Alameda

Lincoln Middle School students Juliana Chinzorig, 12, whose sign reads “There is no Planet B” and Katelyn Le, 12, with sign reading “Act as if our home is on fire, because it is!” attended the Oct. 12 City Council meeting to help bring awareness to human-caused climate change. The duo continued efforts begun by students internationally to bring attention to what younger generations see as a critical issue affecting their future.

The City of Alameda’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP), adopted in July, outlines plans to address environmental and climate resilience issues like sea-level rise, carbon emissions and droughts. Such plans aim to make Alameda a more sustainable and safe place to live, and remedy the effects of climate change whilst preventing further damage. Now fully developed, the proposal needs to be put into action.

On Sept. 20, in 120 countries, some 4 million people rallied at an estimated 2,500 climate strikes to demand action to prevent climate change. These rallies have been described as the largest youth-led global demonstration in history. Alameda Community Learning Center participated with a climate strike rally organized by student leaders. Students made posters and shared passionate speeches and poems, including one by Alameda Poet Laureate, Cathy Dana, titled “One Planet, Count ‘em, One.” 

One Planet, Count ’em: one
Cathy Dana

Alameda High School (AHS) once again has a marching band. AHS has not had a marching band since the early 1990s. The AHS Marching Band “The Sting” performed its first halftime show at the AHS Hornets football team home opener on Sept. 6. They also performed at the Island Bowl on Sept. 13, both at Thompson Field.  

How did this new marching band come to be? Back in the fall of 2016, parents Sue and Glenn Yajko attended AHS home football games and left very sad there was no band or any music to cheer on the Alameda Hornets.  

Thieves recently stole 50 bikes and safety gear from in front of Maya Lin School, where Cycles of Change was teaching bike safety. Cycles of Change works to help hundreds of children learn how to bike safely to school and in their neighborhoods. The Alameda Sun joins the City of Alameda in asking the community to set this right.

Bicycle donations are being accepted at:

APD reported four home break-ins last week with all burglars entering the residences through unlocked doors. 

Denis Cruz, a 23-year-old homeless man, broke into a home on Crolls Garden Court on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Cruz, according to reports, took a shower in the home while the homeowner was sleeping. The homeowner’s roommate noticed the shower was running for more than an hour. After becoming suspicious, he entered the bathroom to discover Cruz. The roommate called the police. Cruz was arrested and charged with felony residential burglary. 

Pasquale Scuderi is the new Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) superintendent. Scuderi has served the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) as the assistant superintendent from 2014 to 2017 and principal at Berkeley High School from 2010 to 2014. At its June 25 meeting, the AUSD Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Scuderi as the next superintendent. He came into office on July 8.

The Encinal High School (EHS) Jets football team used its defensive prowess to give previously unbeaten Skyline High (3-1) of Oakland its first loss on the season Friday, Sept. 20 at Stargell Field.

The Jets best offense in the non-conference bout was its defense. With its offense sputtering for much of the contest the Jets turned to its defense to put points on the board. The Jets forced five turnovers in the game. They returned three of those turnovers for touchdowns.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the city revised the agenda for the Tuesday, Oct. 1, City Council meeting. The revision added a closed-session item that concerns the Carnegie Library at 2264 Santa Clara Ave. and the adjoining Foster House at 1429 Oak St. 

According to the founder and team leader of Carnegie Innovation Hall, Michael Sturtz, the City Council has decided to renegotiate the lease agreement with his group. “This is creating unforeseen delays that could cause the project to be infeasible,” Sturtz said. 

An Alameda resident will retain access to his residence after the City Council passed new tenant protections for renters using government-aid vouchers to pay their rent. 

Musiy Rishin, 87, was notified Monday, Sept. 15, that Margaret Tam, his landlord at the Dunes Apartments at 2445 Shoreline Dr., ended her effort to evict him from his residence of more than 17 years. She dropped the effort after the passage of an urgency ordinance that added Section 8 protections to the city’s current rent ordinance at the Sept. 3 Council meeting. 

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