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USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum to host Memorial Day Celebration honoring veterans

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USS Hornet to host Memorial Day celebration honoring vets

The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum will host a Memorial Day celebration Monday honoring the veterans who served in the United States armed services. The ceremony will include Chaplain Whatley, a color guard, special guest speakers and a memorial wreath toss into the bay, East Bay Times reports.

Authors authors Brendan Simms and Steve McGregor will also be in attendance to discuss and answer questions about their new book, “The Silver Waterfall: How America Won the War in the Pacific at Midway.” The event starts at 11 a.m. at 707 W. Hornet Ave. in Alameda.

City of Livermore transfers land for affordable housing

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The Livermore city council on Tuesday unanimously approved the transfer of city-owned land to nonprofit developer Eden Housing of Hayward to build affordable housing units in the downtown area, East Bay Times reports.

The property, located at Railroad Avenue and South L Street, would be the site of 130 new apartments on a 5.5 acres parcel.

The city council’s approval to authorize the city manager to sign over the property was stalled for a year by the legal challenges brought by a group of area residents opposed to the development.

The city council blasted the group “Save Livermore Downtown,” saying that their efforts to derail the project reflected the group’s racism, classism and undemocratic nature.

Members of Save Livermore Downtown include Joan Seppala, founder and publisher of the local publication, The Independent, and is also the executive of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center’s board, which manages the Bankhead Theater. The theater is located only a few hundred feet from the project site.

“There’s a desperate need for this kind of housing yesterday, if not sooner,” said Councilmember Trish Munro during the meeting.

After the project has been completed, Eden Housing plans to reimburse Livermore $7.8 million for the land over the span of 55 years with 3% interest.

“Had we not been sued, this project would have been in construction right now, and we would have been welcoming 130 families to their homes next year,” said Eden Housing’s president, Linda Mandolini.

Music in the park hits Berkeley Saturdays starting in June

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The City of Berkeley will launch its summertime concert series starting in June, featuring performances at the city’s various parks. The concert series will feature kids’ activities, food, music and entertainment, East Bay Times reports.

The series will kick off with Kids Day with Andy Z at Virginia McGee Totland from 2 to 4 p.m. and will be followed by Jazz at Strawberry Creek on June 18.

Concert goers can bring blankets and low-back chairs to set up and enjoy the show. No alcohol or controlled substances are not permitted at the events.

The concert series is organized by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department.

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