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Members of Tau Beta Pi remove weeds near the least tern nesting area in November.

Volunteers at the Alameda Point nesting site of the endangered California least tern continued their efforts this fall after a successful 2014 nesting season.

The first recorded use of the airfield by the least terns was in the mid-1970s when the Navy began efforts to protect their nesting area from vehicle and personnel disturbance. Today, Alameda Point is one of California’s endangered species success stories.

Left to right: Norma Arnerich, Mayor Marie Gilmore and Anthony "Lil" Arnerich himself celebrated "Lil Arnerich Week" earlier this year.

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Laterals are pipes that connect a building’s plumbing to a sanitary sewer line. All too often these laterals crack or develop leaks.

Cracked laterals allow rainwater and groundwater to infiltrate the sewer system. Excess water in the system can overwhelm wastewater treatment facilities. This causes untreated or partially treated sewage to be released into San Francisco Bay.

Property owners, not the city, are responsible for maintaining these laterals. Beginning today the East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) will be making certain that property owners do just that.

Marie Gilmore, Lena Tam and Stewart Chen stepped off the political stage on Tuesday, Dec. 16, but not before the former mayor and former councilmembers cast their votes from the City Hall dais, giving their stamps of approval to Tim Lewis Communities’ (TLC) Del Monte Warehouse project.

The vote came at a specially scheduled meeting before Mayor Trish Spencer, Vice-Mayor Frank Matarrese and City Councilman Jim Oddie took their seats.

Joi Lin Blake

The Peralta Community College District board of trustees has appointed Dr. Joi Lin Blake as the next president of the College of Alameda.

Blake is currently the vice president of student services at Skyline College in San Bruno. She will start her job as college president on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Blake has a Bachelor of Arts degree in health science from San Francisco State University. She also holds a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in education from San Diego State University.