EBMUD's Linney slated to address Rotary lunch

Doug Linney, Alameda's representative on the board of the East Bay Municipal Utility District, will speak at the Rotary Club of Alameda's lunch meeting on Tuesday about the drought and the district's plan for managing the shortage.

Linney will also talk about the recent agreement between Alameda and other cities with EBMUD and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to prevent sewage overflows from running directly into San Francisco Bay.

Linney has served on the EBMUD board since 2000 and represents Ward Five. Along with Alameda, the ward includes San Lorenzo, West Oakland, the Oakland Airport area and a portion of San Leandro.

The meeting will take place at the Grandview Pavilion, 300 Island Drive. The formal 30-minute meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the program will start at 1 p.m. The buffet meal is $20, and reservations are required. Contact Jerry Nussbaum at jerrynussbaum@sbcglobal.net or 510-522-6778 to make a reservation.

'Save Our City!' opposes school bond measure

The citizen's group "Save Our City!" has announced that it will actively campaign against Measure I, the Alameda Unified School District tax measure on the November ballot.

The $180 million tax bond measure will effectively double what people are now paying to support local schools as a result of a 2004 bond measure and a parcel tax, according to the group.


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"Alameda residents are tapped out -- they have no more money to give. Alameda families are being crushed by this growing 'student debt'," said David Howard, the group's treasurer, in an Aug. 13 release announcing its opposition. "The school district clearly cannot afford to maintain 17 campuses. This is proven by the fact that not even this super bond can fund all the improvements identified by the Facilities Master Plan."

Howard said Measure I also does not commit in advance how the bond money will be spent at each campus. "Instead, it leaves it to project-by-project votes by the board," he said. "Voters should vote 'No on I' and send the district back to the drawing board."

AEA backs re-election of Mayor Gilmore

The Alameda Education Association said it will support re-electing Mayor Marie Gilmore this November and that it's "extremely disappointed" that Alameda Unified School District Trustee Trish Spencer is challenging her.

The association represents 540 teachers, counselors and nurses in the district. Spencer's term on the school board will expire in 2016. She is the only candidate running against Gilmore.

The association said its members "invested heavily" when Spencer ran for the school board in 2012 and they want her to remain focused on the search for a new superintendent, the plans for implementing a possible school facilities bond and the preparations for labor negotiations with the district's teachers and staff.

"We believe that at this critical time Trustee Spencer's focus should be on improving Alameda's public education opportunities rather than seeking higher office," association President Audrey Hyman said.

Sierra Club supports Matarrese for council

The Sierra Club has endorsed former City Councilmember Frank Matarrese in his bid to return to the council in November.

Matarrese actively supported both recent citizen initiatives to protect park land in Alameda and recognizes the depth of the environmental and fiscal issues facing Alameda, including cleanup at Alameda Point, sea level rise and reconciling development with negative traffic consequences, according to the club. It announced the endorsement on Aug. 13.

Boys & Girls Club golf benefit set for Sept. 22

The Alameda Boys & Girls Club will host its 26th Annual "Swing for Great Futures Golf Classic" on Sept. 22 at the Sequoyah County Club in Oakland.

The cost for the tournament is $250 per person and includes lunch, dinner, wine, food on the course, golf and cart, plus a player's gift bag. The cost for just the dinner is $75.

The day's activities begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11 a.m. and then a "shotgun start" in a four-person scramble format at noon. No-host cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m., and dinner and awards will begin at 6 p.m.

Among the prizes, for the Hole-in-One contest, is a 2014 Toyota Highlander XLE valued at $37,130. For information, call 510-522-4900 ext. 101 or email info@alamedabgc.org.

Encinal Yacht Club holding car, truck show

The Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda will host "Rolling Back The Ages," its first car and truck show, on Sept. 20, and the organizers are currently registering vehicles from 1973 and older.

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature food, DJ and dance contest, a raffle and other activities. Registration is $25 with car staging taking place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Deadline for registration is Sept. 6.

For information, call Brooke Garcia at 408-391-0101 or email brookegarcia@sbcglobal.net. The club is at 1251 Pacific Marina.

OpenTable 'Top 100' list now includes Trabocco

Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails at Alameda South Shore Center has been named one of OpenTable's Top 100 Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in the United States.

The list highlights eateries that contribute to the character of their local communities and celebrates places diners return to time and again.

"The winning restaurants on this list are in many ways the heart and soul of their neighborhoods, offering much more than delicious meals," OpenTable's Caroline Potter said.

Founded by Alameda residents Chef Giuseppe Naccarelli, a native of Palombaro, Italy, and his wife, Christine, Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails offers classic Italian cuisine emphasizes locally sourced and organic ingredients. The restaurant is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday. For more information, go to www.trabocco.com.