AEA endorses Spencer, Kahn and Murphy
The Alameda Education Association, the union which represents the Island's public school teachers, has thrown its support behind Trish Herrera Spencer, Barbara Kahn and Jon Murphy in their bids to secure seats on the board of the Alameda Unified School District.
"We are excited about our upcoming campaign kickoff for these three outstanding advocates for students and education in Alameda," union President Gray Harris said. "We look forward to working together with the community to support Trish, Barbara and Jon for Alameda school board."
The campaign kickoff is 11 a.m. Sept. 8, in front of 2200 Central Ave., between Oak and Walnut streets.
Incumbent Spencer is a parent, attorney and proven advocate for students and education, according to the union, which has 524 members.
Kahn, a parent and grandmother, has been active in Alameda schools for more than 50 years.
The union said it endorsed Kahn because she plans to focus on "what is truly important in a school district -- students, teaching and learning."
Murphy teaches nursing at Merritt College, serves as co-chair of the California Community College Budget Committee, and just completed his doctorate in educational leadership.
"Jon is excited about students achieving their highest potential in a district where parents, teachers and staff can work collaboratively," the union said.
Art exhibit set for Alameda Free Library
Local artist Lila Wahrhaftig will present her exhibit, "Paper -- Medium of Money, Medium of Art," Sept. 2-29, on the second floor of the Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St.
The exhibit features prints, sculpture and books.
"Travels of an Artist," a reception and programs also will be held as part of the exhibit 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 12 in the library's Regina K. Stafford meeting room.
Wahrhaftig grew up in the high deserts of West Texas and Arizona and has been inspired by the Sinai Desert, Baja California and the Sonoran Desert for many of her art works. A graduate of Holy Names University, her work has been shown around the world and is included in several major public collections.
Sept. 19 fundraiser planned for Measure D
The Dragon Rouge Restaurant, 2337 Blanding Ave., at the foot of the Park Street Bridge, will be the site for a campaign kickoff and fundraiser 5:3 -8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 for a ballot measure that aims to protect local parks and open space.
Measure D, on the November ballot, would require a vote by the people for city officials to sell or swap any park or land at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.
Cost is $20 and the event will feature wine, hors d'oveuvres, live music and prizes available for bidding. Protect Our Alameda Parks, a group campaigning for Measure D, is hosting the event.