The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) sent a water tender to Mariposa County Monday, July 16 to fight the Ferguson Fire that has already engulfed more than 12,000 acres.
Alameda Water Tender 2 left Alameda to assist with the fire in Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park. It is not known how many AFD personnel traveled to combat the blaze. This is Water Tender 2’s first-ever, out-of-county trip, according to the AFD Facebook page.
A mid-afternoon collision blocked all lanes of the Posey Tube last Friday. At 3:28 p.m., a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was driving State Controller Betty Yee and her husband in an unmarked car out of Dignitary Protection Section. According to CHP, a drug-impaired driver, Aaron Ba Sean George, hit their car. George suffered major injuries. Alameda Fire Department transported him, Yee and her husband to the hospital.
Entrants to Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade earn trophies for spectacular floats or performances.
Best civilian band honors went to Los Amigos Vaqueros in first place, Hayward Hills Vaqueros in second and Kevin Kearney and The Mighty Neptunes in third.
The best school band trophy went to the St. Joseph Notre Dame High School Band. The Alameda High and Encinal High school bands took second and third respectively and the Academy of Alameda Wind Ensemble took fourth.
Best marching band honors went to Lincoln Middle School.
The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education approved 15 members for the Committee to Consider High School Consolidation at the June 26 School Board meeting.
The committee will examine the “viability, desirability and effects” that would come from combining Alameda and Encinal high schools into one comprehensive high school, according to an AUSD press release.