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Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) high school students gave life to two gardens on school district property. A dozen students transformed neglected school plots at Woodstock Child Development Center and Ruby Bridges Elementary School as a part of Project Eat’s "Get Fresh! Stay Healthy!" internship program.

Project Eat is an Alameda County Office of Education program that promotes living a healthy lifestyle through growing and eating healthy food.

Pres. Barack Obama’s 2016 budget proposal includes $70 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic and columbarium at Alameda Point. If approved by Congress, the money would go toward site work, utilities, geotechnical work, and wetlands mitigation. But the VA is facing a backlash in Congress over an astronomical cost overrun of nearly $1 billion at its new hospital facility being built in Aurora, Colo., near Denver. Whether this will affect Alameda Point is yet to be seen.

At its July 21 meeting the City Council introduced a pair of rent-related ordinances. The first involved giving some teeth to the city’s Rent Review Advisory Committee, while the second concerned the review of rent increases.

Renting is a convenient and affordable option for residents who do not wish to purchase their own property. Renters pay a fixed monthly amount to property owners rather than hundreds of thousands for their own property. Because of this, many Alamedans choose to rent instead of buy.

On Wednesday, July 22, the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education voted to appoint Gray Harris to the seat left empty when Niel Tam passed away on May 24.

Harris taught elementary school for six years in Alameda and served as president of the Alameda Education Association, the union that represents Alameda teachers. Harris was one of five candidates who applied for Tam’s seat. Hazel Lau, Michael McMahon, Anne McKereghan and Dorota Sawicka also applied for the position.

Spread out over the Island this past weekend both well-established and brand-new events were held. Besides the well known Park Street Art & Wine Faire and Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Pancake Breakfast, the new Stargell Plaza was dedicated on the West End, and the Bay Area Radio Museum hosted Radio Day.

AFD Pancake Breakfast