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Negotiators for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and the Alameda Education Association (AEA) reached a tentative agreement Thursday, Dec. 20, in negotiations over salary and other contract considerations. 

Under the terms of the one-year agreement, members of the AEA, which represents teachers, nurses, speech and language pathologists, as well as counselors, will receive a 4.5 percent salary increase. 

Pictured above (not necessarily left to right) are: Will Durst and his merry band of pranksters: famed political comic Durst himself, notorious raconteur Johnny Steele, major award-winner Debi Durst, Captain Syntax Michael Bossier, the glamorous Mari Magaloni and — last but not least — the beguiling, yet troubled, Arthur Gaus, Esq.

This motley band will appear 7 p.m. sharp, Friday evening, Jan. 3, at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., with their end-of-the-year comedy extravaganza. 

Looking back on Alameda’s news the last 52 weeks

Part 1: January thru June

Jim Franz ‘Retires’
The year began with the city giving Jim Franz, aka the “Energizer Bunny,” a royal send off. Franz moved to Alameda in 1981, where he got a job with the Red Cross and volunteered to sit on Alameda’s Social Service Human Relations Board. 

His involvement in community affairs so impressed his fellow Island City dwellers that they named him “Man of the Year” and “Humanitarian of the Year.” 

Alameda natives accomplished many athletic feats in 2018. Here’s part one of a two-part series looking back at some of the great athletic exploits from Alamedans in 2018.  

The 45th annual Alameda Elks Hoop Shoots City finals kicked off 2018 on Jan. 5. Isaiah Croxton and Mia Wong won the boys’ and girls’ eight- to nine-year-old division; Jack Omarra and Isabelle Lu won the boys’ and girls’ 10- to 11-year-old division; and Kaim Hajjem and Jayden Banaria won the boys’ and girls’ 12- to 13-year-old division. 

Outgoing Council wraps up business as new Council waits in the wings

At its final meeting next Tuesday, Dec. 18, the outgoing City Council with Mayor Trish Spencer at the helm, is scheduled to vote on the final passage of three ordinances. This meeting is scheduled to begin with a consideration of two financial reports at special meeting of the City Council and the successor agency to the Community Improvement Commission at 5 p.m. 

The Council will then hold its regular meeting to decide, among other items: