News in Brief

City names new finance director

City Manager John Russo announced the appointment of Elena Adair as the city’s new finance director, Adair will assume the responsibility for direction of the city’s finance department and the development of the city’s $270 million budget.

She will oversee the finance department administration, accounting services, accounts payable, revenue, business license and payroll and a total of 10 employees.

Adair comes to Alameda from Stockton where she was the assistant director for administrative services. She is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in accounting and business administration from Saint Mary’s College.

Grant honors Monsef

The Rotary Club of Alameda has created a $15,000 community grant to honor Hadi Monsef, a Rotarian for 38 years who spent his volunteer time serving the community through Rotary-sponsored activities.

"Hadi devoted his time and energy to Rotary and its mission of ‘Service above Self,’" said Deb Knowles, President of the Rotary Club of Alameda. "Establishing this grant, Rotary acknowledges the commitment Hadi made to the community and hopes to inspire others to follow his example."

Applications for the Hadi Monsef Community Grant can be obtained by emailing Jeff Cambra at jeffcambra@earthlink.net. Grant applicants must be active 501(c)(3) non-profits that deliver services to Alameda residents. This is an equipment or product grant; no funds may be used for programs or administration. Completed applications are due on Friday, March 20.

Rotary meets every Tuesday starting at noon in the Grandview Pavilion, 300 Island Dr. The one-hour formal meeting and program begins at 12:30 p.m. Cost of the lunch is $20. For more information, contact Jerry Nussbaum at jerrynussbaum@sbcglobal.net.

Golf commissioner needed

The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the Golf Commission through June 30, 2018.

The Golf Commission was established to advise Council on operational policies and fees for the golf facilities, including the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. The commission meets the third Wednesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Golf Complex, 1 Clubhouse Memorial Road.

Application forms may be obtained from, and filed with, the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa ClaraAve., Room 380, or by calling 747-4800. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 31.

RAB confab set

The Navy’s Alameda Point Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting will meet this evening, Thursday, March 12. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at 950 W. Mall Square on Alameda Point. The public is welcome to attend to hear updates about the Navy’s cleanup and talk directly with the Navy and regulatory agency representatives.

On the agenda is a discussion of Site 32 next to the Oakland Estuary. The Navy plans to transfer the site, already zoned as open space, to the city. A regional park has been proposed for the area which includes this site.

Help reveal truth about Yelp

Alameda resident and documentary filmmaker Kaylie Milliken has announced a campaign to fund a documentary about the review website Yelp.com.

The investigative piece will delve into allegations of extortion, review manipulation, and fraudulent reviews written by Yelp employees. Milliken is launching a Kickstarter campaign for the film, which requires more funding to complete. The campaign launches Monday, March 16, online.

Milliken is a teacher at Lum Elementary School.