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My name is Mike Lano, and I’m going to be writing monthly about some of Alameda’s amazing history exclusively for The Alamedan. We’ll research (with new discovery thanks to Alamedans like Mike McMahon) in-depth pieces on Neptune Beach and South Shore, local celebs, Victorian history on the Main Island, our West End and the original Skippy’s Peanut Butter Jam – anything and everything Alameda.

This month, I met with Bay Farm Island historians Bob Perata, John Olivera, George Anthony, Bud Soares (descendant of Alameda’s Silva family) and Robert Cumming, all of whom are wealths of Island knowledge and nuance. They meet almost every morning over coffee to discuss Alameda history and current events. I took notes furiously as they were all very passionate about Alameda, often talking all at once like a hipper version of The View.

They all helped tremendously with the following story.

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We’re opening this week’s (slightly late) Campaign Column with some exciting news: We’re partnering with the Alameda Sun on a pair of candidate debates in September.

Schools leaders are seeking the public’s input on a plan to illuminate one of a pair of baseball diamonds at Will C. Wood Middle School.

The future’s looking bright.

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Alameda community. My name is Sean McPhetridge, and I am serving as the interim superintendent for Alameda Unified School District this school year.

This fall, Alameda voters will be asked to consider paying higher property taxes to cover $179.5 million in bonds to upgrade the Island’s schools.

Alameda Point Environmental Report blogger Richard Bangert was so impressed by "the beehive of construction activity" at Alameda Landing development that he snapped these photos.

Summer's almost over, so of course it's heating up around here - and promising to get warmer yet. Still, this weekend gave us a succession of great days in which to stroll and amble around, especially along Shore Line Drive.

A massive Canadian developer with tens of thousands of lots spread across North America and a group that includes some prominent Bay Area developers have been named finalists in the race to win the right to build a neighborhood of homes and shops at Alameda Point.

Since I became director of the Alameda Food Bank, I have been skeptical when anyone in our organization refers to our clients as “them.”

The Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 26 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.