Alameda News

Alameda Island Poets’ monthly free reading Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., will celebrate Black History Month with local poets Amos White and Wanda Sabir. 

White is an award-winning American haiku poet, author, producer, director and activist, recognized for his vivid literary imagery and breathless poetic interpretations. He has been published in several national and international reviews and anthologies. 

Educators in this city are lowest paid in Alameda County

The Alameda Education Association (AEA), the union that represents teachers in Alameda’s public school system, began reaching out to businesses along Park and Webster streets on Tuesday. Teachers wearing red T-shirts visited shops in the city’s two major business districts. They asked the business owners to post AEA signs in their windows. The signs feature an anchor, the teachers’ campaign logo.

Natel, a company at Alameda Point, is developing small-scale turbines that can harness water flow to produce electricity without a dam. Rivers have been harnessed for the production of electricity since 1882. That’s when the world’s first hydroelectric dam was built across the Fox River in Appleton, Wisc. But dams are costly public works projects with negative environmental consequences, including the flooding of vast watersheds and blocking fish migration. 

The Alameda Race Violence Task Force and the Alameda NAACP Organizing Committee chose “Now is the Time” as the theme for last Monday’s 39th annual Martin Luther King Service Day celebration. Marchers gathered at noon at Haight Elementary School, where a movement is afoot to rename the school to better suit modern-day values. 

Many in the community feel that the school’s present-day namesake, Henry Huntly Haight, who served as the governor of California from 1868 to 1872 and lived in Alameda, does not represent those values. (“Elementary School Renaming in Works,” Dec. 21). 

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