Alameda Budget Approved With No Cuts
News of Interest to Alamedans
Budget Approved The council approved a $188 million budget for the new fiscal year, the first in three years that didn’t cut other budgets.
Body Cams Looks like the police will get 80 body cameras. The city council has to devise a usage policy, but supported Police Chief Paul J. Rolleri’s request for $425,753 for cameras made by Taser International and use of the company’s data storage and management services.
In Jest or Not? Popular Encinal geometry teacher Wing-Wah Leung was placed on leave for reportedly offering extra credit to students who took selfies with their parents’ sex props. Two parents brought the matter to the district’s attention after their kids mentioned the “joke” to another party.
Teacher Accord Teachers and the district reached a tentative one-year agreement providing a 4 percent pay raise in the fall. Plus, the district agreed to pay more for pensions.
Old Alamedan One of the founding members of the Old Alamedans, three-term mayor William McCall, died at 101. The lifelong Alamedan led the effort to build Alameda South Shore Center, ran for county supervisor, and tried to represent the East Bay as a GOP assemblyman.
Champion Gone Longtime teacher, administrator, and second-term school board member Nielsen Tam died of leukemia at 69. Colleagues and friends praised his dedication to education, particularly special education, and remembered him as a deep-thinking caring individual who put students first in his multiple decades of service.
Senior Housing Affordable senior housing next to the Del Monte warehouse inched ahead with planning board support. As part of that development, Tim Lewis Communities will build 55 units of affordable housing.
New Digs Iconic Pagano’s Hardware Mart has moved to Neptune Plaza. Customers can now find the store, a longtime West End fixture, at Central Avenue near Webster Street.
Skater Remembered The skateboarding community honored Clay “C-Bone” Harding, victim of a fatal combination of alcohol and prescription drugs, with a tournament at the City View Skate Park. The event raised funds for park improvements.
—Judith M. Gallman