The Alameda Country Registrar of Voters released its latest vote count at 5 p.m. Nov. 12. There were still an estimated 8,000 ballots remaining to be counted as of Tuesday, Nov. 13. The registrar’s office appears to be counting about 1,000 ballots per day. New information has tended to widen the gap in most races as it has been released.

In the race for Alameda Mayor, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft has a lead of 1,114 votes over next closest contender Trish Spencer. Ashcraft has 41.79 percent of the vote and Spencer, 37.29 percent. There were also 130 write-ins.

The races for Alameda Mayor and City Council have resulted in tight races, still too close to call. The tentative results which are still pending the counting of some 90,000 unprocessed mail-in ballots and an unknown number of walk-in, mail-in ballots, show Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft leading in the mayoral race by 213 votes.

Alameda has a new sister city in Dumaguete, which is in Negros Oriental in the Philippines. Manuel Sagarbarria, the mayor of Dumaguete, right, visited Alameda last Saturday. Above, Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese looks on as Mayor Trish Spencer receives a miniature Dumaguete Cathedral belfry, fashioned in Dumaguete of semi-precious stones. Dumaguete joins Alameda’s sister cities Lidingo, Sweden; Arita, Japan; and Wuxi, China.

On April 25 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Barpak, Nepal, about 110 miles northwest of the country’s capital city, Kathmandu. The quake and subsequent aftershocks wiped out Barpa. It has caused devastation far beyond the village at the shaker’s epicenter, affecting communities in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. The disaster is the worst to hit Nepal since the 8.1 Nepal-Bihar earthquake on Jan. 15, 1934. 

The temblor also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 19 people, making April 25 the deadliest day on Mount Everest in history.

Spencer builds on slim lead

2018 campaign spending analyzed

The City of Alameda City Clerk’s Office has released last month’s campaign statements from political figures seeking office in the city. 

The Dec. 5 Midway Shelter Run and Walk saw a special dedication to a long-time supporter of the Midway Shelter and special recognition of a new supporter who is rising through the ranks.

Officials dedicated this year’s run and walk to Harold Wondolleck. Wondolleck was a big supporter of the Midway Shelter having participated every year since 2000. He passed away on Thanksgiving Day and did his last walk for Midway in 2014 at the age of 93. (“Harold Wondolleck” obituary, Alameda Sun, Dec. 3).

Union boss calls Mayor Spencer, Councilman Daysog ‘derelicts’

On April 29 the city inked a memorandum of understanding to create an “Other Post-Employment Benefit” (OPEB) trust fund that would set aside and accumulate funds to cover payment of these benefits for sworn employees in the fire and police departments who pay into the trust and retire after Jan. 1, 2019. 

Spencer’s first wedding is special at the Alameda Sun

California Family Code 400.1 allows a mayor of a city to solemnize a marriage. Mayor Trish Spencer took advantage of that privilege for the first time last Thursday, Aug. 24, when she officiated as Carrie Beavers and her partner of 17 years Peter McCullough exchanged their wedding vows in the City Councl Chambers.

Let’s Move Alameda will be presenting a special one-hour walk with Mayor Trish Spencer on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. This walk is part of a series of community walks, Alameda Walks, taking place this summer and fall throughout neighborhoods of Alameda.

The walk starts and ends at Alameda Hospital. Walkers should meet at the main entrance of the hospital adjacent to the parking lot. The walk will meander down the shoreline and back around to the hospital. Children and all levels of walkers are invited.