Staff at the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department had an unprecedented number of visitors to this year’s Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest held last Saturday (above). Among the 425 total people competing, 47 were sand castle architects and 55 were sand sculptors.
The Sand Castle Best of Show award went to Brent, Marcie, Elias, Sam, Maitren, Bode and Camela of Oakland. Sand Sculpture Best of Show award went to the Nguyen Family of San Jose for "Goldfish."
The school district announced on Tuesday that its negotiators have reached a tentative agreement with the teachers’ union.
The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and the Alameda Education Association (AEA), which represents the teachers have agreed on an ongoing 4 percent raise in salary starting with the next school year.
Negotiations began last Nov. 18, when both sides unveiled their respective contract proposals. The district and the union began formal negotiations in January, meeting 15 times.
On Tuesday, June 2, the City Council will vote to approve the Alameda Police Department’s (APD) budget. Approval would include cutting funding for high school resource officers. Mayor Trish Spencer has said at previous city council meetings regarding the city’s budget that there is a projected 1.4 percent deficit for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
For APD Chief Paul Rolleri, this 1.4 percent cut from his department proposed by Spencer would have to come from his officers stationed at Alameda and Encinal high schools.