Alameda school trustee apologizes for DUI arrest; said she will not resign

Alameda school trustee Jennifer Williams apologized Tuesday night for her arrest last month for alleged drunk driving. Williams' comments came during the school board's meeting, and as her colleagues were calling for revisions to the board's bylaws regarding personal conduct. "I apologize for bringing this embarrassment to my family, and this board," Williams said. The … Continue reading Alameda school trustee apologizes for DUI arrest; said she will not resign

With low teacher pay, Alameda USD did polling for a parcel tax. The results are passable

Alamedans strongly believe their teachers are underpaid, but support for a proposed parcel tax measure on the March 2020 primary ballot is at or below the two-thirds majority required for it to be a success at the ballot box, according to a poll commissioned by the Alameda Unified School District. An early version of the … Continue reading With low teacher pay, Alameda USD did polling for a parcel tax. The results are passable

Alameda Unified tabs Berkeley administrator as new superintendent

Alameda Unified School District's search for its next superintendent didn't extend very far. The school board tabbed Berkeley Unified School District Associate Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi to lead Alameda schools. The announcement last week ends a somewhat quick hiring process after former Alameda Superintendent Sean McPhetridge announced last February he would leave the district at the … Continue reading Alameda Unified tabs Berkeley administrator as new superintendent

ALAMEDA: Cries of ‘power grab’ and racism as Mia Bonta is chosen school board president

Newly sworn-in Alameda school board member Mia Bonta was elected board president last week, but not before a highly contentious proposal approved the same night to change the board's bylaws for choosing its officers from a succession process used since 2015 to an election of the board. The move denied the elevation of  board member … Continue reading ALAMEDA: Cries of ‘power grab’ and racism as Mia Bonta is chosen school board president

ALAMEDA: McKereghan gets recall notice for disparaging spouse of departed school board member

Alameda school board member Anne McKereghan was pilloried on Wednesday by some board colleagues and members of the public for her recent disparaging comments about the spouse of Solana Henneberry, the former school president who passed away last year, and whom McKereghan replaced on the board. During the same meeting, McKereghan was served with a … Continue reading ALAMEDA: McKereghan gets recall notice for disparaging spouse of departed school board member

There’s going to be two Bontas on the ballot in Alameda next fall

Mialisa Bonta is the founder and CEO ofthe Oakland education non-profit LitLab.ALAMEDA--ELECTION 2018--Apparently, it's what political couples do for romance. Last Valentine's Day, Assemblymember Rob Bonta posted a photo on his Facebook page taken at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office. However, it wasn't Rob Bonta who was filing to run for office that … Continue reading There’s going to be two Bontas on the ballot in Alameda next fall

Alameda mayor takes heat from LGBTQ community; group gives back pride month proclamation

Some members of Alameda's LGBTQ communityprotesting a photo-op with Mayor Trish Spencer in the background to celebrating Pride Month.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILEight years after Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer voted against allowing same-sex curriculum in Alameda schools, members of the LGBTQ community showed up at City Council on Tuesday to reject her proclamation of Pride Month — and … Continue reading Alameda mayor takes heat from LGBTQ community; group gives back pride month proclamation

Alameda mayor trolls for votes from parents disgruntled over school closing

ALAMEDAElected officials don't usually weigh-in on controversial subject matter under the purview of another group of  officials within the same city. It's uncommon and almost verboten in local politics. Yet, Alameda’s unconventional Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer did so last week during a highly-charged Alameda school board on the indefinite closing an elementary school.The controversy at Lum Elementary is a somewhat … Continue reading Alameda mayor trolls for votes from parents disgruntled over school closing

Alameda school trustee Solana Henneberry passes away at age 44

Alameda School Board Trustee SolanaHenneberry was first elected in 2014.ALAMEDAAlameda School Board Trustee Solana Henneberry passed away Tuesday from breast cancer. She was 44.Henneberry won her first-term on the Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees in 2014 and served as president of the board in 2016. She also taught special education in the West … Continue reading Alameda school trustee Solana Henneberry passes away at age 44

Vella, Ashcraft win Alameda council seats; Daysog loses re-election

Malia Vella, a labor attorney and college instructor,was the first-place vote-getter in Alameda's City Council race Tuesday night.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |2016 ELECTION | Going into Election Day, labor and Democratic Party officials believed Alameda City Council candidate Malia Vella had put in enough work to win one of two open seats. They turned out to be … Continue reading Vella, Ashcraft win Alameda council seats; Daysog loses re-election

Five candidates on the ballot for two open Alameda City Council seats

ALAMEDA | The ballot is set in Alameda. Five candidates, including two incumbent city councilmembers will vie for a pair of seats on the Alameda City Council this November. In addition, races for city auditor and treasurer will be in play this fall.Unlike most parts of the East Bay where the filing deadline for candidates … Continue reading Five candidates on the ballot for two open Alameda City Council seats

Alameda has the coolest school board member in the East Bay

Newly-appointed Alameda School Trustee Gray Harris.ALAMEDA SCHOOL BOARD | Alameda’s newest school board member is striking at first glance. With a set of evenly placed tattoos from her shoulders to her elbows and two-toned shocks of blond and copper hair, Gray Harris draws attention. During an interview at a Park Street coffee shop in September, … Continue reading Alameda has the coolest school board member in the East Bay

Alameda’s Mayor Trish Spencer has overcome the odds many times before

ALAMEDA | Trish Herrera Spencer had been told that she couldn’t do something so many times before she pulled off the mammoth upset of Alameda’s incumbent mayor in November that the latest round of naysayers was almost imperceptible to her ears. As a second child of five children who arrived in the South Gate neighborhood … Continue reading Alameda’s Mayor Trish Spencer has overcome the odds many times before

A Seismic Political Shift Rattles Alameda

ALAMEDA | MAYOR | CITY COUNCIL | Alameda voters may have handed the city's status quo a series of humbling defeats Tuesday night. Opponents of the city's development plans loudly registered their voice at the ballot box during an election that could upend first-term Mayor Marie Gilmore's shot at re-election. Other members of the city's … Continue reading A Seismic Political Shift Rattles Alameda