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Alameda Elections: 31 Days and Counting

Tiki Tom’s may have burned down Thursday across the estuary, but it’s still real hot on the Island.

The red, gold and black political mailers that arrived this week call attention to concerns over “red flags” at City Hall, namely Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant, aka ICM.

The mailer was put out by SCC Alameda Point LLC, aka SunCal, who is suing the city over the ending of its exclusive negotiating arrangements and development at Alameda Point.

SunCal’s also set up a website about Gallant, which doesn’t offer any new information or documents to substantiate points in its mailer.

It does point to the city’s investigation of councilwoman Lena Tam as a “personal vendetta” and asks residents to call Mayor Beverly Johnson to see how she defends the ICM.

But it doesn’t go so far as to tell voters who SunCal would like us to elect on November 2 ….

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A separate mailing takes a different tack at voters: It highlights photos of a cool sailboat cruising along with no captain but flying a sail that says “leadership at the helm.”

The flyer is for Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft for City Council.

But this mailing has this blogger asking: Why hasn’t Ashcraft been more visible as a candidate before now? Has there been some media/public relations leadership missing at the campaign’s helm?

(The same can be said of some other campaigns around town, for sure …)

She’s got Neil Tam of the board of education and Billl Sonneman of the Alameda Education Foundation’s support, fyi.

Posted on Saturday, October 9th, 2010
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Alameda School’s Fund-Raiser Set for Oct. 10

AEF Millie Fund Raiser

Alameda artist Jean-Marie Bouin and a group of other community members will be at Millie’s Hair Salon, 2406 Lincoln Avenue, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 10, for a special Alameda Education Foundation fund-raising event.

Millie Luz, owner of Millie’s Hair Salon, is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of her business in style. “It should be lots of fun, and I’m getting lots of local support,” said Luz, a long-time Alameda resident.

In addition to Bouin, other artists and photographers — such as Becky Calandri, Sheila Patterson and Pamela Thompson — will give 10 percent of sales to AEF, as will Deborah Porterfield of A Touch of Class Jewelers.

Luz says that her goal is to raise enough money to support (or “adopt”) four classrooms in need of supplies and other resources: a kindergarten and fourth-grade class at Lum School, a class at Haight School and one other class within the Alameda Unified School District. (It takes $500 to adopt a class.)

The hair stylist is asking guests to share $10 for the event. In return, each guest will get a glass of wine or beer and a raffle ticket.

The top raffle prize is a blue, red or black Jonway YY-50 scooter, donated by Yousuf Osmani of Scooter Importer on Park Street. (Both Osmani and Luz are graduates of Alameda High School).

Speisekammer Restaurant owners Cindy Johnson Kahl and Peter Johnson are giving coupons for more than 50 beers for the party; their daughter Darla is in fourth grade at Haight. Neil Doerr of Epic Wines is providing some bottles of his product line, and Ching Hua Restaurant is giving wine, as well.

Other donors include Chef Ian Libberton of the Hyatt Regency Sacramento and sous chef Casandra Szalkiewicz of Alameda, who plan to open Kokopelli Café on the Island; they are giving a gourmet meal for the auction. For the party itself, local baker Kathryn Le is sharing a sampling of cupcakes.

Stylists Angelina Maloney, Fufu Musleh and Luz are auctioning several Brazilian Blowouts hair treatments during the event.

“Millie is a fantastic person when it comes to giving and causes,” shared Porterfield. “Anything she’s involved in, I love to get involved with, too.”

Posted on Saturday, October 9th, 2010
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Alameda Hosts Women’s Sailing Event

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This weekend, Alameda’s Island Yacht Club is hosting the 18th-annual Northern California Women’s Sailing Seminar.

According to the group, the Womenʼs Sailing Seminar was created and founded in 1993 by Mary Quigley and Linda Newland after they attended a womenʼs sailing seminar down south.

This year’s keynote speaker is Shana Bagley, who has just returned from crewing aboard the yacht California in the prestigious Clipper Round the World ’09-’10 race in September. She traveled from England to France and on to Brazil, crossing the Atlantic and the equator.

The event includes two days of workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, one raffle ticket, a registration packet, a visor, a bag filled with goodies from the event sponsors and Sunday sailing.

According to the organizers, WSS is made possible by the generous donations of instructors, boat owners and sponsors.

With this weekend’s great weather, the event should be a lot of fun and a great educational experience for all participants.

And for those women sailors who couldn’t get to the docks for this weekend’s event, be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s WSS!

Posted on Saturday, October 9th, 2010
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