Mayor Trish Spencer and the Alameda Sister City Association (ASCA) visited Dumaguete, Philippines, from Thursday, Nov. 19 until Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria invited Spencer to travel to his city to continue building the sister-city relationship that began when a Dumaguete delegation that included Sagabarria visited Alameda on June 6. (“Alameda Has New Sister City,” June 11). Interest in establishing a sister city in the Philippines began with Cynthia Bonta’s request to ASCA to consider Dumaguete as a candidate.
Nov. 16 was no ordinary Monday for Nea Community Learning Center’s junior class. Instead of their regular morning routine, they headed to Alameda City Hall, dressed to impress and ready to conduct a mock school board hearing.
Alameda Hospital has recently acquired new beds, part of an overall plan by the hospital’s parent, Alameda Health System (AHS), to upgrade the facility. With price tags ranging from $10,000 to $28,000 per bed, the nearly 40 replacement beds cost about $500,000.
Crewmembers aboard the Alameda-based U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf offloaded more than 25 tons of cocaine valued at more than $765-million at the Port of San Diego Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal on Nov. 19. Five Coast Guard cutters and one Canadian navy vessel with a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement team aboard seized the drugs while carrying out 26 vessel interdictions off the coast of Central and South America between July and November.