New City Council, School Board Take Shape

With results in from the Nov. 6 election, it looks like Planning Board member Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, with 25% of the vote (8,364) has earned herself a seat on the Alameda City Council.

Another seat should be going to Tony Daysog, who served on the council from 1996 to 2006. He had about 18% of the unofficial vote count, or 6,016.

A third council seat may open up, if Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta holds his narrow lead over Abel Guillen to represent the state Assembly’s 18th District. Bonta now leads with 51% to Guillen’s 49% in a tight race.

If Bonta gets the seat once results are made official, council candidate Stewart Chen – with 17% of the vote (5,640) would get the third open slot.

In the race for seats on the board of the Alameda Unified School Board, two incumbents and a newcomer had secured slots in unofficial results: Trish Spencer and Nielsen Tam will return for another term; they will be joined by Barbara Kahn.

Spencer got about 21% of the vote, followed by Kahn with some 17%. Tam received about 14%.

Incumbent Ron Mooney failed to get re-elected with 9% of the vote.

Spencer was the only incumbent who had the support of the teachers’ union. Kahn also enjoyed this group’s backing.


Veterans-Themed Events Coming Up at USS Hornet

From Nov.5 to 11, staff and volunteers at the USS Hornet at Alameda Point will be celebrating Veterans Week.

During this period, American military veterans with valid ID will receive complimentary admission to the USS Hornet Museum in recognition of their service to our country. Discounted admission coupons will be accepted for other guests.

A special tribute to veterans is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.10, at which time all military veterans will be honored during a unique ceremony.

The Nov. 10 event is set to includes a Neil Armstrong remembrance, featuring Dr. William Carpentier, the NASA flight surgeon assigned to the Apollo 11 mission, who worked closely with the three astronauts and became well-acquainted with Armstrong. He will share some never-before-revealed personal memories of his interaction with the late astronaut and American hero, according to USS Hornet staff.

Former NASA astronaut Dan Bursch will also be a guest. He plans to speak on what the Apollo moon landings meant to the U.S. and to the world. Other highlights will be the unveiling of the recently renovated Apollo Exhibit, as well as an historic aircraft flyover (weather permitting) of Nanchang CJ-6As, and a wreath-tossing ceremony.

Discounted admission coupons will be accepted for the Nov. 10 festivities.


Senior Veterans’ Ball Set for Nov. 9

Veteran’s Day is coming up, and senior residents of the Island are invited to attend the second-annual Veterans Ball at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at Waters Edge Lodge, 801 Island Dr.

At the event, a color guard will perform a flag ceremony and the Franz and Nichols Band will entertain guests. Community members are urged to attend to enjoy music, dancing and refreshments, event organizers say.

To RSVP, call 510-748-4300 and speak with activities director Brittany at Water’s Edge. And for more details, dial the same number and ask to speak to Cheryl Champ or send e-mail to Cheryl@alamedaelder.com.


Alameda-based Artemis Launches AC72

Alameda-based Artemis Racing said it launched its first AC72 on Saturday, Nov. 3. The team says the launch came after thousands of design and build hours, and the vessel includes the latest technology and materials.

The main VIP at the event was Barbro Osher, consul general of Sweden in San Francisco and “godmother” of Artemis.

Team Artemis, the America’s Cup challenger of record, had the hulls built in Sweden. The hulls were then trucked to Valencia, Spain, and then put on a cargo ship headed to to San Francisco, which arrived in August.

The team says its first AC72 wing “suffered significant damage in May during training” in Spain, and the wing — or large sail that powers the AC72 — was completely rebuilt.

“We are extremely excited to get out sailing with this first boat and the learning opportunity that it represents,” said Juan Kouyoumidjian, who led the team designing and constructed the first of two AC72s in Valencia. “Sailing here, in the realities of San Francisco Bay, makes the lessons hard, but extremely relevant.”

The first day of sailing for the Swedish team is likely to be next week. The Artemis group now has 80 members here on the Island.

“It’s been a tremendous team effort to design, build and launch the AC72. We are looking forward to valuable training time on the Bay in the coming weeks,” said team CEO Paul Cayard.