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Alameda Friends of the Parks Foundation, the nonprofit organization that supports the parks and the programs that utilize the parks, announced the election of Lena Tam to its board of directors and Mario Mariani to its advisory council.

Tam manages water-resource planning for the East Bay Municipal Utility District. She served on the City Council from 2006 to 2014, including a stint as vice-mayor in 2006. Mariani is a Realtor with Gallagher & Lindsey, Inc.

As the second quarter of 2014 drew to a close on June 30, the city’s coffers contained almost $300,000 more in sales-tax revenue than they did on June 30, 2013, the latest figures show. The city’s share of sales-tax revenue from April to June 2013 amounted to $1.67 million; revenue during the same period last year equaled $1.97 million, a 17.9 percent increase.

One woman’s dream is becoming reality. Jean Sweeney — "The Little Engine that Could," a fellow journalist called her — is no doubt smiling to see that dream take shape. The city announced last week that Tim Lewis Communities (TLC) would be giving the city $2 million to help develop Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.

The public has a chance for an up-close and personal look at plans for "Site A" at Alameda Point. The city is hosting a confab from 6 to 8 p.m., this evening, Thursday, Jan. 29, at Callahan Piano Service, 1800 Ferry Point. The city has scheduled no public presentation so visitors can drop by anytime.

Members of the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) school board are in the process of selecting someone to fill the seat vacated by Mayor Trish Spencer. Last week the board selected the 10 candidates they will invite to take the next step.

At a special Jan. 22 meeting at Island High School, board members listened to public comments and heard personal statements from the 19 applicants for the seat. The board then chose 10 of 19 candidates to return for a second round of questioning next Tuesday.

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