Alameda in brief
Girls Inc. holds mock election
Girls ages 6-18 participating in Girls Inc. of the Island City’s “She Votes” mock election selected Marie Gilmore as mayor of the City of Alameda and Jerry Brown as governor. They also voted overwhelmingly to allow soda machines in schools, with that measure winning 32 votes to 21.
Tony Daysog placed second in the mayoral election, followed by Kenneth Kahn, Frank Matarrese and Doug deHaan. Laura Wells was a close second in the gubernatorial contest, followed by Meg Whitman and Dale Ogden.
The girls followed up the October 26 election by hoisting signs on Election Day encouraging people to vote.
The national “She Votes” program got off the ground in 2004.
Hospital board to discuss seismic repair budget, CEO pay
Alameda’s Health Care District board of directors is set to approve a $10.3 million budget for making state-mandated seismic upgrades at a special meeting Monday night. They are also set to okay a pay package for Chief Executive Office Deborah Stebbins.
A staff report on the seismic upgrade budget didn’t say where the money to pay for the upgrades would come from, though Stebbins has said she hopes to secure a loan from the state.
If approved by the board, Stebbins’ base salary would be $293,550. The board is considering a three-year contract.
Bus service cuts meeting is tonight
The Alameda Multicultural Community Center is hosting a West End community meeting on proposed cuts to AC Transit’s bus service. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the center, which is at 501 Lincoln Avenue, Building A, room 6.
AC Transit is proposing to eliminate weekend service across Alameda and also service past midnight starting on December 19 in order to help balance its budget. An analysis of the proposed cuts is being made and is set to be presented to the bus service’s board of directors on November 17.
For more information, contact the Multicultural Center at 521-9405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMP offering free home energy audits
Alameda Municipal Power is partnering with California Youth Energy Services and Alternatives in Action to offer free home energy audits. A dozen local youth have been trained to conduct the “Green House Call” audits, where they will identify energy and water-saving measures and install things like compact fluorescent light bulbs, faucet aerators, shower heads and clotheslines.
The aim of the program is to lower utility bills and to help residents learn how to conserve energy, organizers say. The East Bay Municipal Utility District and Pacific Gas & Electric are also partners in the program.
Anyone interested in receiving one of the free energy audits can register online or e-mail AMP’s Ana Espinoza at AnaEspinoza000@gmail.com.
Temple Israel holds holiday expo
Temple Israel is holding a Holiday Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, November 14 in the social hall of the temple, which is at 3183 Mecartney Road. Admission is free.
Over 30 vendors, including local artists, authors and home-based business owners, are expected to participate. The vendor list will include such companies as Lauratas, Scentsy Candles, CutCo Knives, Discovery Toys, Color Me Mine, Body by M, Arbonne, USbourne Books, Tupperware and Avon.
Items for sale will include ceramics, Judaica, jewelry, Paris-themed items, toys, purses, handmade coffee sleeves, baked goods, cosmetics, greeting cards, handmade soaps and lotions, knitted items and art made from recycled items. Additional items for sale include a wide selection of gift cards, Temple Israel’s 90th Anniversary Cookbook and the 2011 edition of the popular Chinook Book (previously, EcoMetro Guide).
Attendees are also invited to bring non-perishable food or canned goods for the Alameda Food Bank. Attendees will receive a door prize ticket for their food drive donation.
Kiwanis honor Alameda firefighters
Kiwanis Club of Alameda honored local firefighters on October 27 at an Alameda Fire Department Tribute Luncheon. The event was held at the Rathskellar of the Alameda Elks Lodge. The luncheon honors Alameda Firefighters and staff who serve the community with excellence, and who risk their lives in the course of their duties.
Special recognition was offered to eight new firefighter recruits who recently completed their training at the Alameda Firefighter Academy. Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson presented a city proclamation to acting Fire Chief Mike Fisher while Alameda Kiwanis President Scott MacAskill presented Fisher a Kiwanis of Alameda plaque acknowledging the dedicated service of our firefighters.