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ASTI one of eight high schools in state to earn honor

An Alameda high school will take the stage when the United States Department of Education (DOE) recognizes 285 public and 50 private schools on Nov. 9 and 10 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park. Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) is among just 29 California schools — and only eight high schools in the state — that the federal government is honoring this year as national blue-ribbon schools.

The Tenderloin: "San Francisco’s scummiest neighborhood, a filth-encrusted hotbed of immorality, indecency, lewdness, corruption, and all manner of vice." At least that’s how a certain Dr. Weirde describes the neighborhood in an essay he posted on the "Found San Francisco" website.

"Not so fast," says Tenderloin Museum executive director Bill Fricker. "The Tenderloin is a neighborhood you thought you knew." He invites you to judge for yourself at the museum at 398 Eddy St. in the heart of the Tenderloin.

California rent growth has outpaced the rest of the nation every month for the last year according to the September California Rental Price Monitor produced by San Francisco-based rental marketplace Apartment List. Findings in the report include:

• California rents are growing nearly twice as quickly as the national average. Some unit rents have increased 5.7 percent over the last year compared to 3 percent nationwide, based on two-bedroom units.

Some 2,000 parcels in the city of Alameda are within the newly identified 100-year floodplain. That means there is a 1 percent chance that in any one year the property will experience flooding from extreme high tides and storm activity. The floodplain map is determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Google-owned Makani, a wind energy company at Alameda Point, moved one step closer last week to full-scale testing of its flying electricity kite. The novel invention made a rare public appearance at the company’s test site near the USS Hornet to fine-tune the docking maneuver. It will be deployed at a test site being readied in Hawaii where it will reach an altitude of 1,100 feet.