This is my 19th year at Alameda Little League and I have enjoyed every year immensely. We have a great community and a great environment for our kids to develop into strong people and that is Little League’s primary purpose. Little League is an international organization that has very detailed rules developed over many years of experience to improve the game, player safety, sportsmanship, and spectating. Read more >> about You said it: Cheering is OK
On the afternoon of May 7, just a few weeks before the tragic anniversary of the drowning death of Raymond Zack, Alameda police and firefighters responded to a call of swimmers in distress less than a half mile from where the 53-year-old Alameda man died. Within minutes, police were on the beach, and despite a lack of water rescue training, they stripped down and entered the shallow Bay water, buoys and bags in hand. Water-trained firefighters showed up shortly after that, rescuing the swimmers and transporting them to the local hospital. Read more >> about Today's news: A year after Zack drowning, public safety brass say they're ready
What is Alameda Unified School District’s greatest asset? District leadership will often remark that good teachers are its greatest asset. But where are teachers accounted for in the financial statements? Today they are classified as “expenses” on the income statement and “liabilities” on the balance sheet—not as an investable asset. Thus, when AUSD seeks to cut costs, it cuts teachers and teachers’ salaries, rather than investing in its greatest asset—teachers. Read more >> about You said it: Value teachers as an asset
On Thursday, May 17, the Otis PTA hosted an information session between Kirsten Vital, Alameda Unified School District superintendent, and Gray Harris, Alameda Education Association president. Each party was advocating their positions, which is course is why they were there. However, what struck me during this process is that all this arguing and advocating needs to stop going on in public. During the meeting, and subsequently in writing, I asked both parties to consider stopping everything that is going on in public; basically take the negotiations back behind closed doors. Read more >> about You said it: AUSD vs. AEA: It's got to stop
This week, city officials released 2011 salary data for hundreds of city employees. Some 50 city employees earned salaries and benefits totaling $200,000 or more. Police and fire managers held nine of the top 10 spots on the earnings chart, taking home more in pay and benefits than the directors of any other city department. Read more >> about Conversation piece: Are city employees paid too much?
Foreclosure filings are declining here in Alameda and across California, recent data show, though local real estate professionals said the numbers don't reflect a “shadow inventory” of homes with troubled mortgages and others lenders own but haven't put on the market.