Alameda Council Considers Guaranteed Basic Income Program


On Tuesday, Alameda City Council will consider whether to implement a Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) pilot program designed to help Alameda’s most vulnerable residents who are disproportionately impacted by a wide range of financial challenges.

GBI programs provide a fixed monthly cash payment to a defined population of residents. These programs differ from other financial aid programs in that they are unconditional, unrestricted, and include regular payments for a certain period. This flexibility allows recipients to make their own spending decisions that best meet their basic needs.

There are nearly 100 GBI pilot programs in the United States, including Oakland and San Francisco. The City of Stockton’s pilot program, launched in 2019, is one of the best-known examples in the country. The Stockton program demonstrated increased financial stability among recipients compared to a control group.

At a previous meeting, the Alameda City Council requested a report on the development of a GBI program. In response, city staff will present the pilot program options at the council meeting on Tuesday. To view the agenda for this meeting, register to attend online via Zoom or read the staff report on the GBI pilot program, visit agendas.

Bicycle festival on May 22

Join the City of Alameda at the annual Alameda Bike Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 22. All are welcome to this family event offering non-stop entertainment to inspire, educate and encourage cycling.

The festival will take place at Bay Farm School, 200 Aughinbaugh Way on Bay Farm Island in Alameda. For more details, visit online.

— city of Alameda

Kiwanis Club Hosts Recent Eighth-Grade Student Awards

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda hosted the 24th annual Hope of America Awards on May 4 at the Alameda Elks Lodge. The evening dinner honored nine eighth graders and their teachers from Alameda schools across the island.

Teachers nominated deserving youth in March and April, based on criteria based on Kiwanis’ Community Outreach Mission: Leadership, Peer Relations, Community Service and Character. Academics were taken into account, but the day-to-day decisions and actions of the student were more important. Is this youngster the one helping a classmate who seems isolated, confused, looking for encouragement? How does this student lead others to be more kind and responsible? The nine laureates demonstrated these qualities very clearly, in the opinion of the seven-member evaluation committee.

Families of the winners watched as Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft presented personalized mayoral certificates to each student, while Kiwanis President Donna Marie Ferro presented Hope of America plaques. Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi, accompanied by District School Board Chair Jennifer Williams, also spoke.

After a difficult post-pandemic year, it was heartening to recognize students and teachers for their efforts to improve school communities. In honor of the recently deceased Gene LaFollette, a longtime Kiwanian and former emcee for years at this event, a minute of silence was observed for LaFollette.

— Kiwanis Club of Alameda

Hornet Hosts The Island’s Second World Goth Day Festival

The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum will host the World Goth Day “Above the Waves” festival from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 21. The second annual island celebration will return aboard the famous haunted USS Hornet!

Come draped in your best black as you enjoy gray ghost tours, shop in a gothic and bizarre market, and take in phenomenal views of San Francisco Bay from the flight deck above. For tickets or more details, visit

—USS Hornet

AEF Virtual Salute to Education 2022 scheduled for May 19

It’s been another tough year, but Alameda Public Schools continues to do an amazing job with a variety of imaginative student support projects. The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) will showcase its work during our 2022 Virtual Education Tribute from 6-7:30 p.m. on May 19.

Each Alameda Public School will recognize an achievement that impacted students this school year. A volunteer from each school will also be honored. Guests will have the opportunity to see the magic that happens in our schools, even during a pandemic, and to be inspired by the innovation, resilience, and creativity of Alameda Schools students, staff, and teachers.

Prior registration on Zoom is required. To do this, visit online.


Watch “Island City Waterways: Uprooted” May 21-22

Returning for a third year and presented in partnership with the City of Alameda, the popular, traveling arts event “Island City Waterways: Uprooted” will bring to life a new chapter in Alameda’s history through music, dance, theater and storytelling from May 21 to 22 with four performances each day.

“Island City Waterways: Uprooted” is the third in a series of site-specific dance, theater and music performances that celebrate the history of Alameda’s unique waterfront. It will tell the story of Alameda Point, from the rise of civilian flight to its time as a naval air station during four wars, to becoming land repurposed to fulfill the promise of a community’s future.

A cast of 35 actors, dancers and musicians, including ODC/Dance, 13th Floor, Akira Tana Trio and Maze Daiko, will lead the audience on an easy walk around Alameda Point’s West Mall plaza for an immersive 75-minute performance that will take them on a journey from the wings of war to the wings of peace and from boot camp to WWII internment camps.

Along the way, the public will be invited to watch a 1930s pilot air race from the beginnings of aviation, take part in a swing dancing lesson and watch a finale, complete with the full cast of artists , including nine taiko drummers, which honors the resilience of the human spirit. For more details, visit the Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) website at


See performances of ‘The Keeper’ starting May 27

San Francisco theater company We Players has announced that its new production – “The Keeper” – will be performed at Alameda Point in May and June. This solo show on the city’s West End about a female lighthouse keeper stars artistic director Ava Roy as the keeper and is a collaboration between Roy and We Players associate producer Britt Lauer. Inspired by historical figures and including passages and quotes from literature, the screenplay is an original play written by Roy and Lauer.

Somewhere in the abyss of sea and sky lives a lighthouse in limbo where Caretta Caretta tends and guards. At a time when so many of us are much more alone and isolated than we would like, “The Keeper” tells the story of a woman who chooses a solitary existence with one purpose – to keep the light.

This solo performance inspired by many true stories of lighthouse keepers explores the comfort that can be found in custom and the softness and ease in isolation. Joy and absurdity abound in this transformative tale about the power of practice and patience. As the audience follows Caretta through her days of caring for the light and her home, observing and learning the rules of this absurd place, they discover that the only cure for the creeping existential doubt is a magical solution. .

The play will be performed from May 27 to June 26 at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. For tickets or more details, visit online.

— We the players

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