News Briefs

Water infrastructure planner Helen Rocha will be American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) speaker at the association’s Alameda Branch lunch meeting, 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Alameda Hospital, Conference Room A, 2070 Clinton Ave.  

Rocha helps communities make the best use of their existing water infrastructure and supplies and works closely with the engineering program at Sacramento State, serving as a mentor to female engineering students. The cost of the lunch, a selection catered by A.G. Ferrari, is $21. 

On Thursday, Jan. 28, Councilman Tony Daysog will hold his regular “Last-Thursday-of-the-Month Office Hours” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Blue Danube Cafe on Park Street. He will be available to answer questions and or offer comments on city issues. He will also be at the Farmer’s Market at Webster Street and Haight Avenue the following Saturday, Jan. 30. 

Contact Daysog at 747-4726 or



The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today that it will close the Posey Tube in late January for cleaning and other maintenance.

The Posey Tube, leaving Alameda, will be closed as follows:

Applications are now open for the $5,000 Ken and Shirley Van Sickle Scholarship. This college scholarship is open to graduating seniors from the city’s public high schools who are also residents of Alameda. Selection is based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership ability and financial need.

On Dec. 17 students and staff at Lum Elementary School bid their office manager Vickie Levitch a fond farewell. Principal Lawrence Gotanco called Levitch the school’s hero and ally. 

“Vickie will be leaving us to embark on an exciting new phase in her life journey,” Gotanco said   “I can personally attest to the fact that for our school, she has been a smiling face, a hearty laugh, a comforting guide, a calming presence, a dedicated professional, a passionate advocate.”