News in Brief

Brown reappoints Johnson

The office of Gov. Jerry Brown announced that Brown has reappointed former mayor Beverly Johnson to the office of deputy director at the Office of Administrative Law at the California Government Operations Agency. Johnson has held the position since Brown appointed her in 2012.

Johnson served as Alameda’s mayor from 2002 to 2010. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation. If confirmed, Johnson will receive an annual salary of $130,524.

Meetings cover plans for Clement Ave., Site A at Point

The city is hosting a pair of meetings to update the community on its plans for Alameda Point and Clement Avenue.

The city invites the public to Callahan’s Piano, 1800 Ferry Point, to see and discuss plans for Site A. This confab will be held Thursday, Jan. 29. There is no formal presentation; the community can stop by anytime between 6 and 8 p.m.

The development team Alameda Point Partners will be there to discuss ideas and drawings of the first step in transforming this 68-acre parcel into a mixed-use neighborhood. ("Point Gateway Plan Begins Taking Shape," Jan.15).

The city’s Public Works Department invites community involvement in its proposal to improve Clement Avenue between Broadway and Grand Street. Improvements may include removing the abandoned Alameda Beltline Railroad tracks, installing a bikeway and enhancing pedestrian access.

Those unable to attend a meeting can participate in an online forum at They can read what others are saying and post their own ideas or comments, which the city will incorporate in the decision process. Other workshops are scheduled for March and April.

The plan is currently on the Transportation Commission’s agenda. The commission will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. The commission invites the community to comment on the project. To receive updates about the project by email or to be added to the Transportation Commission’s email list, send an email to Gail Payne at

Residents can also follow the project at

Alameda Spelling Bee set

The Alameda Elementary Spelling Bee, a new event just getting underway has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Otis Elementary School, 3010 Fillmore St. (adjacent to Krusi Park).

All participants must be in the fourth, fifth or sixth grades and live in the city of Alameda.

Prizes will be given to the winning spellers. In addition, the top five students will be sponsored to participate in the Alameda County Spelling Bee, to be held on Saturday, March 14, in Castro Valley. Winners of the Alameda County Bee will be sponsored to participate in the California State Spelling Bee, to be held on Saturday, April 18, in Stockton.

The Alameda Sun, Alameda’s only locally owned and operated newspaper, will be the event’s lead sponsor.

This event needs students and parents to participate in order to be a success. To register your child, visit the registration page at

For more information or to volunteer for this event, write to