Editorial

I would 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 (AUSD) this school year.

It has come to my attention that there are signature gatherers in Alameda wanting to put a proposition on the November ballot to carve up the state of California into, unbelieveably, six states of the union. Just the thought of this possibly happening would be a huge, chaotic boondoggle — and would never work, for the following reasons:

I have dedicated the last 15 years of my life to serving the needs of children and their families here in Alameda in multiple leadership capacities. I was elected in 2008, and reelected in 2012, to serve as a leader of Alameda. Alameda is at a crossroads. Thousands of new homes are being developed without fully addressing their impact on our quality of life.

The Alameda Education Association (AEA) reiterates its support for the reelection of Mayor Marie Gilmore. She has been a strong advocate for public education and teachers in Alameda.

The association, which represents 540 teachers, counselors and nurses in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), is extremely disappointed by the decision of school board trustee Trish Herrera Spencer to campaign for mayor instead of focusing on the responsibilities of her current elected position.

Tim Coffey

Now that there is a full slate of candidates for City Hall elections, which of them is going to stand up for Bay Farm and be our a voice in Alameda politics?

They should be falling over each other to court our votes. Bay Farm is one of the biggest, most consistent voting blocks in Alameda. Nearly every candidate to win the popular vote in Bay Farm has also won the city-wide general election.

Plus, Bay Farm has a unifying issue.

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