Alameda residents Scott and Lisa Amstutz recently announced the birth of their son, Tilden Alan Amstutz. Tilden was born Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3:23 a.m., eight days ahead of schedule. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches in length. Tilden, the couple’s second child, was welcomed home by big sister Amber, 2, and Marlowe, the family’s Vizsla dog. Maternal grandparents are longtime Bay Area residents John and Kathleen Toth of Danville. Paternal grandparents are Sandra Amstutz of Bay Farm Island and the late Paul Amstutz.


Take a stroll downtown and enjoy all the wintry, whimsical wonder that is on display. From Shop Late Thursdays to the popular Hot Cocoa Crawl, downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive shopping experience. 


Here we go again. It is unfortunate that yet another Alameda mayor may have been elected without majority support. Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft won the seat with only 41.97 percent of the vote. Blame it on Alameda’s use of a plurality voting system, which does not require that the victor receive at least 50 percent of the votes cast.

The question is whether Alameda has some true progressives who will initiate changing Alameda’s electoral system from plurality to ranked-choice voting.

I attended the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Map Outreach Meeting on Nov. 15. The meeting was a disappointment, yet revealing. Flood and its possibility were not discussed. No basis of the “100-year flood plain” declaration was revealed. The focus of the meeting was FEMA’s requirement for flood insurance and how to wheedle out of it.


Dear community:
We are hearing questions about last week’s decision to close schools (because of the smoke), so I’d like to take this opportunity to provide more details.

Here at AUSD, we understand closing schools can create a hardship for parents and guardians who work. We also understand schools are safe and supervised spaces for children. Because of that, we kept our schools open as long as we could.