New businesses coming to Alameda Landing

Famous Dave's Barbecue, the Habit Burger Grill, Unleashed by Petco and Sleep Train will open at Alameda Landing, city officials have announced.

The announcement follows Mayor Marie Gilmore and Darrell Doan, the city's economic development manager, meeting in May with retailers and brokers during the annual International Council of Shopping Centers RECON Convention in Las Vegas.

Famous Dave's Barbecue is a full-service restaurant that has won more than 700 awards, including the 2013 Best in the West Rib Cook-Off. The Habit Burger Grill is expected to open by Thanksgiving, and Sleep Train is set to open by the end of the year.

Following the same convention last year, Gilmore announced that Safeway and Michael's would co-anchor the shopping center with Target, which opened last October. In-N-Out Burger signed a letter of intent at that time.

Safeway and Michaels are set to open this October. In-N-Out is pursuing building permits and aims to begin construction in July, with a targeted opening by the end of the year.

American Legion Post 9 seeking new members

The American Legion is inviting veterans who have served during times of war to join Post 9, which meets at the Veterans Building at Central Avenue and Walnut Street.

Meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.


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Eligibility for American Legion membership is limited to honorably discharged veterans and current personnel of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Air Force who have served at least one day of active duty during times of conflict, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Firefighter to address Kiwanis on Wednesday

Alameda firefighter Doug Long will address Kiwanis at their weekly meeting Wednesday, when he will provide an overview of the fire department's operations. The meeting will take place at noon at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

Alameda Island Poets reading series July 2

Alameda Island Poets will feature two poets as featured readers at its monthly reading series on July 2 at Books Inc., 1344 Park St.

Judy Wells, who teaches writing at UC Berkeley Extension in a special program for freshmen and is a counselor and faculty member at St. Mary's College, has published 10 collections of poetry.

Dale Jensen, a native of Oakland who received his master's degree in experimental psychology from the University of Toronto, will be the other featured poet. Jensen's work has appeared in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies and he published and edited the experimental poetry magazine Malthus from 1986-1989.

The featured readers will be scheduled from 7 to 7:40 p.m. and an open mic will be from 8 to 9 p.m.

Boys & Girls Club offers programs this summer

The Alameda Boys & Girls Club is offering "Summer Brain Gain," a program aimed at helping students maintain their academic skills during the summer.

The program, developed specifically for Boys & Girls Clubs, consists of 17 one-week modules for elementary school, middle school, and high school students.

Each module takes a project-based learning approach. The activities range from creating sculptures out of found objects to recreating weather in a bottle.

"Summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing low-income children to fall further and further behind, ultimately endangering their chances of high school graduation," said Burny Matthews, president of the club's board. "We are committed to ensuring that Alameda's youth, especially those who need us most, graduate from high school on time with a plan for the future. That's why we are offering the Summer Brain Gain program to fight the detrimental effect of summer learning loss."

The Alameda Boys & Girls Club will also pilot-test "Summer Brain Gain: Read!" -- a 12-week summer reading program this summer. For information, go to www.greatfutures.org/braingain.

Youth program mixes basketball with STEM

For the first time, a program that combines basketball with science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM, is being offered to boys and girls in the East Bay.

Co-sponsored by the Alameda Recreation and Park Department and BallPoppers, the program will serve up to 100 fifth- through seventh-graders over five Saturdays.

Along with basketball training, the program will feature guest speakers, including Leone Patterson, basketball Olympian and CFO of Transcept Pharmaceuticals; and Dr. David Chang, chief orthopedic surgeon at Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center.

Speakers from the Golden State Warriors and UC Berkeley's athletic department will also take part. Speakers will emphasize the importance of sports participation and encourage the students to pursue careers related to the sports and technology fields.

"We see this as a first step for the Alameda Recreation and Park Department in offering a unique sports and STEM program to the youth from our surrounding communities" said Dennis McDaniels, recreation services specialist for the park department.

Among those supporting the series are the Oakland Housing Authority, Girls Inc., the Alameda Police Department, Berkeley's King Visionaries Program and the Alameda Unified School District. Full and partial scholarships are available.

For information, go to: http://alamedaca.gov/recreation/ballpoppers.

Monday deadline for AUSD tax exemption

The deadline to file for an exemption from the Alameda Unified School District's Measure A parcel tax is Monday.

Under the terms of the ballot measure, the school district can grant two types of exemptions:

One is a senior citizen exemption, where the applicant must turn 65 years old on or before June 30, 2015, and own and occupy his or her property as a primary residence.

The second is a Supplemental Security Income exemption, where the applicant must receive SSI and own and occupy his/her property as a primary residence.

If you received the Senior Citizen or SSI Exemption in 2013-2014 and are still the homeowner and currently reside at the same address, you do not need to renew your tax exemption. It will automatically be renewed.

But if you sold your home and purchased a new home, you must re-file for an exemption for the new property.

For an exemption form, call SCI Consulting Group at 800-273-5167 or visit the district offices at 2060 Challenger Drive.

City Public Utilities Board adopts budget

The city's Public Utilities Board approved Alameda Municipal Power's $62.4 million budget for fiscal year 2015 on June 23, when the board also approved a transfer of $2.8 million to the city's General Fund.

The budget reflects the priorities set by the board through its adopted strategic plan, the annual planning workshop held in January, and the annual budget workshop held in April.

Major projects for the fiscal year, which begins July 1 and continues through June 30, 2016, include the continued refurbishment of the city's historic streetlights; continued work on the second electrical crossing to Coast Guard Island; implementation of a targeted metering solution for large commercial customers; replacement of two fleet cars with electric vehicles; and upgrades to transmission, distribution and substation equipment.

The budget also includes a new lighting rebate program for commercial customers; new residential energy efficiency programs including a special LED light bulb promotion; electric vehicle charging stations; and the conversion of most of the city's streetlights to LEDs.

For information, go to at www.alamedamp.com.