News Briefs


Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education meeting last Tuesday addressed AUSD’s budget as compared to other districts in Alameda County. This discussion included the impact that low salaries have on Alameda’s public schools and the possibility of layoffs. The district has launched a community conversation about its budget priorities. Talking points include small class sizes, special programs and rising pension and special education costs. The district is planning to hold community meetings to review budget realities. 


Anyone who planned a rental event at the Alameda Elks Lodge in the future needs to check in and confirm their reservation. The longtime benefactors of the Alameda community have suffered a computer crash that erased the Lodge’s Rental Calendar through 2020. Those who have made reservations for an event must contact the Elks as soon as possible at 522-1015, Ext. 18, during business hours, or online at



Alameda resident and filmmaker Clay Kempf’s latest documentary Don’t Shoot, I’m the Guitar Man premiered at the San Francisco Indie Festival last week. The film relays the true story about musician Buzzy Martin who taught music to inmates at San Quentin State Prison. Kempf served as director of photography for Guitar Man

Find out more about this Bay Area story and production at


Through Monday, March 5, the City of Alameda is looking for residents to evaluate its pilot dockless bike share program, LimeBike, through a survey. To weigh in, visit or obtain hard copies of the survey at the City Clerk’s office in City Hall (2263 Santa Clara Ave.) or at any library branch.


Beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 27, the USS Hornet Museum will close on Tuesdays to visitors seeking general admission. 

The museum is available for use on Tuesdays on a case-by-case basis for special events, certain education programs and advance ticketed specialty tours. 

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