Alameda's announces plans for BART strike

Alameda officials have announced plans they hope will help minimize commuter traffic in the event that a BART strike takes place Friday.

The plans include free valet bicycle parking at the Main Street ferry terminal; a ferry shuttle that will loop through town's West End; satellite parking at the Chuck Corica golf course with a shuttle service to the Harbor Bay ferry terminal; and a Harbor Bay ferry shuttle that will loop Bay Farm Island.

Alameda police also will relax parking enforcement near both ferry terminals, except for flagrant violations such as blocking driveways, sidewalks, disabled parking or fire hydrants.

For details, visit http://alamedaca.gov/public-works/bart-strike. For updates regarding BART strike status, check http://alert.511.org. For San Francisco Bay Ferry information, check: http://sanfranciscobayferry.com.

Fire reported at boat docked near USS Hornet

Two people aboard a tug boat docked near the USS Hornet extinguished a fire that broke out in the pilot's cabin Sunday before firefighters arrived.

The blaze, which was sparked about 6 p.m. during welding, caused about $10,000 in damage and was confined to the cabin, firefighters said. No one was hurt. Firefighters checked for any hidden fire and used foam to cool the cabin and prevent the fire from reigniting.

Eighteen firefighters responded to the scene at Pier 3. In the wake of the incident, firefighters are reminding anyone working with equipment or tools that have the potential to start fires to keep a fire extinguisher close by in the event of an emergency.

Schools to host earthquake drill

At 10:17 a.m. Thursday students at the Child Unique Montessori School and the Montessori School of Alameda will join hundreds of schools and businesses across the state in the Great California ShakeOut.

The students, who are ages 2 to 10, will practice what they should do if an earthquake happens, such as checking for hazards and making sure emergency and first aid supplies are on hand.

Last fall, the Child Unique Montessori School opened its sister campus in the city's West End for elementary students, the Montessori Elementary School of Alameda. For information on the schools, visit thechildunique.org, call 510-521-9227 or e-mail thechildunique@yahoo.com. For information on earthquake safety, visit shakeout.org/california.

City receives state grant for Belt Line park

The City of Alameda has received a $60,000 state grant to help transform the former Alameda Belt Line into a public park.

The strip of former railroad property totals about 22 acres and is bordered by Constitution Way, Atlantic Avenue and Sherman Street. When redeveloped it will be called "The Jean Sweeney Open Space Preserve" after the longtime community activist who helped the city secure the site.

The grant from the Department of Toxic Substances Control is among the $325,000 awarded in services to five California communities, including redeveloping a former shooting range in Pasadena into a public park and former industrial site in Compton into senior housing. The grants were announced Oct. 4.

Annual sidewalk repairs to begin this month

The annual sidewalk repair program will begin this month and should be completed in six months, according to city officials.

The project will remove and replace sidewalks that have been damaged by trees.

During construction, motorists may experience minor disruptions in traffic, the temporary loss of parking spaces and an increase in noise and dust.

Bus stop access will be maintained throughout the project. Construction hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Before work begins, nearby property owners will be advised by door hangers 72 hours in advance.

"No Parking" signs also will be posted 72 hours in advance where parking spaces will be impacted by the work.

The work is funded by Measure B, the half-cent sales tax approved by Alameda County voters. No General Fund monies will be used. For information, call Shilpa Patel at 510-747-7945.