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Candidates for four open Alameda Health Care District Board seats offer a range of policy and practical health care experience – and a universal desire to continue providing care right here on the Island.

Four people – incumbents Lynn Bratchett, Robert Deutsch and Tracy Jensen, along with newcomer Jim Meyers – are running for three open, four-year terms on the board; newly appointed board member Kathryn Sáenz Duke is vying solo for a two-year term, so her name won’t appear on the ballot. Each of the five candidates has decades of experience in the health care industry.

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This month, I met with Bay Farm Island historians Bob Perata, John Olivera, George Anthony, Bud Soares (descendant of Alameda’s Silva family) and Robert Cumming. They all helped tremendously with the following story.

The city has selected a new poet laureate. The City Council is set to appoint Julia Park Tracey to the volunteer post on September 16.

Monday marked the first day of school for most Alameda public schools, which means it was the first day of after school cross-country practice!

Hadi Monsef, a beloved former city councilman and a longtime real estate broker who dedicated much of his life to serving the community he loved through the local Rotary Club and many other volunteer activities, has died. He was 81.

We’re opening this week’s (slightly late) Campaign Column with some exciting news: We’re partnering with the Alameda Sun on a pair of candidate debates in September.

Schools leaders are seeking the public’s input on a plan to illuminate one of a pair of baseball diamonds at Will C. Wood Middle School.

The future’s looking bright.

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Alameda community. My name is Sean McPhetridge, and I am serving as the interim superintendent for Alameda Unified School District this school year.

This fall, Alameda voters will be asked to consider paying higher property taxes to cover $179.5 million in bonds to upgrade the Island’s schools.

Alameda Point Environmental Report blogger Richard Bangert was so impressed by "the beehive of construction activity" at Alameda Landing development that he snapped these photos.