City budgets are most often a messy space where math collides with what the community and others with a stake in the budget want. As a council member, it took me a while to get a grasp on the budget process and as I was doing so listened to many a report on the impact of the downturn (“depression” is closer to reality) on cities. Read more >> about You said it: 2013 budget and the new reality for city budgets
I’m sending my warmest thank you for the exciting, fun, and very successful event, “Shoots & Ladders,” last Friday evening, the third of May. The Alameda Police Department played a game of basketball against the Alameda Fire Department to help raise money for Alameda Family Services. Sponsors included the College of Alameda, Harbor Bay Group of Companies, Scooter Importers, and TransPacific National Bank. Read more >> about Letters to the Editor: Thanks for "Shoots and Ladders"
Thank you, Alameda! On March 21st, I made the Alameda Education Foundation’s final Adopt A Classroom presentation for the 2012-2013 school year. This school year, we made 131 presentations totaling $65,500. Funds were used to support a fifth grade science camp, to set up a new kindergarten class, to support a Zoomobile Animal Habitat assembly and to purchase instruments to help start a brand new music class, just to mention a few. Teachers tell us, “I think it is great to help out classrooms that are truly in need!” and “After 37 years of teaching middle school in a different district, I did not once experience such an unsolicited and freely given monetary gift.” Read more >> about Letter to the Editor: Alameda Education Foundation thanks March donors
What a night! Three hundred fifty public school supporters, great food and wine, cookin’ jazz from our two high schools, and a gorgeous night. Alameda Education Foundation’s 31st annual Salute to Education may have been one of the best. It would not have been possible without so many volunteers and help from our supportive Alameda community. Read more >> about Letter to the Editor: Salute to Education a success
Some much-needed attention is being given to Alameda’s gateways. The Park Street plan for North of Lincoln had its first hearing at the City Council last week, generating interest and healthy debate. There’s news too, that Caltrans is considering refurbishing the Tubes at the West End entrance to Alameda. Both are long overdue. Read more >> about You said it: Much-needed improvements at Alameda’s gateways
On behalf of Alamedans Together Against Hate (ATAH), we are writing to urge the Alameda Boy Scouts Council to speak out in favor of ending a discriminatory policy that prohibits openly gay boys from participating or becoming members of the organization, when the Boy Scouts of America takes up this issue at your national meeting in May. ATAH is a workgroup of the City of Alameda’s Social Service Human Relations Board, dedicated to addressing incidents of hate and discrimination in our community that go against the values of inclusion and diversity that are embraced by all Alamedans. Read more >> about You said it: An Open Letter to the Alameda Council, Boy Scouts of America
Each month, the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) presents teachers with $500 grants as part of its Adopt A Classroom program. Teachers use the funds to support unique learning opportunities in their classrooms. As of February, AEF has distributed $62,000 to teachers! I would like to thank February’s generous donors: Read more >> about Letters to the Editor: AEF Adopt-a-Classroom Update