Funny thing just got a ticket from Alameda myself a few weeks back.
First thing though, you haven't leg to stand on. You were on the track it's illegal, you got popped.
Your only hope by showing up is that the citing officer isn't there. If they don't show up you win by default. Although that doesn't happen too often now as the police are paid for their time in court.
As I am, I would take the available traffic school option. You still have to pay the fine and the school cost but the ticket is off your record. Plus now you can do the school on the internet so no wasted nights or weekends.
Sadly in the budget crunch world tickets have gone way up. My little 15 over the limit, is going to run about 450 after it's all done.