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

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.

The Alamedan assembled a group of community members to draft candidate questionnaires to make sure readers have all the information they need about local candidates and ballot measures before absentee voting begins Oct. 6. The members included Alison Greene, Richard Hausman, Audrey Lord-Hausman, Dave Hart, Ed Kofman, Bob Larsen and Vicki Sedlack

The Alameda Education Association (AEA) reiterates its support for the reelection of Mayor Marie Gilmore. She has been a strong advocate for public education and teachers in Alameda.

The association, which represents 540 teachers, counselors and nurses in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), is extremely disappointed by the decision of school board trustee Trish Herrera Spencer to campaign for mayor instead of focusing on the responsibilities of her current elected position.