News in Brief

Rally This Sunday

A rally with the theme "Black Lives Matter" will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., this Sunday, Dec. 14, in front of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

Black Lives Matter is a movement created as a July 2013 call to action after a jury acquitted George Zimmer of the 2012 murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Two other incidents have fueled the movement: a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the choking death of Eric Garner in New York City while a police officer had him in a choke hold.

Organizers ask that participants bring signs.

Park District Requests
Lawsuit Dismissal

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) announced on Tuesday that it has filed a request with the Alameda County Superior Court to dismiss its lawsuit against the city of Alameda. The lawsuit challenged the city’s residential zoning of 3.9-acres of federally owned property on McKay Avenue.

The district initiated the suit after the City Council approved zoning which would have allowed up to 129 homes on the property. Last month developer Tim Lewis Communities announced that it was no longer interested in purchasing the property.

"We are glad this lawsuit with the City of Alameda has been resolved and that there is a general consensus that the federal property should become parkland if it can be acquired from the General Services Administration," said Robert Doyle, EBRPD general manager said.

Help Raise Funds
for Upgrade to Police Gym

The Alameda Police Officers Association (APOA) will be donating its old, but refurbished gym equipment to Encinal High School this Tuesday, Dec. 16.

In the article, ("Funds Sought to Upgrade Police Weight Room," Nov. 27) the APOA discussed its plans to purchase new weight room equipment, while refurbishing then donating its old weight sets to Encinal. The donated equipment includes a pulley apparatus, a bench set and other items.

The plan was to raise enough money by the end of the year to purchase new equipment, then donate the equipment sometime later. However, according to the APOA president Alan Kuboyama, the plan is moving along much faster than APOA expected.

"Thanks to the responses we have received from the community, we have decided to complete this transfer sooner than
expected," he said.

Jeffery Emmitt is coordinating the transfer, according to Kuboyama. The transfer is scheduled to take place between noon and 6 p.m. 

McGee’s Bar & Grill is holding a fundraiser for the APOA this Tuesday, Dec. 16, to help the
association raise money for new gym equipment.

McGee’s located at 1645 Park St. They can be reached at 522-3470.

Wood Students Participate in ‘Hour of Code’

Students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Wood Middle School recently took part in the "Hour of Code." The program is part of a global movement aimed at demystifying computer programming. The students at Wood spent their science classes learning to code simple games. "They’re working independently and collaboratively," said Pamela Schaffer, a science teacher at the school. "Plus they’re developing problem-solving skills."

Learn more about the movement and try your own hand at coding, at