Front Page News

A report that someone with a weapon was in the neighborhood of Encinal High School caused the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) to place the school on lockdown at 11: 45 a.m., Thursday, June 11. AUSD also contacted the Alameda Police Department (APD).
AUSD spokesperson Susan Davis said that as a precaution the district also locked down other West End schools, including the Woodstock Child Development Center, Paden and Ruby Bridges elementary schools and Island High School.
APD later reported that its officers made no arrests.

Staff at the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department had an unprecedented number of visitors to this year’s Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest held last Saturday (above). Among the 425 total people competing, 47 were sand castle architects and 55 were sand sculptors.

The Sand Castle Best of Show award went to Brent, Marcie, Elias, Sam, Maitren, Bode and Camela of Oakland. Sand Sculpture Best of Show award went to the Nguyen Family of San Jose for "Goldfish."

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.