News in Brief

News in Brief

Girls Inc. Announces Scholarship Winners
Alameda High School (AHS) junior Luna Cristales recently received a $5,000 Girls Inc. national college scholarship. National scholars are outstanding young women selected for exemplifying the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. This year, the Girls Inc. national organization awarded 28 high school girls scholarships for educational expenses at any accredited college or university. Cristales is the seventh national scholar at Girls Inc. of the Island City.

Twin sisters and Alameda High School alumnae Jill and Joan Barcelona each won a $5,000 Girls Inc. scholarship. The twins are sophomores at U.C. Berkeley. The Girls Inc. alumnae collegiate scholarship program provides college women and former Girls Inc. participants with scholarships to continue pursuing higher education. 

Girls Inc. has awarded more than $4.2 million in scholarships since 1993.

Money, Politics in Alameda 
On Thursday, June 26, the League of Women Voters of Alameda will host a panel discussion about the need for local campaign finance reform. Attorney Harry Berezin, who specializes in state and national campaign finance issues will join Jay Costa and Irma Glidden.

Costa is the program director of Maplight, a nonprofit that tracks campaign contribution. Glidden is Alameda’s assistant city clerk.

The discussion will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Community Center of Harbor Bay Isle, 3195 Mecartney Road. To learn more call 869-4969, email or visit