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A look at 2018 through the pages of the Alameda Sun

Part Two: July to December

Celebrating the Fourth

In usual grand fashion the city kicked off the second half of 2018 with its famous Fourth of July parade. Mayor Trish Spencer honored four pillars of the Alameda community, naming them the parade’s Grand Marshals: Mas Takano, Pauline Kelley, Duane Watson and Gordon Ma.

Part Two: June to December

The second half of 2018 had many impressive accomplishments in Alameda. Here is part two of the Sun’s look back at 2018’s athletic accomplishments on the Island. 

John Williams won the Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July 5K R.A.C.E. on July 4. He completed the race in 15:27. Jessie Stewart was the first woman to cross the finish line and 26th overall. Stewart finished with a time of 18:05. Former Mayor Trish Spencer finished the race with a time of 32:32.

Judge Dellbert Gee, right, administers the oath of office to new City Councilmember John Knox White on Dec. 18. Knox White will take his seat on the Council with the city’s new mayor, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, newly elected Councilmembers Tony Daysog and Jim Oddie, as well as Councilmember Malia Vella. 
Oddie, whose term had expired, was elected to fill the seat vacated when Ezzy Ashcraft won the majority. 


Negotiators for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and the Alameda Education Association (AEA) reached a tentative agreement Thursday, Dec. 20, in negotiations over salary and other contract considerations. 

Under the terms of the one-year agreement, members of the AEA, which represents teachers, nurses, speech and language pathologists, as well as counselors, will receive a 4.5 percent salary increase. 

Pictured above (not necessarily left to right) are: Will Durst and his merry band of pranksters: famed political comic Durst himself, notorious raconteur Johnny Steele, major award-winner Debi Durst, Captain Syntax Michael Bossier, the glamorous Mari Magaloni and — last but not least — the beguiling, yet troubled, Arthur Gaus, Esq.

This motley band will appear 7 p.m. sharp, Friday evening, Jan. 3, at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., with their end-of-the-year comedy extravaganza.