• 05/31/2018 12:13 PM | Tod Abbott (Administrator)

    The City of Albany is working on plans for a complete streets plan for Solano Avenue.

     This will affect sidewalks, parking, crossings, and more, and the businesses have an exciting opportunity to work with the City on improvements that could bring more people to the Avenue as well as improving features for the businesses.

    But only if the businesses make their voices heard.

    The Chamber and SAA are going to be involved and vocal in this project, but they can only do so much. The City needs to hear from business owners and managers about what changes would help their business, and what changes could hurt. Hearing from actual business people on the street carries more weight than just hearing from a Chamber or SAA representative on their own.

    A vibrant business district is a quality-of-life issue for the City, so it's in the City's interest to listen to their business community. But we've got to speak up in order for them to hear us.

    Make your voice heard by attending a Solano Avenue Complete Streets event, contact Albany Planning and Building Manager, Anne Hersch with your comments (510-528-5765,, or submitting a comment on the Solano Complete Streets website.

  • 12/01/2017 6:46 AM | Tod Abbott (Administrator)

    Santa came to Solano Avenue the first weekend in December, 2007. He spent a weekend at A Child's Place on the corner of the Alameda, then moved down to the Chamber of Commerce office for the next two weekends. From the beginning this has been a very popular event, with hundreds of free photos given out every year -- not to mention the free popcorn!

    Originally a joint project of the Chamber and the Solano Avenue Association, Santa on Solano is now run entirely by the SAA, and enjoys it's fourth year at Chloe's Closet (1545 Solano) for the first three weekends of December.

    Credit for the event falls mainly to SAA Executive Director, Allen Cain. He suggested the idea in 2007, remembering Santa on the street in years past. Since then he has staffed the event for three or four weekends every December, setting up and breaking down the event, and handing out popcorn and supporting the photographer in between. For the last four years, SAA President Jennifer Hansen-Romero has been behind the camera, using her experience as a school photographer to get great pictures of kids' (and adults', event pets') special time with the big guy.

    What makes the event unique is that it is one of the only (and arguably the best) free opportunity to see Santa in the East Bay. Visitors are always welcome to bring their own cameras and get as many pictures as they like in addition to the printed picture they will take with them.

    Santa is on Solano this year from noon to 4, on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, at Chloe's Closet (1545 Solano Avenue).

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