Alameda News

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."

It’s time to sign up for this year’s Ralph Appezzato Charity Event (R.A.C.E.), which takes place just before the Fourth of July Parade, Saturday, July 4.

The first 300 to register will receive free race T-shirts. Last year more than 550 runners and walkers participated in the event. This year Mayor Trish Spencer will be one of the participants.

The top-three men and top-three women in four age categories — 18 and under; 19 to 35; 36 to 49; and 50-plus. The race is a five-kilometer (3.1 mile) run/walk through Alameda.

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.

The City Council took up the issue of body cameras for the Alameda Police Department (APD) on Tuesday. Councilmembers also discussed access to a system that that store the video the cameras record.

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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.