This summer is a season of change in Alameda Unified School District. As many of you have heard, our superintendent, Kirsten Vital, has resigned her position as of August 1 to become the new superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District. Ms. Vital has served our students and families for nearly six years. We thank her for her strong instructional work to improve the teaching and learning for all of our children. Please join us at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at the Elks Lodge Rathskellar for a farewell reception to honor Ms. Vital’s work and to wish her well in her new position!

Here's a poem of celebration to thank the many Alameda residents who enthusiastically cheered the Alameda Gay Pride Float entry in the Fourth of July parade.

Ron Cowan’s Harbor Bay Isle Associates (HBIA) continues its push to move the Harbor Bay Club. Its recent campaign at City Hall implies that Harbor Bay Neighbors opposes the building of a new Harbor Bay Club.

As a member of Harbor Bay Neighbors, which is in opposition to moving the Harbor Bay Club from its 35+ year location in order to build homes or a hotel, I frequently hear misconceptions and untruths that have been accepted as fact. I'd like to take this opportunity to set the record straight.

Bishop Barber:

As a Jesuit-educated Catholic, I have reacted with horror at your recent requirement to have teachers and employees in Diocesan schools sign a contract with faith and morals clauses.

While some communities around San Francisco Bay are looking beyond a landscape of pavement to better the natural environment, city staff have decided to shelve a plan for creating wetlands at Alameda Point. Why? Because they’d rather earn lease revenue from a few buildings.

I’m writing to express a concern of mine that affects may teachers.

On May 22nd The Alamedan published a “Vital Statistics” piece on the graduation rates for Alameda public high schools, including our city’s charter schools. While not precisely inaccurate, the stats for Nea Community Learning Center were misleading.

Dear Vice-Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft:

It was troubling to hear you say, at Tuesday's council meeting, that you "could not follow (my) argument."

I’m writing to express my thanks to Superintendent Vital and the AUSD School Board for their approval of a long-term lease of the Woodstock campus.