July 2014

An Encinal High School teacher and his supporters are battling schools administrators’ decision to transfer him to a different high school, the latest in a string of hotly contested teacher transfers on which the school board has been asked to weigh in.

To me, there are four keys to fitness cycling.

According to the school yearbook – then, as now, called the Acorn – 499 students graduated from Alameda High School in 1964. That graduating class held its 50th reunion this past Saturday night at the Oakland Yacht Club in Alameda.

Our concern about dying, awareness of who is dying and the significance of those losses is not the only way this theme plays out in our lives as we get older.

A pair of Alameda firefighter/paramedics will soon be doing more than just responding to medical emergencies: They will be checking up on the city’s infirm residents after they leave the hospital.

One of the sure signs of summer in Alameda is the announcement of the headliners for the free, family friendly Concerts at the Cove music series co-produced by the Rotary Club of Alameda and the East Bay Regional Park District. The 15th season will conclude on August 8 when two KFOG Local Scene bands headline the final concert.

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Campaign Column, our new campaign blog. This is where we’ll offer inside ball on the November 2014 campaign for all you political junkies.

The city kicked off efforts to develop the first mile of its long-planned Cross Alameda Trail with a one-hour community meeting to vet its designs Monday night.

It's summer, and outdoor activities are all the rage. With that in mind, we took ourselves to Franklin Park on Saturday afternoon to enjoy the sun, the greenery, the soft breezes and the music being made by members of the Alameda String Academy.

Alameda and a list of other East Bay cities and wastewater districts will fix aging sewers in an effort to keep sewage from spilling into San Francisco Bay and the Oakland/Alameda Estuary as part of a lawsuit settlement announced Monday.

UPDATE: We've passed our $1,000 fundraising goal! Thanks to Aidan Barry, Karen Butter, Vicki Sedlack and Chuck Kapelke for pushing us over the line!

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly headline review. Here’s what happened this week.

The Planning Board will consider design plans Monday for the new Marina Shores housing development on Buena Vista Avenue and for a 32-unit, six-building affordable housing complex in Alameda Landing.

One of my favorite non-running fitness activities is cycling. While I do enjoy running errands and using my bike for transportation when I can, I'm talking about using cycling for a workout.

The city is contemplating proposals from nine developers who’ve signaled their interest in developing some or all of a planned 150-acre Alameda Point waterfront town center and commercial development area. So who are these developers, and what do they bring to the table?

Today, we’re kicking off our Election 2014 fundraising drive. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to make sure you know who’s running, how they’d vote on the issues they’ll confront if elected, what their track record has been on major local issues and who’s paying for their campaigns.

The Mouse King sneaks up on Clara during an Alameda Civic Ballet production of The Nutcracker. Photo courtesy of Alameda Civic Ballet.

Alamedans are feeling pinched by rising rents, new survey results released by housing advocates Renewed Hope show.

We had friends visit us last week. They came on Wednesday and left Saturday afternoon. In between we indulged in our favorite pastimes of talking, eating, riding around to restaurants and coming home to hang out and talk and visit some more.

City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, council chambers, City Hall. Agenda

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s a review of your headlines for the week.

A new addition to the renaissance of eateries that the former Gold's Gym strip of businesses on Encinal Avenue enjoys is Sidestreet Pho, a restaurant that gives a tip of the hat to pre-war Vietnamese street cuisine.

The rule of thumb for running training is that whatever you run today will benefit you two to three weeks from now. So the last couple of weeks before a race should really be focused on "resting" and sharpening.

Should Alameda have one comprehensive high school or two? That’s one of the main questions facing schools leaders as their proposed $179.5 million facilities bond heads toward a November vote.

Alameda assessments

Alameda's property values rose a little more than 6 percent this year, a rate that's just shy of the county average. In Alameda County, Dublin saw values rise at the steepest rate, with 15 percent jump, while Berkeley's property values rose at the smallest rate in the county, 3.4 percent. Here are the numbers.

My work as a dating and relationship coach presents a lot of fun and unique situations that my clients present to me. Online dating is a unique way of meeting people but it does not have to be negative, traumatic or a lot of work if you follow simple guidelines.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to rezone federal property near Crab Cove for park use – and to remove contested language from a companion measure council members said was designed to spell out what the council will do if the city is sued over the zoning change.

The City Council okayed an ordinance to rezone federal property near Crab Cove for park use, along with a companion measure detailing how they'll pay for any lawsuit over the change - sans controversial language that would allow the council to reverse the decision. That and more, here.

We’ve all heard the phrase home field advantage.

Proponents of a ballot measure that would rezone 3.9 acres of federal property near Crab Cove for park use are crying foul over a city-drafted companion measure that, if enacted, would give the City Council the power to put their initiative on ice.

This summer is a season of change in Alameda Unified School District. As many of you have heard, our superintendent, Kirsten Vital, has resigned her position as of August 1 to become the new superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District. Ms. Vital has served our students and families for nearly six years.

Independence Day! This is one of the most meaningful days of the year to me, even if the fog obscured most of the fireworks. The day forces consideration of several big topics, with freedom foremost among them - personal, national and global.

This year’s tour highlighting toxic cleanup efforts at Alameda Point forsook the technological whiz-bang of prior years’ cross-base bus rides for a more prosaic sight: A gaggle of Caspian terns perched on a sand bar in a restored wetland area that’s part of the 624-acre chunk of the former air station the Navy handed off to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in June.

The Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors unanimously picked Kathryn Sáenz Duke on Wednesday to replace Jordan Battani – at least for the next few months.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. He’s the recap of your headlines for this week.

The fall election season kicks off Monday with the opening of the nomination period for local offices.

When our intrepid editor of The Alamedan, Michele Ellson, announced that the site was taking a week off earlier this month, it reminded me how challenging it can be to maintain a fitness program when traveling.

Here's a poem of celebration to thank the many Alameda residents who enthusiastically cheered the Alameda Gay Pride Float entry in the Fourth of July parade.

The City Council is set to consider negotiating what could be its first land sale at Alameda Point, to a South Bay development team interested in buying barracks that once housed servicemen and five acres of former taxiway that front Seaplane Lagoon.

These past few weeks really have been the "peak of the sailing season," and we're not done yet.

In my fertility practice, I see everything from young women or couples planning ahead to couples at the height of the infertility roller coaster. Chinese medicine has been addressing women’s health and fertility issues since 200 C.E.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Ann Beret Johnsen, a fourth generation Alamedan, watched from the Senate gallery as President Lyndon Johnson signed the act into law. At First Congregational Church of Alameda, Johnsen has created a display to commemorate the signing.

Ron Cowan’s Harbor Bay Isle Associates (HBIA) continues its push to move the Harbor Bay Club. Its recent campaign at City Hall implies that Harbor Bay Neighbors opposes the building of a new Harbor Bay Club.

Mayor Marie Gilmore and members of the Alameda Kiwanis Club recently honored eighth graders who earned the club’s Hope of America awards.

New neighborhoods are proposed or in progress at Alameda Point, Alameda Landing and all along the Island’s Northern Waterfront. So when and how can you have your say on the size of a development, its design and plans to address the traffic it might generate?

This summer arrived in the midst of the worst drought in quite a while. It provided perfect conditions for the grasses to scatter their pollen far and wide in such abundance that those of us with allergic reactions to such things were placed under siege.

Alameda resident Mercedes Cohen is the author of “Giovanni Is Here,” a new play produced recently at Ross Valley Players as part of its RAW (Ross Alternative Works) program. The Alamedan caught up with Cohen, who answered some questions about herself and her play.

The Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 in the Dal Cielo Conference Room on the second floor of Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Avenue.