Comment by J — September 22, 2012 @ 9:25 am

  6. need a name.

    Comment by John P.(L) — September 22, 2012 @ 9:26 am

  7. After thinking last night about the re-branding of the ‘Webster Street Jam’, the reasoning behind the change is beginning to fall into place. This Neptune brand is a precursor to a more insidious re-branding and it has to do with the Point.

    Remember, the VA intends to build a columbarium at the Point and re-naming the WSJ to NBCC will stay in place until such time as the columbarium is build then the name of the former ‘Webster Street Jam’ will change to the annual “Neptune Society Columbarium Commemoration”. Since new ashes will be heading to the Point each year, it will continue to be an annual event until we all transform into ashes.

    So, John P (L) will be passing out little ash samples to future residents of the Point at the yearly event instead of breaking up Jam squabbles between Adam and geriatric Eves.

    Comment by Jack Richard — September 22, 2012 @ 10:01 am

  8. Word has it that this Band is being booked and will be playing at the Webster/Central intersection:

    Comment by Jack Richard — September 22, 2012 @ 10:09 am

  9. The Neptune Beach era is a history we should be proud of and I am happy to see the re-branding of the Webster Street Jam.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 24, 2012 @ 7:02 am

  10. Yeah, well Neptune Beach was not Webster Street and it’s stupid to think having an annual event on Webster St. should have anything to do with Neptune Beach. Maybe they could have an exhibit at the Jam showing a picture of Neptune Beach but having the Webster Street Jam change its name to something that really has nothing to do with the Street smacks of elite munificent narcissism.

    Using the same logic, they should change the name of the Park Street Art and Wine Faire (notice the ‘e’ added to fair) to…maybe, ‘Societal Historic Integration Tradition’, you figure the acronym.

    Comment by Jack Richard — September 24, 2012 @ 8:38 am

  11. I’m just glad they stopped holding the “Jam” on or around Sept 11, a solemn day of remembrance. The “Jam” was an inappropriate celebration of that fateful day, & more than a few people had noticed & complained over the years. Thanks for finally correcting that egregious error, Mr.Russo!

    Comment by vigi — September 24, 2012 @ 9:31 am

  12. Actually Jack, The Neptune Beach theme is part of the Webster Street vision. The famous Neptune Beach Tower at the foot of Webster Street was the entrance to the Neptune Beach Amusement Park, and some of us would like to see it replaced. Also the Croll’s building located on the corner of Webster and Central is an important California landmark, and one of the remaining remnants of the Neptune Beach era.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 24, 2012 @ 9:57 am

  13. Sorry guys, I’m with Jack on this one. The main reason for this event is to help business on “WEBSTER ST.” Now if the event was moved to Neptune Beach then I could see the name change, but this is an “WEBSTER ST.” event.
    What if someone decided to change the name of the Park Street Wine and Faire( I like that Jack) to “The Historic Old Alameda High School Community Celebration”. Very historic sounding name, however I think you would have heard from the PSBA very quickly and been told to not interfere in their event. Vigi, I don’t think Mr. Russo had anything to do with the date change, but its good to hear you thank him.

    Comment by John P.(L) — September 24, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  14. John, I remember the discussions at the Webster Street visioning and many speakers wanted Neptune Beach as the new theme for Webster Street. I’m assuming that it all ties together as a way to draw more people to Webster Street. I’d be interested to see the larger plan for the “Neptune Beach Community” and how it ties into Webster Street.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 24, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

  15. Karen, there is really no”Neptune Beach community”, that is a name made up for this event. There is the West End and our main Street here is Webster St. I do remember that meeting and I believe what was discussed was a tower like the one that used to be at the foot of Webster and Central. It was probably called the Neptune tower. I would love to see a tower like that erected there again. It will probably get done right after we finish the new Bell tower that was proposed for city hall.

    Comment by John P.(L) — September 24, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

  16. John — no disrespect, but it could be if we vision for it. I see it as a way of changing the old narrative of the West End and attracting more people to the West End. Remembering our history, visioning and re-branding is a good start!

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 24, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

  17. John P

    Call all your old running buddies that the West End is now referred to as” Neptune Beach Community”.

    You just can’t make this stuff up. Funny Stuff.

    “West End Jam” now being spotted on milk cartons.

    Comment by John — September 24, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

  18. 11
    Vigi, maybe it would be better to have the Jam on 9/11. Shows how we celebrate life while the heathens in the Middle East kill, sodomize and burn for their celebration of that date.

    Comment by Jack Richard — September 24, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  19. Sorry Karen, 69 years in the West End, and I’m proud of it, I guess you just can’t teach old dogs new tricks.

    Hey, buddie what part of Alameda are you from?. who me, I’m from the ” Neptune Beach Community”!! your right John it just don’t work.

    Comment by John P.(L) — September 24, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  20. I’m a Pisces so I damned sure don’t belong to Neptune!

    Neptune, God of the Sea, is the ruler of Pisces. In astrology, Neptune is considered a planet of inspiration, dreams,psychic receptivity, illusion, and confusion. Neptune rules spirituality, and all things subtle. A youthful, and sometimes naive, spirit characterizes those with a strong placement of Neptune in their natal charts.

    Comment by Jack Richard — September 24, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

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