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Alameda has a new sister city in Dumaguete, which is in Negros Oriental in the Philippines. Manuel Sagarbarria, the mayor of Dumaguete, right, visited Alameda last Saturday. Above, Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese looks on as Mayor Trish Spencer receives a miniature Dumaguete Cathedral belfry, fashioned in Dumaguete of semi-precious stones. Dumaguete joins Alameda’s sister cities Lidingo, Sweden; Arita, Japan; and Wuxi, China.

It’s time to sign up for this year’s Ralph Appezzato Charity Event (R.A.C.E.), which takes place just before the Fourth of July Parade, Saturday, July 4.

The first 300 to register will receive free race T-shirts. Last year more than 550 runners and walkers participated in the event. This year Mayor Trish Spencer will be one of the participants.

The top-three men and top-three women in four age categories — 18 and under; 19 to 35; 36 to 49; and 50-plus. The race is a five-kilometer (3.1 mile) run/walk through Alameda.

The school district announced on Tuesday that its negotiators have reached a tentative agreement with the teachers’ union.

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and the Alameda Education Association (AEA), which represents the teachers have agreed on an ongoing 4 percent raise in salary starting with the next school year.

Negotiations began last Nov. 18, when both sides unveiled their respective contract proposals. The district and the union began formal negotiations in January, meeting 15 times.

The Planning Board gave a tentative nod to the affordable senior housing planned for property at Buena Vista Avenue and Sherman Street. If the plan moves forward the 32-foot tall building, pictured above, would stand cheek-on-jowl to the Del Monte warehouse building.

As part of the $125 million Del Monte development, Tim Lewis Communities agreed to build 55 units of affordable housing. The apartment complex under consideration by the Planning Board would contain 31 units. Lewis will also provide 24 more units for moderate-income residents in the main building.

The City Council took up the issue of body cameras for the Alameda Police Department (APD) on Tuesday. Councilmembers also discussed access to a system that that store the video the cameras record.

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