Alameda in brief
Dads and daughters limboed and luaued at a sold-out father-daughter dance on February 11 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club on Alameda Point. The annual dance is sponsored by Girls Inc. of the Island City and the Alameda Recreation and Park Department. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Jenna Ingram, Juliette Ingram, Alexandra Hearn, Mara Pellitieri and Maddy Elias; in the back row, Jay Ingram, James Hearn, Jim Pellitieri, Mike Elias. Contributed photo.
City to conduct telephone survey
Starting today, the city is set to conduct a telephone survey as part of its effort to generate an Urban Greening Plan. Some 450 residents will receive the 12-minute survey calls on weekday nights and weekends between today and March 10.
The city is planning to conduct a community workshop in late March to gather public comment on Alameda’s parks, urban agriculture and green space needs, concerns and ideas, and the city is also planning to post a community survey on its website. A second public workshop is slated for late June to discuss opportunities and implementation strategies for parks, urban agriculture and community garden opportunities.
A final Urban Greening Plan is slated to be presented to the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission and Planning Board in July.
Boys & Girls Club wins “Orange Thumb” grant
Alameda’s Boys & Girls Club has earned a Project Orange Thumb grant that will help the club build a youth garden. The club was one of 10 applicants selected to receive the grant, out of 450 who applied for it.
“We will be installing a garden of nearly 8,000 sq. ft. and will incorporate sustainable food into our cooking and nutrition programs as well as adding the garden project to our environmental awareness program, called The Green Machine. I believe that our local Kiwanis Club will partner with us to build the project and to volunteer their time to work with our kids to maintain it,” the club’s executive director, George Phillips, wrote in announcing the grant.
The Alameda Youth Garden will contain root vegetables, legumes and herbs, and the club plans to add fruit trees and decorative bushes.
The club’s new building is set for an April 2 grand opening.
CalTrans is closing the Posey Tube from Alameda to Oakland for a few evenings next week to wash its interior walls. The Tube will be closed from 10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, February 22-24, to 4:30 a.m. each of the following days.
Anyone with questions about the closures can contact Tony Padilla in CalTrans’ Tunnels and Tubs department at (510) 286-0315.
Peet’s profits dip
Peet’s Coffee & Tea saw its earnings dip in 2010, with per-share earnings dropping 11 percent, from $1.44 per diluted share in 2009 to $1.28 in 2010. The company’s fourth quarter earnings were down 37 percent from 2009, down from 76 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 46 cents during the same period in 2010.
Revenues dropped slightly in the fourth quarter of 2010, to $91.6 million from $91.7 million in the same quarter of 2009. But overall, revenues grew 7 percent in 2010, rising to $333.8 million from $311.3 million in the 2009 fiscal year.
The company reported that it spent $1 million on legal and other expenses related to the Federal Trade Commission’s review of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ efforts to purchase Diedrich Coffee, which Peet’s had attempted to acquire.
The company said it expects revenues to rise between 8 percent and 10 percent in 2011, and that it expects its earnings to rise to between $1.53 and $1.60 per diluted share.