Ellen Plotkin Mulholland grew up in San Bernardino. After earning her degree in journalism and English literature at the University of Southern California, she moved to London to write. In 2012, she published her first novel, This Girl Climbs Trees. She lives in Alameda and teaches at Will C. Wood Middle School.
The young adult fiction writer's second young adult novel, Birds on a Wire, is the saga of three close friends – Jesse, Matt, and Miguel – in the fictional Southern California town of Santa Niña. Kristen Hanlon talks to her about her books and what inspires them in this month's Q&A.
Alameda's City Council will move forward on expanded state and federal lobbying efforts, performance measures for city services and a proposal that could mean thousands in additional taxes for Alameda Landing residents. Here's what happened, in tweet.
Gamelan Sekar Jaya offers the music and dance of Bali to Alameda school students. Photo courtesy of Rhythmix Cultural Works.
The Rockefeller Foundation will be helping Alameda draft plans to bounce back quickly from a natural disaster. The Island was one of 33 cities from across the world and four in the Bay Area picked to receive grant money and assistance in creating the plans through the foundation’s new 100 Resilient Cities network.
City leaders may soon be asking state and federal lawmakers for more money to develop Alameda Point, construct bike and walking trails and equip the Island’s public safety forces, and on Tuesday they’ll consider hiring a former top state legislator to help make the city’s case.
A few weeks ago, The Alamedan posted this map showing 500 locations where the city will be repairing sidewalks, through the middle of next year. The map generated a number of questions about the city's repair program - most notably, how a broken sidewalk can get on the repair list.
In the 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote: “Whan that Aprille with its flours soote...” and laid down the structure of an argument that continues to this day. Was the person widely considered the greatest poet of his age a terrible speller, poor at grammar or just uneducated?
Alameda Rotary’s Interact clubs were designed to train future Rotarians – and to provide local high schoolers with opportunities to contribute to their community.
Once women enter middle age and are aware of aging, they initially feel empty and discontent. They tell themselves they should feel fulfilled at this time in their lives. Based on prior learning and expectations, they think that their accomplishments should have led to happiness.
The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 3 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.
The Alameda Food Bank's annual turkey distribution on November 26 was a smashing success. The food bank was able to distribute turkeys, fresh produce, and stuffing to over 435 needy Alamedans.