Health care district seeks board member

The Alameda Health Care District is seeking someone to serve on its board in the wake of the election of Stewart Chen to the City Council. Chen's resignation will take effect Tuesday.

Anyone interested in serving must submit an "Application Package" to the district by 5 p.m. Jan. 3. The board must appoint someone by Feb. 16.

For information go to at www.alamedahospital.org.

Storms damage Crown and Alameda beaches

Recent storms washed away more sand at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach and the adjacent Alameda Beach than compared to last year's storms, likely due to a combination of high winds and high tides, according to the East Bay Regional Park District.

Roads and other infrastructure also may be threatened if the beach erodes another 10 or 15 feet and sand is not replaced, the district said.

The district is now seeking additional funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and it aims to work with the agency and the California Boating and Waterways Department to undertake a multimillion dollar sand replacement project next year.

The beach was restored in early 1982 with sand from San Francisco Bay after previous erosion. For information, go to www.ebparks.org.

New Year's Eve gala set for USS Hornet

Live music, a silent auction and a midnight countdown are planned for the New Year's Eve gala aboard the USS Hornet museum.


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Guests can also view the fireworks above San Francisco from the ship's flight deck, weather-permitting. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and continue until 1 a.m. New Year's Day.

Opening the night's festivities will be the Swinging Blue Stars performing "A Tribute to the Andrews Sisters." The 3 O'Clock Jump, a swing band, also will perform and Jim Truesdale, a former Fred Astaire instructor, will offer free dance instructions. Some items for the silent auction, which will benefit the museum, can be viewed at http://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/newyear.

Tickets are $45 to $85 per person and include free parking. Food and drink are not included but can be purchased on board. For information and reservations call 510-521-8448, ext. 282.

Suspicious fire at American Oak

An early morning fire Saturday that damaged a restaurant and shut down a street just a block from City Hall is being treated as suspicious, officials said.

The fire at the American Oak restaurant, 2319 Santa Clara Ave., was reported about 6:16 a.m. after smoke tripped an alarm in an apartment above the business, police said. No one was injured.

After entering the restaurant, firefighters found the fire apparently had several points of origin, Alameda firefighter James Colburn said. Crews brought the blaze under control within about 10 minutes.

The suspect or suspects may have forced up a basement door to get inside the building, according to investigators. Damage was estimated at about $250,000 to the structure and $200,000 to the contents of the restaurant. The investigation forced the closure of Santa Clara Avenue, in the heart of the city's downtown.

Alameda Landing project reviewed

The Planning Board unanimously approved a development plan for Alameda Landing on Monday.

The project in the city's West End is expected to include 275 homes and four new city parks, as well as a shopping center with a Target store.

TriPointe Homes LLC will build the homes on about 22 acres at the site of the former Fleet Industrial Supply Center near Fifth Street and Willie Stargell Avenue. The overall site totals 77 acres.

Along with an apartment building of affordable housing, the development will feature 91 single-family detached homes, 79 two-story condominiums and 26 single-level apartments.

A design review for the homes will take place later. Catellus Development Corp. is the master developer.

The Target store is set to open next October and will serve as the anchor tenant in the shopping center.