Community Corner: Paying for college, Makani expands and more

Community Corner: Paying for college, Makani expands and more

Michele Ellson

Google-owned Makani Power will be expanding its presence at Alameda Point. The wind power company, which Google bought last May, has inked a 21-year lease on 110,000 square feet of industrial space in a former airplane hangar, with an option to negotiate for another 367,000 square feet in nearby hangars when those spaces become available and also, the option to purchase the buildings should they be put up for sale in the future. The company, which has been on Alameda Point for seven years, now occupies the former Naval Air Station’s control tower. The lease is subject to City Council approval, and is set for consideration Tuesday; the company will pay a monthly rent of between $55,205 and $62,134 over the term of the lease.

The Alameda Education Foundation is offering a pair of free presentations on planning to pay for college. The “College Finances 101” presentations will take place from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. this Saturday, March 15 in the cafeteria at Encinal High School, 210 Central Avenue, and next Saturday, March 22 in the Alameda High School Little Theatre, 2200 Central Avenue. Students and parents are invited to attend. During the presentations, financial analyst Mark Stewart and retired Alameda high school counselor John Maiers will discuss college selection and earning potential, the true cost of attending college, the differences between loan types, how to lower borrowing costs and return on investment. Additional information is available on the Alameda Education Foundation website.

Mayor Marie Gilmore earned Woman of the Year honors from state Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda. Bonta, who served for two years with Gilmore on the Alameda City Council, praised her for 15 years of service to the community that has included eight years on the Planning Board, a term on the City Council and three years as mayor. Gilmore, who was honored during a ceremony Monday on the Assembly floor, is up for re-election this year.

California Business for Educational Excellence has named eight Alameda schools to its honor roll. The schools are Amelia Earhart, Bay Farm, Donald D. Lum, Edison, Frank Otis and Franklin elementary schools, Lincoln Middle School and the Alameda Community Learning Center charter school. Seven of the eight schools were designated as “Scholar Schools” – high performing schools that don’t have a significant number of low-income students – while Lum was recognized as a “Star School” because it has a significant number of low-income students. The schools earned the recognition for students’ consistent high performance, improvement in achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps, a school district press release said. The organization, which is made up of business leaders, honored nearly 1,100 California schools this year.

Alameda County’s Clean Water Program is accepting applications for its 2014 Community Stewardship Grant Program. The focus of this year’s grant program, which offers grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 for a total of $20,000, is on litter reduction projects. Eligible applicants include teacher and student groups, youth organizations, homeowners associations, community groups, environmental groups and other non-profit organizations, according to a press release from the program. The application deadline is April 10; additional information is available on the program’s website.