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UPDATE: Bonta credited with mediating tentative teacher contract

Updated at 2:34 p.m. Friday, March 1

Alameda's teachers are set to vote on a tentative contract deal negotiated with the aid of state Assemblyman Rob Bonta.

School district and union leaders praised Bonta's volunteer mediation of the long-running contract dispute in press releases issued late Thursday night and Friday morning. Neither side was prepared to offer details of the proposal Friday, though Alameda Education Association president Gray Harris said teachers will vote on it during the week of March 11 and the district's press release says the agreement could be approved by the school board at the first meeting it holds after the association's 524 members have their say. Read more >> about UPDATE: Bonta credited with mediating tentative teacher contract

The Alamedan's $20,000 Challenge

Today marks The Alamedan’s first birthday, and the conclusion of an exciting startup year. In just 365 short days, we’ve established ourselves as Alameda’s local, in-depth and up-to-the-minute source for information on schools and City Hall, offering exclusive reports on Alameda Point and Alameda Hospital, a comprehensive elections guide and stories that helped you get to the bottom of the demise of redevelopment, city leaders' decision to allow multifamily housing despite Measure A and school safety after Sandy Hook.

We’re bringing the news into your living rooms with our live, online broadcasts of school board meetings that aren’t available on TV and with our popular Tweet by Tweet coverage, which allows us to engage with readers about the issues your leaders are discussing. And we held our first-ever event, a party on Election Night – the first of several to come.

This year we’ll be working to provide you with more news and information, in more of the formats that our online home affords. By the end of 2013 we’d like to provide you twice as much news and information as we’re giving you now, with more photos, video and data-rich maps to supplement the news stories we’re now producing on a website redesigned to optimize your reading experience.

To do that, we need to raise $20,000 this year, which is how much it would cost to add a news story every weekday. But we can’t do it without your help. We’ll be checking in with our readers once a month to ask you to consider contributing to our efforts to build the high-quality, locally run news source you deserve and seeking out local sponsors who share our belief that more news is good news.

If you value the news we’re providing and would like to see more of it, please consider contributing online or by sending a check care of our fiscal sponsor, Community Initiatives (with Alameda Community News Project in the register), 354 Pine Street Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104. In doing so you’ll be supporting a critical resource for your entire community and helping to provide news Alamedans won’t get anywhere else.

Thank you for reading and for supporting The Alamedan, and feel free to send your comments and suggestions to me at michele@thealamedan.org. We’re looking forward to telling more of Alameda’s story in 2013. Read more >> about The Alamedan's $20,000 Challenge

Community Corner: Kid auditions, transportation grants, stroke screening and a rent check

The Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre is hosting auditions for its spring production of “The Wizard of Oz” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 11 at First Christian Church of Alameda, 2441 San Jose Avenue. Callbacks, if necessary, will take place at 6:30 p.m. March 13. Appointments are not necessary, and children ages 5 to 18 are invited to audition. Auditioners are asked to prepare a selection from a song no longer than two minutes and will also be asked to do a cold read from the script. Read more >> about Community Corner: Kid auditions, transportation grants, stroke screening and a rent check

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, our weekly two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

A state board has declared an impasse in negotiations between Alameda’s teachers’ union and school district leaders over pay. A state mediator will now be brought in to try to broker a deal between the union and schools administrators, and if that fails, a three-person factfinding body will examine each side’s case and make recommendations. Read more >> about The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Community Corner: Foundation gets new board members, Wind River has new tech, and Earth Day booths available!

The Alameda Education Foundation has added three new members to its board. Timothy N. Coffey is vice president of research for FIG Partners, an employee-owned broker-dealer specializing in financial institutions; Nancy O’Malley is Alameda County’s district attorney and George Phillips is the former executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda (and a current member of The Alamedan’s advisory committee). Read more >> about Community Corner: Foundation gets new board members, Wind River has new tech, and Earth Day booths available!

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

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

More than 100 people stopped by the Albert H. DeWitt Officer's Club on Saturday to tell the city how they think a new park to be built on the Alameda Belt Line's former rail yard should be designed. The city is offering a walk-through of the property on March 2 and will be taking comments via an online survey through February 22. Read more >> about The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Community Corner: Women Who Dare, computer classes, lighting workshop and a grand opening

Girls Inc. will be hosting its 14th annual Women Who Dare awards from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club, 641 West Redline Avenue. Tickets are $50-$55, and can be purchased online at http://www.girlsincislandcity.org or by calling 521-1743 ext. 225. Read more >> about Community Corner: Women Who Dare, computer classes, lighting workshop and a grand opening

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