The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) recently announced the retirement of a beloved employee, Vickie Smith. For more than 10 years, Smith has implemented the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act for AUSD, which helps homeless students get enrolled in public schools.
She has helped hundreds of homeless students get not only the education to which they have a right, but the services and supplies their families need to get back on their feet. Those services and supplies have included backpacks and materials for school, clothing, transportation, food, counseling and health care.
Housing prices, gentrification and inequality have been hot topics in the news lately. Recent articles and opinion pieces in the Alameda Sun have wrestled with how many people will move to Alameda due to new development, and others have grappled with how many will move out through eviction.
Somewhat lost in the discussion has been a sense of just how many people have been moving in, and outside of specific developments, where the most new Alamedans are settling.
Mayor Trish Spencer and the Alameda Sister City Association plan an official visit to Dumaguete, Philippines, in November. Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria has extended an invitation to travel Alameda’s newest sister city; a Dumaguete delegation visited Alameda earlier this summer. The two mayors will sign a Memorandum of Agreement that will outline plans for cultural, educational and business exchanges over the coming years.
Newly available funds from the 2014 Measure I school bond, as well as the expected growth in student enrollment, prompted Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) to submit a request to the Navy in April to acquire the vacant Island High School and Woodstock Child Development Center parcel on Singleton Avenue on the city’s West End. The Navy responded favorably.
Alameda is an island community and it takes the whole community working together to make Alameda disaster resilient. Will we be prepared when the next "Big One" hits? There is a 62 percent chance of a 6.7 or larger earthquake striking between now and 2032. There is a 31 percent chance that this will happen on the Hayward Fault that runs along the Oakland hills just four miles from Alameda. The fault’s last major eruption was on Oct. 21, 1868.