Alameda Journal highlights

You can find the Alameda Journal article about the new theatre’s gala opening here. And you can also read Journal Editor Connie Rux’s tribute to the restoration. The schedule for this weekend’s opening events, which includes free showings of classic movies, is here.

And it sounds like, despite all the grumblings of the past, many people are enjoying the idea of having a beautiful place to see movies in town. I even chanced to hear one woman say to her a friend as they walked by me on Park Street the other day, “I was against it, but now that it’s here I’m kind of glad.” I think I’ll be taking my kids to the show this weekend.

It’s also nice to see a letter from nine-year-old Ruby Siltanen running in the Journal this week. The Paden Elementary third grader lists her top ten reasons for supporting Measure H (which, as you know I, too, fully support). Ruby writes, “Kids are worth paying $10 a month for four years.” And, too, “A lot of kids in elementary would like to play sports when they get into middle and high school.”

Ian Merrifield, Encinal’s student body president who was active in the school protests in March, has an editorial in support of Measure H . He writes, “There is no Alamedan who can claim that she is independent from the success of AUSD. Quality schools boost property values, reduce crime rates and enrich the local economy…”

Jeffrey Smith, an Encinal High School math teacher, has a “con” piece running in today’s paper, which concludes with a somewhat befuddling series of questions, “Should this extortion be titled Measure H, Proposition H or Preparation H?”


  • http://www.johnknoxwhite.com John Knox White

    Mr. Smith’s column was most perplexing in the lack of answers it included. As one who claims to know where cost savings are hidden, his case would be stronger if he could include examples (and dare I suggest even costs associated with them) that would bring the district to where he thinks it should be.

    He utopian dream appears to be teachers doing whatever they want as long as they feel it’s right. It’s heartening to hear that his students perform well, kudos to him. I would be interested in understanding how he would actually envision the school operating and being accountable to people of the district in whatever 21st century proposal he has designed in his mind.

  • Ian Merrifield

    Hahaha. Just imagine sitting in his class everyday! I get these kinds of arguments all of the time.

    I think that the problem with that mode of thinking is that it assumes that if you don’t personally see the tangible effects of what a person is doing, you think that they must not be doing anything, and are therefore expendable.

    I made a point in my article that I think refutes most of his points, which is that even if we were to go to this “utopian” dream that he has, where teachers teach completely independent from the district, we’d still only be cutting $3.5 million, not enough to make up for this years cuts alone, not to mention the cuts that we may be seing in the next year or two.